May 5, 2018 at 8:21 am #1202540957
This will likely be my summer obsession and the next “Billions,” so I’m completely here for it.
About the Show
The Roy family–Logan Roy and his four children–controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world “Succession” tracks their lives as they contemplate what the future will hold for them once their aging father begins to step back from the company.
Created by Oscar and WGA nominee Jesse Armstrong (“In the Loop”), with the pilot written by Armstrong and directed by Oscar-winner Adam McKay (“The Big Short”), “Succession” kicks off its 10-episode season this June, exclusively on HBO. Jesse Armstrong, Adam McKay, Frank Rich (HBO’s “Veep”), Kevin Messick, Will Ferrell, Jane Tranter (HBO’s “The Night of”), and Mark Mylod (HBO’s “Entourage”) executive produce; Armstrong serves as showrunner.
Set in New York, “Succession” explores themes of power, politics, money, and family. Logan Roy (Brian Cox), the tough, powerful, aging patriarch, is head of Waystar Royco, a family-controlled international media conglomerate. He is married to his third wife, Marcia (Hiam Abbass), a loving, formidable partner.
Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), Logan’s eldest son from his second marriage, is currently a division president at the firm and the heir apparent. Roman Roy (Kieran Culkin), Kendall’s younger brother, is Logan’s outspoken, fun-loving son and no longer works at Waystar. Siobhan “Shiv” Roy (Sarah Snook), Logan’s only daughter and youngest child, has been pursuing a career in politics. Connor Roy (Alan Ruck), Logan’s eldest son, and only child from his first marriage, has pursued an independent life in New Mexico. In the season premiere, the Roy siblings are reunited with their younger cousin, Greg (Nicholas Braun), who has moved from Canada to New York seeking a foothold in the management of the firm’s theme parks.
On the periphery of the Roy family are Tom (Matthew Macfadyen), Shiv’s ambitious boyfriend and a senior executive at the firm, and Rava Roy (Natalie Gold), Kendall’s wife, with whom he shares two children and an emotional bond, despite their marital separation. Frank (Peter Friedman) is the firm’s COO, an old family friend, and a mentor to Kendall. In an effort to solidify his takeover of Waystar, Kendall is on the brink of buying out a digital media outfit from Lawrence (Rob Yang), its CEO and founder.
Tensions mount as Logan’s birthday descends into a power struggle between father and son, and between the siblings themselves. The Roy children face a difficult choice as a feud over company control and family loyalties collide.
Premieres on Sunday, June 3, 2018 @ 10 PM ET on HBO.
Discuss.May 5, 2018 at 8:45 am #1202540974
Promising group of people working on this, but not the cast.May 5, 2018 at 8:55 am #1202540981
It’s reversed for me. Cast is a thrilling one, especially Brian effin’ Cox. This better be better than “The Big Short.”May 5, 2018 at 9:21 am #1202540994
What do you mean thrilling cast? The only people I’ve heard of are Brian Cox and Matthew Macfadyen.May 5, 2018 at 9:27 am #1202541000
Kieran Culkin……one of my fav movies is The Mighty so I’ll give this show a look just becuase he is in itMay 5, 2018 at 10:33 am #1202541023
Watched the trailer. Boooring. A more dramatic Dynasty. Will flop. Maybe an honorary Golden Globe nom for Cox.May 5, 2018 at 9:10 pm #1202541160
The premise gives me white Empire teas, but I’m in nonetheless. Cox and Sarah Snook look great in this and Nicholas Britell did the score for the show and I’ve been obsessed with him since his score on MoonlightMay 6, 2018 at 6:01 pm #1202541525
I just saw the trailer of this before Westworld. I couldn’t tell if this was suppose to be a drama or a parody of some kind.May 6, 2018 at 7:21 pm #1202541556
I just saw the trailer of this before Westworld. I couldn’t tell if this was suppose to be a drama or a parody of some kind.
I genuinely do not understand the tone of the trailer. I don’t want to speak too soon but this looks like another big miss after Here and Now for HBO’s drama slate.May 7, 2018 at 5:20 pm #1202542997
Was excited for the show based on the flashes that I had seen in the “Coming Soon to HBO” montage, but after the comments here, I checked out the trailer and yikes. The royalty-free music was not a good look either. However, The Big Short‘s sub-genre does not always translate to a good trailer, so there is still hope.June 3, 2018 at 4:27 am #1202558013
Episode Title: “Celebration”
Synopsis: On his 80th birthday, media magnate Logan Roy, whose imminent retirement was thought to be a given, shocks his family by announcing he’s staying on indefinitely as CEO of Waystar/Royco. The news shatters his son Kendall, the heir apparent who’s in the midst of negotiating the purchase of a digital-media venture founded by a slick operator named Lawrence. After an impromptu softball game, tempers flare as Logan’s other children–Roman, Shiv, and Connor, raise objections over Logan’s intentions, including his desire to change the way his eventual successor will be chosen; Series Premiere.
Discuss.June 3, 2018 at 9:00 am #1202558075
Trailers have not been inspiring and the reviews seem to agree. Still gotta check out the first episode at least.June 3, 2018 at 9:42 pm #1202558386
Some moments had me rolling my eyes so hard but I was suprised by how much I enjoyed this.
Brian Cox was definitely not the lead, Jeremy Strong was (based off the pilot). Speaking of Strong, I didn’t really like him and his character was so annoying. All of the characters were annoying and I can see that turning into a problem.
Kieran Culkin was pure annoyance and I was here for it. His character was the worst but at the same time I loved him.
Sarah Snook didn’t have much screentime but she definitely caught my eye. I will be looking out for her in future episodes as she definitely impressed me.
Overall the show was flawed and had many cringey moments but Inwas entertained and I’ll be back next week.
B-June 3, 2018 at 11:34 pm #1202558430
Really liked it as I knew I would from the trailer. Premise is well-worn, true, but the ensemble is already selling it well enough. “White Empire” is pretty reductive, but I can see where that comes from, I guess. Hope it doesn’t implode after season 1 and gets longer than a season to flourish. Livingggg for Kieran Culkin already, as well as Sarah Snook, whose role I suspect will increase as the series progresses. Brian Cox plays the King Lear role just like you would expect him to. Not sure about Jeremy Strong yet, who seemed to get all the early raves. Lots of awkward scenes of posturing and generalized nonsense from him, but whatever. Adam McKay’s direction was solid. Felt like I was watching “The Big Short” in many sequences. Anyways, I’m in for the entire season.
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