HBO Abandons Plans for 'Vinyl' Season 2

The news follows showrunner Terence Winter's departure after a disappointing freshman run.
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'Vinyl'

HBO has pulled the needle from the record.

The premium cable network has opted to not move forward with a second season of rock 'n' roll drama Vinyl, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl," HBO said Wednesday 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."

The news follows the April exit of showrunner Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), who was let go after overseeing the long-in-the-works drama from executive producers Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.

Vinyl, which starred Bobby Cannavale as a 1970s record executive trying to save his company, opened to disappointing ratings for HBO. The two-hour series premiere averaged just 760,000 viewers in live-plus-same-day numbers. However, the show was quickly renewed for a second season no doubt due to its impressive auspices and hefty price tag. The two-hour Vinyl opener is said to have cost about $30 million and the first season $100 million.

Sources say the decision to cancel Vinyl rather than reboot the series for season two is part of a move designed to free up new HBO programming head Casey Bloys to put his stamp on the premium cabler. Bloys took over for Michael Lombardo earlier this year.

The Vinyl decision comes as HBO has had a string of public struggles — Westworld has been twice delayed and will now debut in October after being originally eyed for 2015; two shows picked up to series from David Fincher were ultimately abandoned, as was a limited series from Steve McQueen; and its Lewis and Clark mini was scrapped.

Vinyl becomes the latest HBO series to be canceled after earning a second season. The cabler did the same with Jack Black-Tim Robbins comedy The Brink and famously scrapped Luck's sophomore run after a string of horses died.

HBO is heading into Game of Thrones' season-six finale on Sunday with the fantasy drama earning high praise for its current run. Next up are Sarah Jessica Parker comedy Divorce, long-in-the-works Vice Principals and David Simon's The Deuce, among others.

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