HBO Announces Premiere Date for Jagger/Scorsese/Winter Music Industry Drama ‘Vinyl’


HBO has finally announced the date on which we’ll be able to see whether Vinyl, Terence Winter, Mick Jagger, and Martin Scorsese’s frenzied trip down rock ‘n’ roll memory lane is one worth taking. The two-hour premiere, directed by Scorsese will air on February 14, 2016 at 9 PM ET/PT, at least guaranteeing us an excuse to stay in and experience other people’s problems instead of our own on Valentine’s Day.

The series follows (in a ten-episode first season) Bobby Cannavale’s record label president character, Richie Finestra, on what the official description calls “a ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop.” Apart from sex, drugs, and various genres of music, there are also people he encounters along this ride. They include characters played by Olivia Wilde (Richie’s wife), Ray Romano (one of Richie’s partners, who’s “tough and savvy” and has been in the business for a long time), Andrew “Dice” Clay (as a cocaine addicted owner of a radio chain), Ato Essandoh (who HBO described as “a former singer and ex-colleague of Richie’s”), Juno Temple (an “ambitious assistant” at Richie’s label), and James Jagger (as the lead singer of a band, Nasty Bits), among many others.

HBO also announced the season premiere dates for two returning shows: both Girls and Togetherness will be back February 21 (the former for its fifth season, the latter for its second).