HBO Axes “Vinyl” After One Season

HBO has announced that they’re not moving forward with a second season of their high-profile rock ‘n’ roll drama “Vinyl” despite having renewed it around the time of the series premiere.

Bobby Cannavale starred as a 1970s record executive trying to save his company. Premiering early this year, both reviews and ratings were tepid and didn’t improve as the season continued.

The news also follows the April exit of showrunner Terence Winter (“Boardwalk Empire”) who was let go after overseeing the long-in-the-works drama from executive producers Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.

In a statement, HBO says: “After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl. Obviously, this was not an easy decision. We have enormous respect for the creative team and cast for their hard work and passion on this project.”

Economics likely played a part in the decision, the first season reportedly cost a whopping $100 million, with $30 million of that going on the Scorsese-directed pilot. Another part is the changing of the executive regime at the network, the decision freeing up new HBO programming head Casey Bloys to put his stamp on the premium cabler.

This marks the third HBO series in recent years to be scrapped after a first season despite already having a second season renewal in place – the other two being “The Brink” and “Luck”.

Source: The Live Feed