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HBO is investing in the music business.
The pay cabler has renewed freshman series Vinyl after one episode, it was announced Thursday.
The period drama hails from impressive auspices including Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and former Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos writer Terence Winter. Scorsese directed the two-hour pilot, which aired Sunday. Although the first episode drew small numbers (an average of 760,000 viewers), the renewal is not surprising given the talent involved in the prestige project.
The series stars Boardwalk alum Bobby Cannavale as a record label president in the 1970s trying to save his company. Other castmembers include Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, James Jagger and Paul Ben-Victor.
Victoria Pearman, Rick Yorn, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, John Melfi, Allen Coulter and George Mastras also serve as executive producers on the series, with Winter set as showrunner. Mick Jagger is also exec music producer.
The Vinyl renewal comes as HBO prepares to say goodbye to critical darling The Leftovers, and with still no word yet on a possible third season of True Detective, which returned to mixed reviews this past summer. (The network did, however, sign creator Nic Pizzolatto to an overall deal in November.
Several other drama projects have been delayed on their way to the small screen. HBO’s big-budget bet Westworld went on a temporary production hiatus, and the network recently went back to the drawing board on the mini Lewis and Clark.
Vinyl also joins returning drama Game of Thrones; there is no episode count yet for season two.
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