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VINYL Canceled; Even Before The Revamp

VINYL Canceled; Even Before The Revamp

  New Programming President Casey Bloys is making his mark. He has officially cancelled ‘70’s rock-n-roll series VINYL.  That’s right– VINYL has been permanently scratched. If you recall Terence Winter, who served as co-creator, executive producer and showrunner was let go at the end of Season One and the show was going to be re-tooled by his replacement, Scott Z. Burns. All that came to a screeching halt when the plug was pulled even before that second season was able to get underway. What happened? It all came down to figures. VINYL was expensive! The two-hour VINYL opener is said to have cost about $30 million and the first...

A Retrospective: The Women of VINYL

A Retrospective: The Women of VINYL

Now that the dust has well and truly settled on HBO’s vibrant new drama series Vinyl it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the season and more specifically, the representation of women in the series. Despite the cast being dominated by male characters, its the three women who pull the strings and clear up the mess. They are the driving force behind the powerful men in the season and are often the cause of those men making big decisions. Terence Winter, the show’s main writer, explained in an interview with The Independent that they were conscious of being “true and faithful to the reality of how hard it was for women in...

Surprising News As Terence Winter Out As VINYL Showrunner

Surprising News As Terence Winter Out As VINYL Showrunner

Needless to say HBO could have been happier with the premiere season of VINYL. Its viewership was not as high as they hoped. Though the critics seemed to like it well enough the audiences were not there. However, the series had been granted a second season only days after its 02.14 premiere fueled by praise from the likes of The Hollywood Reporter who called it “rich, brilliant and addictive” and Rolling Stone calling it “excellent.” But at the end of the day HBO was looking to improve the sorely needed dramatic series for its sophomore season and as a result showrunner Terence Winter is surprisingly out. Winter has been let go...

VINYL Season One Finale: “Alibi”

VINYL Season One Finale: “Alibi”

Well, that’s all folks! Vinyl has reached its closing scene, we have landed back on the ground after flying high in the rip-roaring world of 1970’s New York. Have no fear though as HBO have confirmed that a second season will be happening so that final, awkward and intense stare between Richie and Zak will be explained…along with a whole load of other things that have been left open ended. The season finale mirrored the season premiere in that we were back at a New York Dolls gig, someone was murdered, Richie was sober and just to give it an extra kicker the over stylized look of the premiere was reprised with some...

VINYL: “Rock and Roll Queen”

VINYL: “Rock and Roll Queen”

Rock and Roll in the 1970s was a hectic, drug infused, frantically paced business. Add plenty of sexual encounters, drugs to seal potential deals and lucrative promises of sell out records, plus legions of fans and cold hard cash and you get the idea. Wow, what a wild time! As for American Century Records, it continues to take a pummeling in every which way. Colleagues test each other’s limits; bad decisions are followed by even worse consequences and relationships are strained and put to the test. I don’t even know what to say about Richie and Devon. It’s clear they are not getting back together – too many lies between the...

VINYL: “E.A.B.”

VINYL: “E.A.B.”

E.A.B. Three chords that lent themselves to the beginning of the punk movement in the 1970s. In E.A.B., we see the careful tutelage of Lester Grimes and the Nasty Bits; we see just how much blues had an impact on rock and roll and punk rock and of course, without fail, we see Richie in trouble. The Good: Lester has taken the Nasty Bits under his wing and demonstrates what it means to be a musician in the fullest sense of the word. It’s not about fame. It’s about feeling something in your gut. It’s about creating a sound, something that grabs a hold of the audience and they resonate with it. It’s about instruments and musical...

VINYL: “The King and I”

VINYL: “The King and I”

As last weeks aptly named episode “Cyclone” closed I thought Richie’s world start to dramatically crumble into nothing, a feeling that has been murmuring through each episode since the incident at The Mercer in Episode One. Yet again, however, we are taken on a whirlwind journey to Las Vegas where Richie and Zak have their sights set on signing The King himself. But we’ll get to that. My problem with Vinyl so far is that I just don’t know where its going or what its trying to say. It has painted a fantastically realistic and enticing picture of the music scene in New York in the mid 1970’s. Richie’s...

VINYL: “Cyclone”

VINYL: “Cyclone”

  Going into Episode 6 of Vinyl, I had already decided that I liked the series (If you need to catch up, here is the previous episode). In fact, I had decided that I liked it a lot. After Episode 6, I’m wondering if I had been underestimating its intelligence all along. As a die-hard David Bowie fan, I had been looking forward to his appearance on Vinyl. I do not know why Scorsese and company chose to set the series in 1973. I suspect it had more to do with the New York Dolls than anything else. Nevertheless, the setting immediately brought to my mind to the fact that the show would be set during the very brief existence of Ziggy...

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