Actor Bobby Cannavale is ideal for the role of Richie, a man with a good ear and a deep-rooted love for music who climbs to prominence from humble beginnings in the '60s, However I would say that the cast as a whole will likely draw viewers back to a world of Humble Pie and Frampton's Camel performing on radio's "King Biscuit Flower Hour" and business being conducted by rotary-dial phone. As Richie draws near to a once in a lifetime deal with a group of Germans for the sale of American Century, a deal that hinges on the signing of Led Zeppelin. The episode gives a number of memorable scenes ripe with entertaining period references and an underscore that shows the plight of the label's staff. The meeting turns volatile when Richie scolds those present for not seeing the commercial appeal of ABBA ("Who knew Vikings could sing?" is overheard after someone sees their 45's picture sleeve) and for letting The Good Rats slip away. Office assistant Jamie Vine (Juno Temple) offers a possible saving grace with The Naughty Bits, a young new band led by singer Kip Stevens (James Jagger, son of Mick Jagger). And when Frank "Buck" Rogers (a scene-stealing Andrew Dice Clay), the owner of a chain of radio stations, threatens a boycott of American Century airplay over an incident with Donny Osmond, Richie is drawn into a series of events that could threaten everything.
Rounding the cast out is Head of promotions/payroll Zak Yankovich (Ray Romano),the gifted yet shady head of sales Skip Fontaine (J.C. MacKenzie), and ill-fated artist Lester Grimes (Ato Essandoh) are among the engaging characters who could ensure that Vinyl lives for more than just one season. (www.hbo.com/vinyl)