The new HBO series Vinyl has only aired two episodes, but it seems the network has another success on its hands and there will be another season to look forward to; as it has been announced that the drama has been picked up for a second season.
The series, which stars Bobby Cannavale as record label boss Richie Finestra, tells the story of a 1970s New York record label and it is definitely full of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. The series was created by Sir Mick Jagger, Rich Cohen, Terrence Winter, and Martin Scorsese who also directed the premiere episode. It is believed that Scorsese will direct further episodes in the 10 episode first season. It also stars House‘s Olivia Wilde as Finestra’s wife Devon, who is depicted as a fictional muse of Andy Warhol (played by John Cameron Mitchell).
The series mixes fact and fiction with relative ease, as in the first two episodes 1970s bands such as Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground, and Pink Floyd being included in the action of the series. Jagger’s son James stars as lead singer of up and coming fictional British punk band The Nasty Bits and on the whole it works really well. It will be interesting to see how the drama of Finestra will unfold as he battles with his dependence on drink and drugs, and how his choices will affect his personal and professional life; with the potential that he could crash and burn and take all those around him with him.
Vinyl airs on HBO on Sunday at 9/8C and airs on Monday in the UK on Sky Atlantic.