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Vinyl Creator Terence Winter Stepping Down as Showrunner

That record scratch you just heard was the sound of Vinyl losing its showrunner.

Series creator Terence Winter is exiting HBO’s rock ‘n’ roll drama, citing creative differences, our sister site Deadline reports. Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum) has been tapped to succeed Winter, with Max Borenstein (Fox’s Minority Report) also joining as an executive producer.

Vinyl, which was renewed in February after just one episode, centers on Bobby Cannavale’s Richie Finestra, a 1970s New York music exec trying to make a career out of the city’s diverse music scene. Its Feb. 14 series premiere brought in just 764,000 viewers.

“As we head into the second season of Vinyl, we have decided it is an appropriate time to make a change in the creative direction of the show,” HBO said in a statement. “We have enjoyed a longtime partnership with Terry Winter at HBO on projects from The Sopranos to Boardwalk Empire to Vinyl, and we look forward to our next collaboration with him. We are pleased to welcome Scott Z. Burns, executive producer and showrunner, and Max Borenstein, executive producer, as the new team helming the show.”

In addition to being his third collaboration with HBO, Vinyl marked Winter’s second team-up with executive producer Martin Scorsese. The two previously worked together on the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street.

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13 Comments
  1. Bill mcgee says:

    …you mean the show that JUST started?!

  2. EJ says:

    HBO should “unrenew” Vinyl. It’s not as if they’ve never done this before. The show doesn’t work and doesn’t justify a second season, anyway.

  3. So this means he’s now available for a Sopranos revival?

  4. cuius says:

    This “early renewal” is becoming TV’s equivalent of the automobile industry’s “we’re doubling production of the XXX model due to unexpected demand” – it’s just marketing hype

  5. Hellas13 says:

    Other than the pilot a total disaster. Not surprised.

  6. christopher bee says:

    I adore this show because it´s for adults with an attitude for art. Thank you Mr. Winter and good luck to the new showrunners.

    • cc says:

      “It’s for adults”, meaning like another HBO show where drugs and guns are involved? Very unique. This show really was the same story Scorseze does in different setting. I still don’t understand why HBO renewed it so soon.

  7. I’m kind of with the crowd here. The first few episodes were pretty good, my favorite character is Julie the A&R guy. His sarcastic comments are just too funny. Lately it seems like the plot lines have just gone way astray.

  8. Steve68 says:

    I’ve really been enjoying the show. It’s unexpectedly funny and moving with a great cast. As for ratings plenty of HBO series have gotten renewals with much weaker performances. I guess we’ll see where they intend to go with it.

  9. The Beach says:

    I was really looking forward to this show. Having grown up in this era and being a major music lover I know what a goldmine of material they have to draw from. I do watch Vinyl and like it ok but I don’t love it like I expected to. Maybe a new showrunner is just what it needs.

  10. Yasin says:

    This is actually his third team up with Martin as Martin was also an executive producer on Boardwalk Empire.

  11. Allie says:

    This show doesn’t have one attractive character and I find myself not caring about any of them. Bobby Cannavale over acts so badly and yells so much that I stopped watching. Everyone is a caricature/cartoon character and the stereotyping is pretty bad. New York Jews, pushy Italians, sleazy white girl with drugs, gangster/mafia types. It’s just bad and Ray Romano is the most annoying character.

  12. Joel Sasser says:

    Oh that’s a relief, the Minority Report TV show was such a success. I agree with the masses – Vinyl is not working. I wanted so badly to love it.