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VINYL Canceled; Even Before The Revamp

by Jef Dinsmore
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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 season $100 million. That was a lot of money to shell out, but Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger wanted the best. Unfortunately VINYL grossly underperformed. The big-budget period drama drew soft ratings for its first season, with viewership between 760,000 and 570,000 for a premiere airing. The ratio between cost and viewership simply did not equate.

 So what does this cancellation say here? Does it mean that HBO only has enough money in its coffers to sustain one big period drama at a time and GAME OF THRONES is it? Does it mean that big works in development may never get off the ground? Does it mean HBO is going to have to find cheaper ways to still get the high quality programming it is known for and is that even possible?

 It is going to be interesting where this all leads. Just how well does a show have to do to keep on the network? VINYL may have had some flaws but it wasn’t a horrible show by any means. The problem lied with big names going in there and pumping in the money just to have the audience not rave enough about the story in the end. I guess they felt no about of revamping it could trim down the expense of the period piece. In the end VINYL shattered and the decision had to be made. It could have thrived, but now we just have to look for a replacement.       





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Gino Tele October 28, 2016 - 11:56 am

That show “NAILED IT”,……….a period piece of the early 70’s DAMN !!!!

Weds June 26, 2016 - 5:39 pm

I don’t think this is an issue of budget, so much as it is an attempt to right the course for the network.

I liked the show, and would have absolutely tuned in for the second season, but given all of the talent involved, I still have to admit that it was a bit of a disappointment.

Bloys can now use that money to begin filling out the schedule with one (or both) of the new drama pilots he green-lit (both of which sound promising).

So next year HBO will have a lot of returning comedies, Game of Thrones, The Deuce, Westworld, the final season of The Leftovers, Sharp Objects, and the limited series Big Little Lies.

Between those, the series pick-up of Barry, and the return of Curb Your Enthusiasm, next year is shaping up to be a great one for HBO, despite all of the recent pontificating about how they’re in a slump.

Jef Dinsmore June 26, 2016 - 5:59 pm

Here is hoping 2017 will make them a more solid network because their competition is not slowing down as the fight for viewers gets tougher. One slump year is all it takes for eyes to start wandering elsewhere.

We keep the same tally you so regarding how 2017 looks and agree with you that it looks promising. HBO just can’t rest on its laurels when all looks good.

billy June 24, 2016 - 6:15 am

Sad to see Vinly go ,great show but very expensive with low ratings. Leftovers will finish filming in september; so that show, more than likely, will take the winter lineup with the Deuce and the limited series The Young Pope. Crashing and Girls should round out winter lineup

Jonas June 23, 2016 - 9:46 pm

Do you guys expect Leftovers to come in 2016 or could it run with Girls + X ?
Would love to see Leftovers + TheDeuce this Winter!

Jef Dinsmore June 24, 2016 - 1:49 pm

I think THE LEFTOVERS will sit in the January 2017 Winter slot. When there is confirmation we will pass it on.


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