HBO Cancels Plans for ‘Vinyl’ Season 2 After Early Renewal
Even diehard fans of HBO’s Scorsese-Jagger driven Vinyl knew that Season 2 would bring about some significant changes, but it looks like the record skipped after all. Despite setting a new showrunner after a formal Season 2 renewal, HBO has officially abandoned plans for Vinyl, effectively cancelling the prestigious flop.
“After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl,” said the network in a statement on the Bobby Cannavale-Olivia Wilde led project. “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.”
Vinyl now becomes the second high-profile HBO reversal in recent years, just as geopolitical comedy The Brink earned a second season renewal, before HBO walked back its decision. The network has notably struggled with launching major hits after Game of Thrones, and has seen a flurry of changes under new programming head Casey Bloys.
The drama stemmed from an idea by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, with Martin Scorsese directing the premiere. Bobby Cannavale starred as record label president Richie Finestra, alongside Ray Romano, Olivia Wilde, P.J. Byrne, Juno Temple, Ato Essandoh, Birgitte Sorenson and more.
Certainly an embarrassing defeat for HBO, but was Vinyl beyond salvation in Season 2?