HBO’s 2016 lineup starts off stacked next February, leading off with the two-hour series premiere of “Vinyl,” directed by the (very busy) Martin Scorsese, on Feb. 14. Consider it the premium channel’s Valentine to viewers.
The music industry drama, set in the sex, drugs, and disco world of 1970s New York, follows record label president Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), and co-stars Olivia Wilde and Ray Romano. “Vinyl” is executive produced by Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter (“Boardwalk Empire”). The ten-episode season will air Sundays at 9 p.m.
Then, on Feb. 21, Lena Dunham’s oft-frustrating “Girls” (10 p.m.) returns for its fifth season—after an admittedly strong Season 4 finale—while Jay and Mark Duplass’ “Togetherness” (10:30 p.m.) comes back for its sophomore run after a weird and wonderful debut. The low-key, and low-rated, comedy will have to survive HBO’s second season gauntlet, which recently felled great, little-seen dramedies “Enlightened” and “Looking.”