Proving once again that ratings are only of vague importance in pay cable, HBO has ordered a second season of Vinyl, only a day after the disappointing ratings for the series premiere of the Martin Scorsese-produced '70s rock drama were released.

I had mixed feelings about Vinyl, but am hopeful that all the talent involved (particularly Terence Winter as showrunner and lead writer) will let it coalesce in time.


Alan Sepinwall has been reviewing television since the mid-'90s, first for Tony Soprano's hometown paper, The Star-Ledger, and now for HitFix. His new book, "TV (The Book)" about the 100 greatest shows of all time, is available now. He can be reached at