Vinyl debuted on February 14th with a two-hour premiere directed by Martin Scorsese.
Created by Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Rich Cohen, and Terence Winter, Vinyl tells the story of Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), a record executive in 1970s New York City. Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, and Paul Ben-Victor also star.
The renewal comes despite lackluster ratings for the first episode. The series’ premiere received only 764,000 viewers.
Nevertheless, the series’ showrunner, Winter, has stated that he already has plans for season two. In an interview with Deadline, he said season two will continue to follow Richie as the show moves deeper into the ’70s and chronicles the emergence of punk and hip-hop.
Read the full renewal announcement below:
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18, 2016 – Following the critically acclaimed launch of the show’s first season, HBO has renewed the drama series VINYL for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Created by Mick Jagger & Martin Scorsese & Rich Cohen and Terence Winter, the show is a ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business of the early 1970s at the dawn of punk, disco and hip-hop.
VINYL kicked off its ten-episode first season Sunday, Feb. 14 with a two-hour pilot directed by Scorsese, from a teleplay by Terence Winter and George Mastras, and story by Rich Cohen & Mick Jagger & Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter, with other hour-long episodes debuting subsequent Sundays.
Starring Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, a record label president who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path, the first season of VINYL also stars Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, James Jagger and Paul Ben-Victor.
Among the early critical raves, the Hollywood Reporter called VINYL “rich, brilliant & addictive,” adding, “There’s nothing like it,” while New York magazine hailed it as “the first new must-see series of 2016,” noting, “Cannavale is so perfect.” Rolling Stone described the show as “excellent,” and the Washington Post said it was “flawless,” with TV Guide concluding that VINYL was “explosively entertaining.”
Season one credits: VINYL was created by Mick Jagger & Martin Scorsese & Rich Cohen and Terence Winter; executive producers, Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter, Victoria Pearman, Rick Yorn, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, John Melfi, Allen Coulter and George Mastras; executive music producer, Mick Jagger; showrunner, Terence Winter.”
What do you think? Did you watch the premiere of Vinyl? Did you like it? Will you stick around for season two?