One of the purported reasons for Boardwalk Empire to have been given a shortened final season was because executive producer Terence Winter was eager to begin production on his next series Vinyl, which would see him teaming with his Boardwalk and The Wolf of Wall Street collaborator Martin Scorsese, as well as rock ‘n’ roll legend Mick Jagger. As a result of this unique, star-studded partnership, HBO is set to debut its brand new ’70s-set music industry drama, starring Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, and Juno Temple in 2016.
Earlier in the week, the network sent out a quick teaser via Instagram, hopefully whetting the appetites of both Scorsese and classic rock fans alike. And now, along with the full trailer, HBO has provided this synopsis of the series:
“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.”
Scorsese will direct the Winter-written pilot, and the two will serve as executive producers alongside Jagger. Wilde will play Cannavale’s wife, Devon Finestra, while Romano (in a blink and you’ll miss him moment from the trailer) will play Finestra’s partner Zak Yankovich. Temple, meanwhile, will take on the role of office assistant Jamie Vine. The series will also feature appearances by Andrew Dice Clay, Max Casella, and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen.
The business of television is often about one thing: trends, and one of its most recurring trends is music. Television loves music-based projects, and it doesn’t hurt that the hottest show on broadcast television right now, Empire, is a set in the world of music. However, it is not the only one. The announcement of Glee’s ending spawned the development and eventual airing of numerous music-based projects, including NBC’s yearly live production of a classic Broadway show, as well as FX’s Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. Again, those are just the ones that made it to air and currently exist. Other projects include a musical attempt to adapt the life of Fred Durst for The CW and Crazy Ex Girlfriend, which is soon to air on the same network.
As far as Vinyl goes, the trailer does have a Goodfellas kind of vibe, and that’s certainly not a bad thing. The series also appears to have all the hallmarks of a Scorsese film, like Cannavale’s voiceover, which is reminiscent of Ray Liotta’s as Henry Hill, plus there are the copious amounts of drugs, quick flashes of handguns, and what appears to be general mayhem – albeit set around a completely different kind of organized crime. At any rate, the series looks as though it will have plenty of energy to keep audiences entertained.
Vinyl premieres in 2016 on HBO.
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