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HBO Cancels ‘VINYL’

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Variety reports that HBO has decided to cancel Vinyl, the record industry drama that debuted back in February. The network had initially ordered a second season off the back of the pilot (which was directed by co-creator Martin Scorsese) but after a tumultuous season it was decided that the show should be outright canceled. Vinyl starred Bobby Cannavale as a 1970s record executive trying to navigate the music industry. This isn’t the first time HBO has canceled a show after already renewing it; the relationship drama Tell Me You Love Me was canceled nearly a year after it was renewed after the creator Cynthia Mort and the network couldn’t figure out what direction to take.

I never watched Vinyl but honestly I never heard much of anything about the show past the premiere so it didn’t seem like it had picked up any steam following the pilot. Canceling a show after already renewing it seems ridiculous though and considering it’s something HBO has done before maybe it’s time for the network to actually wait to see how something turns out before jumping the gun.

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CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Coming Back for 9th Season

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Curmudgeons unite! Deadline reports that Curb Your Enthusiasm, the long-running comedy from Larry David, will be returning for a 9th season on HBO following a five-year absence. The show, which stars David as a fictionalized version of himself dealing with life, premiered back in 2000 with two year breaks between many of the seasons. The announcement was made at the Banff World Media Festival by HBO’s head of programming Casey Bloys. David has kept busy in-between the seasons, co-writing and starring in the HBO comedy film Clear History and portraying Democratic Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Saturday Night Live. 

I’m all for another season as Curb is one of the funniest shows I have ever watched. I see a lot of myself in David, which is either a positive thing or means I’m going to die alone. Either or. No word on when the season will shoot or if the other cast members will return (I don’t see why they wouldn’t) but it’s coming and that’s all that matters.