The Curious Case of “Vinyl”

This past spring HBO came out with a new drama series called Vinyl. This show is a historical fiction series set in the early 70s that explores the ins and outs of the music industry in New York City. Set with an all-star cast, including Olivia Wilde, Bobby Cannavale, and Ray Romano, and written/created by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, the series seemed too big to fail, but by the time the summer started HBO had decided to cancel the show completely. I personally loved the show and everything that it had to offer as both a form of entertainment and even possibly an inside look into what the Rock ‘n Roll music industry might have been like back then. From my understanding of how the show was filmed, Mick Jagger had most of the creative input while Martin Scorsese decided on how it would be filmed. This dynamic led to a very unique story telling aspect with great visual representations and cinematography. Ultimately I think that the downfall of the show was a lack of being able to interest today’s show series market even though it could represent the interest of a focused enough fanbase, the salary payouts were probably too high.

Some interesting comments about reviewers thoughts of the show-

HBO Cancels ‘Vinyl,’ Scrapping Plans for a Season 2 Revamp

Nick Luedeke

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One Response to The Curious Case of “Vinyl”

  1. marymdalton says:

    I watched the pilot but just couldn’t quite get into the show…it felt like a bit of a mess to me structurally, but I can see where the nostalgia would be appealing…especially to people who didn’t live through the era!

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