HBO's new rock drama Vinyl premieres on 14 February and Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese confirmed that he will be involved with the series throughout season 1. The show is based on the world of the rock and roll music industry in 1970s New York City.
Scorsese, who attended the Television Critics Association winter press tour on 7 January, said, "I've already in the first season been even more involved in these episodes and all stages of production. I'll continue working with the music. This is something that's very natural to me — and very close to my heart. I hope I can work out the time to direct a few more."
Martin Scorsese directed the pilot episode and is the executive producer alongside Mick Jagger and Terence Winter.
Mick Jagger also talked about how they came up with the idea. He revealed, "The genesis of this really was an idea I had years ago that I took to Marty [Martin Scorsese]. We tried to develop it as a movie, and we developed and developed and wrote scripts. When TV series started coming online and becoming interesting, respectable and money making, we decided to make it a series."
The official synopsis for the show reads as follows:
From Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, this new 10-episode drama series is set in 1970s New York. A ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop, the show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra, played by Bobby Cannavale, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path.
The show stars Bobby Cannavale as Richie, the founder and president of American Century Records, who has a great ear for discovering talent and who undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision.
Actress Olivia Wilde stars as Richie's wife, and Everybody Loves Raymond actor Ray Romano will be seen as one of Richie's partners. The cast also includes Juno Temple, Andrew Dice Clay, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, James Jagger, Jack Quaid, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, PJ Byrne, JC MacKenzie, Bo Dietl, Armen Garo, Robert Funaro and Joe Caniano.