The music industry comes with the perfect elements for a TV show: drama, sex, drugs, and of course, the music. Genres like country and hip-hop has hadsuccess with Nashville and Empire, respectively, and it’s time for rock and roll to have its turn with Vinyl.
Producers Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger have collaborated with Terence Winter - screenwriter of The Wolf of Wall Street and creator of Boardwalk Empire - to create Vinyl, a TV show that brings the music revolution of the 1970s to your television screens. Starring Bobby Cannavale as the president of the fictional American Century recording label, Vinyl explores a time in New York where music was changing and fueled by sex and drugs.
While viewers have already gotten a preview of Vinyl with the teaser trailer earlier this year, a new trailer (see above) focuses on the more visceral elements of the show. To the sound of The Stooges’ “I Want To Be Your Dog”, the trailer for Vinyl intends to capture the culture and lifestyle during the 1970s in New York. The rise of genres like punk, disco, and hip-hop were challenging the ideas of what rock and roll is, and the trailer reflects that period of time.
Here is the official logline for Vinyl:
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.
While the Vinyl trailer focuses mainly on early punk rocker, Kip Stevens (played by Mick Jagger’s son, James), the trailer does include flashes of glam rock, early disco fashions, and even a quick appearance from an Andy Warhol lookalike. The trailer also offers a quick introduction to a handful of the show's supporting players, including Juno Temple (Far from the Madding Crowd) and Olivia Wilde - who's also appeared recently on the HBO series Doll & Em - playing Devon Finestra, Richie's wife.
While it’s too early to tell if the show will become must-see TV, Vinyl has already shown a lot of potential - though, with potential comes high expectations. Its two trailers has already previewed an exciting tale of debauchery and music and its pilot episode will be directed by Scorsese himself (much like Boardwalk Empire's pilot was), which bodes well.
At the same time, it remains whether Vinyl can capture audiences like, say, Empire, which is currently one of the biggest shows on television. From the looks of it, Vinyl has a lot of promise and if the big names working behind the scene can deliver, it could be the next hit series you’ll end up watching from week to week.
Vinyl premieres in January 2016 on HBO.