June 22, 2016
HBO has changed its mind on Vinyl, announcing today that it will not be moving forward with a second season after all. This news comes four months after the freshman drama was picked up for Season 2 just days after its premiere episode aired.
The cancellation comes as a bit of a surprise, seeing as how the cable network showed early confidence in the series by issuing the original renewal. It is rare for an HBO series to only run for one season, though not unheard of. It made a similar move with comedy The Brink in 2015, renewing the show during its first season only to change its mind and cancel it a few months later.
The network released the following statement regarding today's news:
After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl. Obviously, this was not an easy decision. We have enormous respect for the creative team and cast for their hard work and passion on this project.
While no reason was given for the reversal in decision, the show's modest ratings and high production costs likely factored into the decision. Also of note is that HBO's chief programmer, Michael Lombardo, has stepped down since the show's initial renewal, and that his replacement may not have shared his vision for the series.