HBO has announced it is pulling the plug on its epic music drama Vinyl.
The Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger-executive-produced series, which recently saw the exit of showrunner Terence Winter back in April, had previously been renewed for Season 2 but, according to THR, those plans have now been scrapped.
Vinyl followed New York record exec Richie Finestra, played by Bobby Cannavale, as he attempted to navigate the murky waters of the music business in 1970s. The show averaged 760,000 viewers with its two-hour premiere back in February and ultimately never built up a strong audience. Modest ratings and a hefty price tag ($30 million dollar pilot and $100 million dollar first season) likely both played a role in the decision to throw in the towel.
“After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl,” HBO said in a statement. “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.”
Scott Z. Burns was brought in to fill Winter’s shoes after the show finished its first season run and, according to Variety, he was in the early stages of creating a blueprint for Season 2 but had not yet turned in any scripts upon cancellation.
Vinyl, which co-starred Ray Romano, Olivia Wilde and Juno Temple, joins HBO’s Luck and The Brink, as series’ cancelled after earning a second season.