HBO is pulling the plug on Vinyl.
The premium network has axed the low-rated period drama, making Vinyl a rare example of an HBO drama series killed after only one season.
The network said in a 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.”
Previously, showrunner Terence Winter exited the project, which followed a volatile, drug-addicted record executive (Bobby Cannavale) in the 1970s and counted Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger among its producing team. The show cost a reported $100 million for its first season, yet episodes were delivering less than 1 million viewers for their initial airings by the end of the season.
And yet, the show was officially renewed for season 2. What happened? Chief programmer Michael Lombardo recently stepped down and was replaced by Casey Bloys, who reportedly wants to put his own on stamp on the network’s schedule.