ByJack Carr, writer at
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Jack Carr

"You wait years for a sexy, drug-fuelled musical TV series set in the '70s, then two come along at once", goes an old saying, and it's true: this month HBO will launch Vinyl, whilst in August Netflix will unleash The Get Down. The best things, it seems, come in pairs.

Vinyl is the story of Richie Finestra, exec at the fictional record label American Century, "trying to save his company and his soul". In doing so he crosses paths with everybody from rockstars desperate for a big break to the New York City mob. Check out the trailer for the first episode below.

If you're intrigued but not yet fully convinced, here are 5 further reasons you should be spinning Vinyl when it premieres.

1. Bobby Cannavale is in it

Heading up the cast of Vinyl is Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra. You almost definitely know Cannavale already, if not by name. In last year's Ant-Man, he was the good guy cop trying to protect Scott Lang's daughter and ex-wife. Any other act would've struggled to make the role fun. Cannavale makes every role fun.

He also had significant roles in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine and the best comedy of 2015, Spy, but his strongest acclaim came for the role of Gyp Rosetti in HBO's Boardwalk Empire. For that, he won an Emmy. Fair to say this man is going places, and his magnetism and versatility - particularly the ability to play lovable rogue types - make him the perfect lead star for a series like this.

Plus, you know, that hair.

2. Martin Scorsese directed it

It says a lot about the way in which we view TV these days that a director of Martin Scorsese's calibre can be recruited to direct a TV series. The Wolf of Wall Street legend was behind the camera for the pilot episode, also contributing story ideas for the whole season, and will return to direct future episodes.

3. The sheer pedigree

Mick Jagger is the creator of this brilliant show, pitching storylines in line with his own experiences in the music industry in the '70s. Mick Jagger, you guys. For a show about sex, drugs and rock n' roll, that's about as authentic as things can be. This man has literally lived, screwed and snorted it all.

And it doesn't end there. Vinyl was also created by Terence Winter, the Sopranos and Wolf of Wall Street writer who also created HBO's hit series Boardwalk Empire. This man's words are art. Other creators of the series include legendary producer and director Martin Scorsese and author Rich Cohen. Olivia Wilde brings her trademark cool and sex appeal to the role of Devon, Richie's intelligent wife. Basically, the omens are great.

4. It's fun for HBO

HBO has an unparalleled reputation for making brilliant television, the kind of shows that sweep up every award going, whether it's The Leftovers or The Sopranos or Game of Thrones. But outside of comedy, their series can feel a little self-consciously serious. Sometimes they lack the fun of AMC or FX dramas.

Friday night vibes, on the #Vinyl set. Photo: @arnold_daniel

A photo posted by Vinyl on HBO (@vinyl) on

Vinyl is literally coated in a sugary, cocaine-fuelled, rock-soundtracked sense of fun. This show is a celebration of all the highs and lows in an insane period of music history. It's something new for HBO, and that is very good news for us.

5. Second time lucky?

This is not the first time HBO has tried to get a series like this off the ground. In 2015, they pulled the plug on a drama set in the '80s and directed by David Fincher mid-way through shooting due to creative difficulties. That series was all about the birth of the music video during the imperial era of MTV, and it sounded seriously awesome.

Exhale. #Vinyl Photo: @arnold_daniel

A photo posted by Vinyl on HBO (@vinyl) on

It sucks that it got buried, but kudos to HBO for finding another director of Fincher's calibre and making a musical drama happen.

Vinyl premieres February 14th on HBO, and will be available to watch on catch-up service HBO Now for subscribers. If you're bummed out by Netflix's limited library, now be the time to make the jump.

Meanwhile, read more about Baz Luhrmann's '70s disco and hip-hop drama, The Get Down: Baz Luhrmann's 'The Get Down' on Netflix Will Be Your Next Big Binge-Watch of 2016.


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