Did you expect the shaky debut numbers for episode one of Vinyl to spell doom for HBO’s latest drama? No dice. The pay cable giant is going to do more than just stick with the show. They’ve already decided to double down on a second season of the ’70s set program.
HitFix is reporting that HBO has renewed Vinyl (your best source for unlikely Ray Romano moments) and will be airing its second season whenever that comes about. It’s not too shocking that Vinyl would be a property HBO is bullish on. It’s a period drama that looks great, has tons of star power behind the scenes (see: Martin Scorsese, writer/editor Rich Cohen, Boardwalk Empire showrunner Terence Winter and Freejack upstart Mick Jagger), probably cost a pretty penny to get off the ground and comes complete with some strong critical endorsements.
The chatter about what these early numbers mean for Vinyl will likely continue even with this enthusiastic vote of confidence from HBO. There’s a strong possibility the lengthy pilot scared some potential viewers off, but they could come aboard on Sunday thanks to the switch from a two hour series opener to a more manageable hour. Factor in last week’s return of The Walking Dead, and there’s reason to believe Vinyl could find some momentum with viewers that have caught up.
Still trying to sort out if Vinyl‘s worthy of a spot in your TV rotation? Give this review from our Keith Phipps a gander.