Richie sees dead people and other assorted clichés on a still engaging episode of Vinyl

B-

Am I right in assuming that most of you figured out Ernst was dead (or at least imaginary) from the moment Richie started talking to him? I say that not to flaunt any kind of intellectual superiority—I’m a very gullible viewer—but to point out how tired a device it is: the concept of a mentally unstable character with…

Richie Finestra’s likability gets pushed to the limit on an ugly episode of Vinyl

C+

As TV-critic godfather Alan Sepinwall pointed out in his book The Revolution Was Televised, so many great television shows of the late 20th/early 21st century have focused on tortured male protagonists—men whose actions aren’t always loved by the audience, but are at least understood thanks to the deep sense of pathos…

Vinyl’s Richie Finestra flirts with both the light and the dark in the show’s second episode

B+

When Richie Finestra returns to the American Century offices after the events in the first episode of Vinyl, his rock ‘n’ roll rebirth extends far beyond a renewed cocaine habit. First, he abruptly cancels the buyout with Polygram. When his partners protest, he draws inspiration from the Bruce Lee films he’s spent all…

Here’s the first full teaser for Vinyl, the new show from Martin Scorsese and Boardwalk Empire’s Terence Winter

Yesterday we reported on a short, mood-setting teaser for HBO’s new series Vinyl, a co-production from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Boardwalk Empires Terence Winter. But while the brief clip was certainly evocative—of drums, drugs, and lips, specifically—it was light on information about what the show, which…