What Made HBO Cancel Mick Jagger's 'Vinyl'?

August 3, 2016

HBO's short-lived series Vinyl had some serious star power behind it. It had Martin Scorcese and Mick Jagger backing it with a very talented cast which included Olivia WildeBobby Cannavale and Ray Romano telling the tales of rock n' roll doing the '70s. When they were confirmed to renew for a second season, what is it that made HBO close the book on the show?

While speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, network exec Casey Bloys revealed that since the departure of show runner Terence Winter, it would be next to impossible in order for Vinyl to "move the needle" past its mediocre ratings and reviews.

"It didn't land, I think, as we would have liked it, as [critics] would have liked it or as producers would have liked it," said Bloys. "With limited resources, we didn't think the retooling was worth the producers' time if it would only move the needle a little bit... With a little bit of distance, thinking about what we want to do going forward, it really becomes about priorities... If I have limited resources, there are other things I want to do. We will more carefully consider things; it's not something that I'd like to do or relish doing going forward - going back on things."

Actor Bobby Cannavale starred as a record executive "trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path." Even though Vinyl's budget and hype was more than enough, it got caught in the shadow of shows like Game of Thrones. Actor Bo Dietl said of Winter's departure was "a stupid thing to do," saying that much of Vinyl's downfall rested on the shoulders of its producers, saying "there were too many cooks in the f**king kitchen."

(source: Ultimate Classic Rock)