HBO Cancels Vinyl
By Allison Moore
Washington, D.C. (June 23, 2016) -- HBO has canceled the high-profile music drama, Vinyl, after one season, reports Deadline.com.
The cancellation comes although HBO had announced a season two renewal just a few days after the series premiered last February.
However, season one ratings, and more importantly, critical reviews were just so-so. HBO was counting on Vinyl, which was created by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, as well as Sopranos hand, Terence Winter, to be a flagpole show for years to come.
Vinyl featured a record producer (Bobby Cannavale) who struggled to keep his company aloft amid personal demons, a inconvenient murder, and changing conditions in the industry.
Despite the creators' belief that Vinyl would serve as a vehicle to tell the tale of the drug-fueled music scene of the 1970s, critics said its storyline often was hard to follow or made little sense.
The negative criticism stung HBO which relies heavily on good press to attract new subscribers and keep old ones. Several TV journalists yesterday said the channel's decision to ax Vinyl was done more because of the poor critical reception rather than the ratings.
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