vinyl cancelled

Vinyl should have been on huge. On paper, it feels like a surefire hit and another jewel in HBO’s crown of all-time great shows. A drama series set in the music industry circa 1973, produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, run by the great Terence Winter, and starring fine actors like Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, and Olivia Wilde sounds like a list of things that should have made this whole thing soar. Then people actually started watching the show and whoo-boy, no one had many nice things to say. What felt like an instant winner quickly turned into an expensive misfire.

Despite low ratings and disappointing reviews from critics and TV fans alike, HBO renewed Vinyl for a second season back in February. Today, they’ve backtracked: Vinyl season 2 has been scrapped and the show has been cancelled.

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Olivia Wilde wolf of wall street

It’s almost impossible to imagine anyone else but Margot Robbie in the role of Naomi Lapaglia in Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, but Olivia Wilde may have been an interesting alternate choice. However, the Tron: Legacy actress was apparently turned down for the part. Why? Because at 28, she was deemed “too old for the role.” Learn the whole story, after the jump.
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HBO Renews Martin Scorsese’s ‘Vinyl’ for Season 2

Vinyl Renewed

HBO is keeping the good times going. The network has renewed its 1970s rock ‘n’ roll drama Vinyl for another year, just one episode into its first season. The show’s pedigree is as prestigious as prestige TV gets: it hails from the Boardwalk Empire dream-team duo of Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese, plus Rich Cohen and Mick JaggerBobby Cannavale leads the ensemble cast as a self-destructive record label exec facing the dawn of punk, hip-hop, and disco in New York.
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Vinyl trailer

As a premium cable channel, HBO can show pretty much whatever the hell they want, and when it comes to their prestige dramas they rarely pass up an opportunity to do just that. Colorful curses? Great. Graphic, gory violence? Fantastic. Nudity? Yes please, and preferably while some esteemed British character actor is delivering a boring exposition dump.

But that’s not all HBO does. The network shows a very wide variety of programming, thank you very much. Why, just this winter, they’re premiering both Vinyl, which comes with all the usual trapping of an HBO prestige drama, and Sesame Street, which has none of them. And let’s not forget the new season of Togetherness, which earned tons of great buzz when it debuted last year. Watch trailers for all three shows — VinylSesame Street, and Togetherness — after the jump.
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HBO Vinyl

HBO is airing a couple of new shows next year worth getting incredibly excited about: a remake of Michael Crichton‘s 1973 sci-fi film, Westworld, and Vinyl. The latter is created by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) and produced by Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas) and Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones, duh). The last time Winter and Scorsese collaborated we got the unrelentingly giddy The Wolf of Wall Street, so these two working together again is one of the many, many reasons to watch Vinyl.

After the jump, watch the new Vinyl trail.

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HBO Vinyl

Martin Scorsese‘s latest project is coming to a small screen near you. HBO has announced a 2016 premiere date for Vinyl, the retro sex-drugs-rock-n’-roll drama from Scorsese, Mick JaggerBoardwalk Empire‘s Terence Winter. In addition, the network has also slotted return dates for Girls and Togetherness. Get Vinyl premiere date details and more after the jump.  Read More »

Vinyl trailer

“Sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll” isn’t just an expression when it comes to HBO’s Vinyl — they’re literally what the show is about. Set at the dawn of punk, hip-hop, and disco in 1970s New York, the drama stars Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, a record label president trying to save his company without destroying everyone around him.

Vinyl reunites the Boardwalk Empire executive producer of Martin Scorsese and Terence WinterMick Jagger is along for the ride as well, because if you’re making a drama about the 1970s music scene of course you want Mick Jagger involved. Watch the Vinyl trailer after the jump. Read More »

Vinyl Trailer

Here’s the first legit footage from Vinyl, which is the new HBO show from Martin ScorseseMick Jagger, and Terence Winter. And while we really liked the brief mood-setting teaser released earlier this week, this is something else altogether. Imagine the energy and approach Scorsese took to The Wolf of Wall Street, applied to a story set in the office of a struggling late ’70s record label and the stages and back rooms of the ’70s music scene.

Bobby Cannavale plays the president of the label American Century Records, and the first Vinyl trailer uses him as a way to introduce the first footage.  Read More »

Vinyl Teaser

There’s not a lot of footage in this first Vinyl teaser, for the new HBO show from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter, but when it’s footage from or for a Scorsese project, we’ll take whatever we can get. The show is set in the world of ’70s rock, specifically oriented around a fictional record label called American Century Records.

Bobby Cannavale plays the president of the struggling label, and there’s a huge cast to play friends, hangers-on, and various band members and budding stars. Not that you’ll see any of them in this first Vinyl teaser, which is all about boiling the scene down to iconic images, like instruments, lips, money, and drugs. Read More »

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