Newswire: HBO scratches Vinyl, rendering it unplayable

Sounds like HBO no longer digs Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger’s groovy tunes—the pay-cable network has just lifted the needle on their fledgling drama Vinyl. HBO issued a statement about the cancellation, which comes just months after the network gave the series a renewal.

“After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl. 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.”

Vinyl starred Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, a record executive yearning for the days of unvarnished rock ‘n’ roll. The show struggled in the ratings from the beginning, but the biggest blow was dealt in April, when Terence Winter was dropped as showrunner. Ultimately, no amount of (fake) cocaine or Ray Romano could keep the show on the air—although HBO seemed committed …

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