Terence Winter, who also served as an Executive Producer and Co-Creator of the show, is to be replaced by Scott Z. Burns as Showrunner who will be partnered up with Max Borenstein in Executive Producing duties. The news will come as a shock to some as Terence Winter has been working on HBO’s biggest shows over two decades with The Sopranos in an executive producer capacity, to creating and serving as showrunner for Boardwalk Empire throughout the shows run where he collaborated with Martin Scorsese on before they reunited to work on Vinyl.
This is the following statement from HBO regarding the news of Winter’s departure from Vinyl:
As we head into the second season of Vinyl, we have decided it is an appropriate time to make a change in the creative direction of the show.We have enjoyed a longtime partnership with Terry Winter at HBO on projects from The Sopranos to Boardwalk Empire to Vinyl, and we look forward to our next collaboration with him. We are pleased to welcome Scott Z. Burns, executive producer and showrunner, and Max Borenstein, executive producer, as the new team helming the show.
Vinyl has us following Bobby Cannavale’s Richie Finestra, a record label president who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path. The Vinyl cast includes Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, James Jagger and Paul Ben-Victor.
I haven’t been able to catch Vinyl as of yet but I was definitely interested in it since it was another Scorsese/Winter collaboration as Boardwalk Empire, until its final season, I thought was brilliant and you can’t go wrong really with having Bobby Cannavale leading the show but have heard decisive views from a few friends on the series but Winter’s departure is a surprise considering what he’s done before.