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the-series-philosopher-vinylVinyl is an American period drama television series created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese (Boardwalk Empire), Rich Cohen (Magic City) and Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire). The series stars Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, a record executive in the 1970s. It premiered on HBO on February 14, 2016. On February 18, 2016, HBO renewed Vinyl for a second season.

From a teleplay by Terence Winter and George Mastras (Breaking Bad), and story by Rich Cohen, Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter, the pilot episode is directed by Scorsese. The first season consists of 10 episodes. Scorsese has said he hopes to direct further episodes of the series. Winter left his position as showrunner at the end of the first season due to creative differences, leaving the position to Scott Z. Burns.

Main Cast

  • Bobby Cannavale (Third Watch, Will & Grace, Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie) as Richie Finestra, a record executive trying to resurrect his label American Century.
  • Paul Ben-Victor (The Invisible Man, The Wire, Entourage) as Maury Gold, a charming, avuncular record company owner.
  • P. J. Byrne (The Game, Intelligence) as Scott Leavitt, the head of legal for American Century.
  • Max Casella (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) as Julian “Julie” Silver, the head of A&R of American Century.
  • Ato Essandoh (Elementary, Blue Bloods) as Lester Grimes, a former singer and Richie’s ex-colleague.
  • James Jagger as Kip Stevens, lead singer of Nasty Bits, a proto-punk band.
  • J. C. MacKenzie (Murder One, Dark Angel) as Skip Fontaine, head of sales for American Century.
  • Jack Quaid as Clark Morelle, a young A&R executive at American Century.
  • Ray Romano (Men of a Certain Age, Parenthood) as Zak Yankovich, Richie’s confidant and head of promotions at American Century.
  • Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Borgen) as Ingrid, a Danish actress favored by Andy Warhol and close friend of Devon.
  • Juno Temple as Jamie Vine, an ambitious assistant at American Century’s A&R Department.
  • Olivia Wilde (The O.C, House, Doll & Em) as Devon Finestra, Richie’s wife and former actress/model who was once part of Warhol’s Factory scene.
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