‘Vinyl’ showrunner Terence Winter exits before season 2

Vinyl -While “Vinyl” has hardly been a commercial success for HBO so far (its ratings have been disappointing to say the least, and its male lead is increasingly unlikable), the show was renewed long ago for a second season … and we now know that there will be some significant changes in store for the show when it does eventually return.

In a statement, the network has now made it official that Terence Winter, who ran the first season of the show and “Boardwalk Empire” before that, it going to be departing the series prior to the start of the second season. Meanwhile, executive producer Scott Z. Burns, will be taking his place:

“As we head into the second season of Vinyl, we have decided it is an appropriate time to make a change in the creative direction of the show … We have enjoyed a longtime partnership with Terry Winter at HBO on projects from The Sopranos to Boardwalk Empire to Vinyl, and we look forward to our next collaboration with him.  We are pleased to welcome Scott Z. Burns, executive producer and showrunner, and Max Borenstein, executive producer, as the new team helming the show.”

It is fairly easy to figure out that there some creative differences at the heart of this move, which certainly does make us wonder a little bit more in regards to where the show could go from here. We know that it has a great roster of producers including Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, but by and large it needs something more than that in order to have a breakout second season. In the end, we’re just going to have to wait and see precisely what happens here.

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