Vinyl has become the latest in a long-list on high-profile one season cancellations at HBO after the network confirmed it had scrapped plans for a revamped season 2.
The 1970s-set music drama with no shortage of cocaine, exec produced by a dream team of Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, drew disappointing ratings and mixed critical reviews when it premiered in February this year. Bobby Cannavale starred as a drug-fuelled record mogul alongside the likes of Ray Romano, Olivia Wilde and Juno Temple.
“After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of ‘Vinyl.’ Obviously, this was not an easy decision,” HBO said in a statement. “We have enormous respect for the creative team and cast for their hard work and passion on this project.”
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Vinyl had been renewed for a second season almost immediately after its pilot premiered in February but, at the of the series, it was announced that showrunner Terrence Winter had departed.
The decision to pull the plug on the big-budgeted drama comes after a major executive personnel shake-up at HBO, with Michael Lombardo last month stepping down after 10 years as Programming President.
Unfortunately, a big show with high hopes being cancelled after a single season is nothing new for HBO. In 2008, it pulled the plug prematurely on horse-racing drama Luck after the revelation that two horses had died during production. In addition, John from Cincinnati was cancelled two months after its premiere despite being tipped as the spiritual successor to The Sopranos.