Roadies is creator-director-writer Cameron Crowe’s love letter to rock music, a Showtime series premiering Sunday night that wants to summon up everything he felt for the music he used to cover as a Rolling Stone journalist back in the 1970s.
Vinyl wrapped up its first season Sunday night on HBO with a spray-painted rave-up that attempted to psych out the viewing audience, to convince us that this series has the sound and vision that will leave us wanting to see next season’s grand plan for the advent of late-1970s punk and disco. The tenth-episode finale was written by the show’s co-creator and show-runner Terence Winter, and was his swan song, since he and HBO have parted ways for next season. Beginning to the strains of The Count Five’s “Psychotic Reaction” and ending with the MC5’s “Kick Out the Jams”—in other words, from a great one-hit wonder to a great cult song, neither of which would have actually helped Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) save his record label—the Vinyl episode entitled “Alibi” did a great job of summing up most of what’s been wrong with Vinyl.
Girls: Lena Dunham Makes The Girls Grow Up Girls was such a pop-culture phenomenon when it premiered in 2012—the subject of hundreds, thousands of think-pieces about this new, millennial-minded approach to television-making—that it was sometimes hard to experience it for what it was: a sitcom about some pals and their friends and lovers. In the fifth-season HBO premiere, we get Girls with a bracing clarity: creator Lena Dunham goes for more laughs, more tender moments, and we don’t have to always think about what this show is telling us about The Way We Live Now.
Who says rock is dead? HBO has renewed its vintage music drama Vinyl for a second season, the cabler announced Thursday. The season order is surprising, given that Sunday’s two-hour premiere drew a paltry 764,000 viewers. How do you feel about Vinyl’s quick renewal? Hit the comments!
Boasting the participation of legendary rocker Mick Jagger, as well as venerated New Yorker (and well-known rock buff) Martin Scorsese, the new HBO music drama Vinyl promises a mostly authentic depiction of the ‘70s NYC music scene from two of the men who lived through it. When he’s not making major motion pictures like The Wolf of Wall Street and Shutter Island, Scorsese has devoted his time to chronicling the lives and careers of some of America’s most famous musicians. Sadly, none of those rockumenatries are currently available to stream, but you can use your HBO subscription to view this four-hour look at the so-called “Quiet Beatle,” George Harrison.
Music has always been an animating energy in the cinema of Martin Scorsese, and he is of the age (he’s now 73) to have grown up alongside the evolution of rock & roll. This gives his new HBO series Vinyl, premiering Sunday, the weight of birthright: He can claim this music—from Chuck Berry on through to punk, disco, and rap-which-became-hiphop—as art experienced first-hand, up-close and personal, and has made artful use of it starting with his first major film, 1973’s Mean Streets. Vinyl tells the story of Richie Finestra, played by Bobby Cannavale in full, motor-mouthed glory, his every entrance into a room a brash, Saturday Night Fever stride.
As HBO drops the needle on Vinyl this Sunday with a two-hour, Scorsese-directed premiere, Yahoo TV spoke with Winter about the long road Vinyl took to the small screen, his own connection to the grimy New York of the 1970s, how Martin Scorsese was obviously not an Everybody Loves Raymond fan… and what it’s like to be in a TV writers’ room when Mick Jagger walks in.
“I saw the future,” screams Richie Finestra, lead character of Vinyl, after snorting a mountainous bump of coke and withstanding a full-frontal assault from the music that would become punk. It’s that cultural pivot point – when the bullet of punk blew away the rotting carcass of rock – that the turbo-hyped new HBO series Vinyl promises to capture. The always musically attuned director Martin Scorsese helmed the two-hour opening episode (which debuts Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m.).
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