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HBO un-renews ‘Vinyl,’ there will be no second season

'Vinyl' sucked, but Ray Romano was good on it.
‘Vinyl’ sucked, but Ray Romano was good on it.

While vinyl is more popular than it’s been in decades, HBO’s high-profile drama Vinyl is dead. Despite getting renewed for a second season before the series premiere even aired, after lackluster ratings, critical ambivalence, and the surprise departure of showrunner Terrance Winter, the cable network has changed its mind and announced that it will not return for a second season.

The series, co-created by Winter, Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, followed the exploits of a struggling record label president (Bobby Canavale) in the quickly changing world of the mid-’70s music scene. Most critics found the show, which clearly was an expensive one to make, to be tin-eared and too over-the-top and never found an audience despite airing at the prime 9 PM Sunday timeslot. HBO’s official statement:

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.

Ray Romano was really good on the show but, otherwise, this is probably for the best. RIP Vinyl the series. Long live vinyl the format.

Maybe HBO can change their minds and un-cancel Togetherness which was great and probably cost less to make a whole season of than one episode of Vinyl.

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