HBO’s Disappointing Vinyl Launch is the Latest in a String of Woes for the Pay Cable Network

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

HBO’s disappointing Vinyl launch is the latest in a string of woes for the pay cable network

HBO spent about $30 million on the two-hour Vinyl pilot that only 1.1 million watched (counting three days of DVR viewing) and $100 million for the entire first season. "HBO is in a period of challenge,” explains The Hollywood Reporter’s Kim Masters. "It hasn't had a breakout drama hit since Game of Thrones launched in 2011, and in recent months, it has seen several troubled shows go expensively into and then out of production.” They include the troubled J.J. Abrams-produced Westworld, which was halted in December, and as Masters writes, "two shows from David Fincher, a limited series from Steve McQueen and another on Lewis and Clark from producers Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks." In fact, Masters reports that McQueen's series, Codes of Conduct, has been scrapped after shooting a pilot with Paul Dano, Helena Bonham Carter and Rebecca Hall.


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