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Vinyl second season abandoned by HBO


Story by Jack Foley

HBO’s Vinyl is to be cancelled ahead of its second season.

The Bobby Cannavale star-vehicle from Terence Winter and executive producers Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger had been picked up for a sophomore run following the debut of its first two-hour episode.

But now that HBO has parted ways with Winter and given the disappointing viewing figures of the $100 million first season, the channel has made the difficult decision not to proceed with a second season.

A statement announced: “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.”

According to sources quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, HBO opted for cancellation rather than a reboot to allow new HBO programming head Casey Bloys to put his stamp on the channel rather than have to spend any more time on his predecessor’s, Michael Lombardo’s struggling projects.

But it comes at a difficult period for the channel given the high-profile departures of key personnel and some of the less successful series it has recently attempted to launch.

Vinyl follows Jack Black-Tim Robbins comedy The Brink and Michael Mann’s Luck in getting cancelled despite being initially promised sophomore runs. While two shows picked up to series from David Fincher were also abandoned, as was a limited series from Steve McQueen and its Lewis and Clark mini-series.

The twice delayed Westworld has only now been given an October debut after originally being eyed for 2015, leading to speculation that the star-studded re-imagining has troubles of its own.

Nevertheless, HBO does have the critically-acclaimed Game of Thrones still on its books (which is riding higher than ever off the back of the stunning Battle of the Bastards episode), while Sarah Jessica Parker comedy Divorce and long-in-the-works Vice Principals and David Simon’s The Deuce are among several new shows with high hopes.

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