HBO has canceled “Vinyl,” its 1970s music-business drama — which had filmed parts of the first season on Long Island — after ordering a second season in February.
In a statement, HBO said: “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.”
“Vinyl” — starring Bobby Cannavale as a blunt-force record exec — was a passion project of Mick Jagger’s, who had spent years developing it. Former “Sopranos” executive producer Terence Winter was showrunner. Martin Scorsese was also a co-creator and showrunner.
Nevertheless, it was evident to some viewers and critics that the series had problems from the outset (my review was negative, saying in part, “Vinyl” is a compelling idea in search of a compelling story. There simply isn’t much of one, in fact, and — abhorring the ever-present vacuum — a lot of other elements rush in to fill the void. Scenes are padded, lots of flashbacks are even more flaccid, while actors devour the helpless scenery.”)
Buzz eluded the series, then HBO hired movie writer Scott Z. Burns (“The Bourne Ultimatum”) to jump-start the series in a second season. Last month, HBO’s chief of programming Michael Lombardo was replaced by another veteran HBO executive, Casey Bloys, who made Wednesday’s decision.
While mostly a New York-based production (the series was set in New York, beginning in 1973), a number of scenes were shot in Sands Point.