Variety reported that HBO went back on its word that the series would see a second season after its premiere in February and has nixed plans for any further episodes despite getting an 8 out of 10 on IMDb and a certified fresh rating of 72% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The announcement also suggests the showrunner change from creator Terence Winter to Scott Z. Burns along with new programming execs and the bloated budget led to the cancellation.
Variety critic Brian Lowry wrote that the two-hour series premiere “is a big, messy affair, sometimes mesmerizing, occasionally aggravating, providing a taste of what’s to come while feeling too caught up in stylistic flourishes.” In other words, “entertaining”.
Vinyl now joins the ranks of the most high-profile one-and-done cancellations in HBO history. But, hey, at least we still got a couple more seasons of winter still not coming on Game of Thrones and the badass Westworld on the horizon. Not so sure about Any Given Wednesday, though. That definitely needs more drugs and orgies.