HBO has officially cancelled the 1970s rock and roll drama Vinyl after one season. Ray Romano, who played Zak Yankovich in the Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese-produced series, has said that news of the show being cancelled was "bittersweet".
Romano told ET Online, "I found out this morning, right before I was putting my makeup on. But you know, look, it's bittersweet because I'm so glad I got to play that role and try to stretch and go to those places, so I'm happy it was there. And who knows? There's a lot of different networks out there!"
In a statement, HBO announced, "We have decided not to proceed with a second season. 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."
After its premiere in February, the network had given the nod to renew it for season 2, with Scott Z. Burns replacing co-creator, executive producer and showrunner Terence Winter. However, HBO's head of programming Michael Lombardo told Deadline in May, "Vinyl didn't launch in the way we were hoping it would; it's disappointing, but it happens."
The 10-episode drama series set in 1970s New York saw Bobby Cannavale play Richie Finestra, a record label president who is trying to save his company and soul without destroying anyone in his path.
His co-stars were Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, James Jagger and Paul Ben-Victor. The big-budget period drama, despite its star cast, failed to impress the audience, thereby drawing only modest ratings.
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