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Vinyl: Showrunner Terence Winter exits

HBO announces ‘change in the creative direction’ of the record company drama

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Vinyl showrunner and executive producer Terence Winter has left the ’70s-set record company drama, it was announced today. Winter’s replacement as showrunner is Scott Z. Burns, whose credits include writing the Steven Soderbergh films Contagion and Side Effects. Burns and Godzilla writer Max Borenstein have also been made executive producers of the show. 

“As we head into the second season of Vinyl, we have decided it is an appropriate time to make a change in the creative direction of the show,” HBO said in a statement. “We have enjoyed a longtime partnership with Terry Winter at HBO on projects from The Sopranos to Boardwalk Empire to Vinyl, and we look forward to our next collaboration with him. We are pleased to welcome Scott Z. Burns, executive producer and showrunner, and Max Borenstein, executive producer, as the new team helming the show.”

Winter’s departure is a major surprise. Although Vinyl attracted a comparatively modest 764,000 overnight viewers for its two-hour martin Scorsese-directed premiere back in February, the show was renewed for a second season later that month. Moreover, Winter has been attached to Vinyl in one form or another for almost a decade. The showrunner was first recruited as a writer by Vinyl co-creators Scorsese and Mick Jagger in 2008, when the pair still planned the project to become a film. “I finished my version and then the world economy collapsed in 2009,” Winter told EW last year. “The whole thing ground to a halt and the decision was made to reinvent it as a TV series.”

In the same interview, Winter revealed his intention that the show, which opens in 1973, would proceed through the ’70s in subsequent seasons. “We will be advancing through the 1970s,” he said. “So, yeah, as the seasons progress, we will be moving ahead in time. So, by season 4, hopefully we’ll will be firmly into the later part of the ’70s.”

The ninth episode of the show’s first season will air April 10 at 10 p.m. ET. You can see a preview of the show, below.