What We Know About…
Production Company: The companies involved in finally making this series happen are Home box Office itself and Jagged Films which is run by Mick Jagger.
Written By: BOARDWALK EMPIRE’s Terence Winter and by George Mastras who worked on Breaking Bad prior to this assignment.
Directed By: Martin Scorsese sets the tone by directing the Pilot Episode. Other directors include Allan Coulter, Jon S. Baird, S. J. Clarkson, Carl Franklin, Nicole Kassell, Mark Romanek and Peter Sollett. Also the following are credited as Assistant or Second Unit Directors – G. A. Aguilar, Justin Bisschoff, Shane Kalman, Dan Majkut, Jeremy Marks, Josh Muaffer, Francisco Ortiz, Jim Rider and David J. Webb. Terence Winter is credited as Showrunner.
Executive Producers: Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter and Mick Jagger have been involved from the beginning. Joining them are Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and George Mastras and John P. Melfi.
Synopsis: A ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop, the show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra, played by Bobby Cannavale, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path.
Cast: Bobby Cannavale is cast as as Richie Finestra, the founder and president of a top-tier record label (American Century Records) with a great ear for discovering talent, who undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision.
— Olivia Wilde as Devon Finestra, Richie’s wife, a former actress/model who lived a Bohemian life in 1960s New York. Richie’s crisis causes strain on their family and propels her to re-immerse in her former lifestyle.
–Ray Romano as Zak Yankovich, one of Richie’s partners, the tough and savvy Head of Promotions of American Century with decades of experience dating back to the dark, mob-infested days of the recording business.
–Juno Temple as Jamie Vine, an ambitious assistant in the A&R Department of American Century. She uses her keen abilities to manipulate people and blend into the various subcultures of the New York music underground in order to break through the glass ceiling and get ahead at the record label.
–Andrew “Dice” Clay as Frank “Buck” Rogers, the cocaine-fueled owner of a chain of radio stations.
–Ato Essandoh as Lester Grimes, a former singer and ex-colleague of Richie Finestra.
–Max Casella as Julius “Julie” Silver, nurturing yet with an explosive temper, and the Head of A&R of American Century, who struggles to stay hip and relevant in the young man’s game of the rock ‘n’ roll business.
–James Jagger (pictured) as Kip Stevens, lead singer of Nasty Bits, an early punk-rock band.
–Jack Quaid as Clark Morelle, a young A&R executive at American Century who struggles for a foothold in the competitive environment of the A&R team.
–Birgitte Sorenson as Ingrid, a Danish actress favored by Andy Warhol and close friend of Richie Finestra’s wife, Devon.
–P.J. Byrne as Scott Levitt, Head of Legal for American Century Records
–J.C. MacKenzie as Skip Fontaine, Richie’s partner and Head of Sales for American Century Records.
Also cast are Bo Dietl as Joe Corso, a thuggish “independent promotion man” who may or may not have ties to organized crime; Armen Garo as Corrado Galasso, a New York mob boss; Robert Funaro as Tony Del Greco, chief enforcer for a New York mob boss and Joe Caniano as Leo, Richie’s longtime chauffeur and confidante.
Details: Hour-long drama series will shoot in New York and will reflect that city as it appeared in the 1970’s. Here is Trailer # 2.
Ordered: A ten-episode Season One.
Status: Production of Season One has wrapped.
Premiere Date: VINYL kicks off its ten-episode season with a two-hour premiere, directed by Martin Scorsese, on SUNDAY, FEB. 14 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT).
HBOWatch Links: This site’s first post was in June of 2013. That was followed by casting news on 03.16.14; Olivia Wilde joining on 04.11.14 and Ray Romano on 05.02.14. We begged for a title on 06.23.14. The still untitled project announced a series order on 12.02.14.
It was a long wait until 07.22.15 for some first shots. It finally became VINYL as we reported on 08.01.15; we dropped the first teaser on 08.06.15; the first Trailer (repeated below) on 10.04.15 and announced its February launch on 10.29.15. Above shows us Trailer # 2 and we are officially ready.
In Conclusion: Even though the trailer above announces “The time is now!” we have to wait until February 14 to receive the musical valentine called VINYL. Here is hoping for an exciting series. Will you watch?