Heads are rolling over at HBO as a major behind-the-scenes shakeup on its 1970s rock-n-roll drama “Vinyl” has seen co-creator, executive producer and showrunner Terence Winter being let go from the series due to creative differences.
Feature writer Scott Z. Burns (“The Borne Ultimatum”) and “Minority Report” TV series executive producer Max Borenstein will take over for the second season, while Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese remain onboard as executive producers.
It comes as a surprise as HBO has been a home for Winter since “The Sopranos” on which he was executive producer, and then “Boardwalk Empire” which he created and ran for its entire run. He and Scorsese, who also worked on ‘Boardwalk,’ teamed again for the big-budget “Vinyl” which was hoped to be a major draw for the network.
So far though it hasn’t been, reviews have been solid but not exemplary and ratings have been soft. The network says in a statement: “we have decided it is an appropriate time to make a change in the creative direction of the show.”