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The New Martin Scorsese HBO Rock’n’Roll Drama Will Be Called “Vinyl”

Rock’n’roll on TV is hot right now. Dave Grohl scored huge with Sonic Highways. Fox has a hit on its hands with Empire. Denis Leary’s new comedy, Sex’n’Drugs’n’Rock’n’Roll, is off to a good start. And it won’t be long before the Martin Scorsese drama, Vinyl (at least we think that’s the title), shows up on HBO.

Scorsese, as students of cinema know, loves to makes movies about the mob and is also a massive rock fan. After working with the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger said “Marty! Why not combine your love of music with your passion for making movies about mob life? It’s a no-brainer!”

The hour-long drama is set back in the coke-fueled 70s and follows Richie Finestra (played by Bobby Cannavale), the head of American Century Records who runs into series of crises that threatens his business and his relationships.

The mob connections come through his head of promotions, played by Ray Romano. Naturally, there’s a scuzzy A&R person who is unstoppably ambitious. And Andrew “Dice” Clay shows up somewhere.

Writing the series will be Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Wolf of Wall Street), so that should give you some idea of the tone the series will take.

There’s a little more detail at Variety.


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