HBO’s ‘Vinyl’: A New Rock Drama You Won’t Want to Miss
HBO dropped a brief teaser for its long-awaited rock drama, Vinyl, in August, but now it’s started giving audiences a more extended look at the anticipated series with several new trailers. The new full-length trailer for the show, which hails from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, promises a wild ride, with plenty of drug-fueled antics and even more punk rock debauchery than you might have expected.
Set in the 1970s, Vinyl stars Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, a charismatic New Yorker and the president of the record label, American Century Music. The series explores the sex- and drug-fueled music business at the time of punk, hip-hop, and disco’s breakout, all through the eyes of Richie, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path.
The show features a star-studded ensemble cast, including Ray Romano, who co-stars as Richie’s partner with a decade of music experience, Zak Yankovich, and Olivia Wilde, as Richie’s actress-model wife, Devon. P.J. Byrne plays Scott Leavitt, the head of legal for American Century Records while Joe Caniano portrays Richie’s longtime chauffeur and confidante, Leo, and Andrew Dice Clay plays Frank “Buck” Rogers, the obnoxious, cocaine-fueled owner of a chain of radio stations. Co-stars include Ato Essandoh, Robert Funaro, James Jagger, Birgitte Hjort Sorenson, and J.C. MacKenzie as well as Juno Temple, Max Casella, and Jack Quaid.
Boardwalk Empire‘s Terence Winter serves as showrunner for the new drama (previously titled A History of Music). He also co-wrote the script alongside Breaking Bad’s George Mastras. Scorsese, who directed the pilot episode, will serve as executive producer alongside Mick, Winter, and Scorsese’s manager, Rick Yorn. The series is reportedly based on an idea conceived by Jagger, so it should come as no surprise that the trailer is filled with lots of — what else? — sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
“Think back to the last time you heard a song that made the hair on the back of your neck stand up, made you want to dance, or go out and kick somebody’s ass,” Cannavale’s Richie urges at the start of the fiery new teaser. “That’s what I’m talking about.”
Those two sentences basically encapsulate the mood of the entire trailer, which flashes quickly through scenes of sweaty crowds fiercely dancing at a punk rock show and glimpses of towering drug piles, shady deal-making, and gun shots. Throughout it all, Richie hunts for “new, fresh, fast, exciting” talent in order to ensure the future of his company. As the character says towards the end of the clip, “That’s rock and roll. It’s fast, it’s dirty, it smashes you over the head.” As does this thrilling trailer.
All in all, the show certainly looks like something to get excited about, especially given all the high-profile talent involved both in front of and behind the camera. Luckily, audiences won’t have to wait too long to see if it lives up to the hype. The series will premiere on HBO on Sunday, February 14.
While Vinyl is one of the most anticipated series on HBO’s roster of upcoming shows, it’s not the only series from the network to look forward to next year. The premium cable network also has its Westworld adaptation and a Lewis and Clark miniseries set to premiere in 2016, as well as the developing Sarah Jessica Parker comedy, Divorce.