So. Farewell, then, Vinyl — after but a single season, you have been torn cruelly from our screens, cancelled unceremoniously by HBO, the network that a year ago was promoting you like crazy. Such is the fickle nature of television. But what of the small section of viewers who actually enjoyed Martin Scorsese’s demonstrably ridiculous tale of a coke-snorting, hard-living fictional record industry executive? Where will they turn next for tales of a fundamentally mediocre white man being lauded for making an arse of himself? Never fear; we’ve got you covered. Here are ten fictional (for now!) shows that could totally fill the void that Vinyl has left.
Elevator pitch: He’s the BRILLIANT but UNSTABLE professor who discovered quarks and snorted coke off the HIGGS BOSON!
Hard as Rocks
Elevator pitch: The story of a MAN who revolutionized geology as his MARRIAGE was CRUMBLING! [smash cut to man smoking crack in an abandoned quarry]
Elevator pitch: The untold story of the man who defeated the SJW CONSPIRACY but couldn’t defeat his ADDICTION to DIET COCA-COLA!
Elevator pitch: A champion BOWLER can’t keep his life from SPEEDBALLING out of control!
Elevator pitch: He’s an ASTRONAUT with ADDICTIONS; he went to the MOON, but not as often as he went to REHAB! [accompanied by footage of a man trying to snort drugs in zero gravity and SCREAMING in FRUSTRATION]
Elevator pitch: A groundbreaking VETERINARIAN can’t control the ANIMAL within!
Elevator pitch: Kevin is a junior project manager whose EXCELLENT ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS don’t extend to his RELATIVELY DISORGANIZED PRIVATE LIFE!
Elevator pitch: He’s a SHAKESPEAREAN SCHOLAR who wants to put his KING JOHN in your CORIOLANUS! Join the party or get thee to a NUNNERY!
Elevator pitch: He’s a brilliant BLOGGER driven to the edge by the CONTENT MACHINE; but his PERSONAL ESSAY will change EVERYTHING!
Elevator pitch: They’re the BAND BEHIND THE BAND; and once they’ve loaded out they’re READY TO PARTY! [Wait, apparently this one is real? WHO’S BEEN STEALING OUR IDEAS?! – Mad as Hell Ed.]