Going into the first season of “Vinyl” on HBO, it feels safe to say that some expectations were through the roof. This is a network known first and foremost for producing quality content, and the moment you saw that this was a music drama from executive producers Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese, we don’t know how you are anything other than confident that this would be a smash hit. There is zero reason to think otherwise at all!
However, after watching the reaction to the series by some critics, there are some issues that do need to be hammered out. There are questions regarding the lead’s likability, the overall feel of the show, and even the implementation of some plots. It’s incredibly ambitious, but it’s just not meshing yet in a cohesive way.
Luckily, the network has enough faith to have renewed it for a second season already despite some disappointing ratings. One of the big changes here, though, is that Terence Winter, who was the original showrunner, is departing. Winter himself addressed the process of working on the show recently while at the TV + Film Finance Forum East recently (per IndieWire), and he questioned in part the timing of it all:
“Period pieces are really tough. It’s tough to depict reality that’s still fresh in someone’s mind … Maybe it’s too soon? I don’t know.”
We’re not entirely sure if this is the issue, mostly because of the fact that you had “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” do so well, and it is even fresher than the era of “Vinyl.” We just think that this in particular is a very difficult concept, and something that is only good if you nail almost every aspect.
Expect “Vinyl” season 2 to air at some point in 2017. No premiere date has been set just yet.
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