Succession (TV series)

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Succession
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Genre Drama
Created by Jesse Armstrong
Starring
Composer(s) Nicholas Britell
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Regina Heyman
  • Dara Schnapper
Cinematography Andrij Parekh
Editor(s) Mark Yoshikawa
Running time 56–61 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network HBO
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format 5.1 surround
Original release June 3, 2018 (2018-06-03) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Succession is an American drama television series about a dysfunctional American global-media family that premiered on June 3, 2018, on HBO. It was created by Jesse Armstrong with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay serving as executive producers. McKay also directed the pilot episode. In June 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.

Premise[edit]

Succession follows "the Roy family – Logan Roy and his four children – who control one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world. The series tracks their lives as they contemplate what the future will hold for them once their aging father begins to step back from the company."[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Hiam Abbass as Marcia "Marcy" Roy, the third wife of Logan Roy.
  • Nicholas Braun as Greg Hirsch, the great-nephew of Logan Roy and grandson of Ewan Roy.
  • Brian Cox as Logan Roy, the founder of media and entertainment conglomerate Waystar Royco.
  • Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy, the third and youngest son of Logan Roy from his second marriage.
  • Peter Friedman as Frank Vernon, the COO of Waystar Royco and long time confidante of Logan Roy.
  • Natalie Gold as Rava Roy, the separated wife of Kendall Roy.
  • Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Wamsgans, the fiance of Shiv Roy.
  • Alan Ruck as Connor Roy, the eldest son of Logan Roy from his first marriage.
  • Parker Sawyers as Alessandro Daniels, an executive of Waystar Royco present during the Vaulter acquisition meetings.
  • Sarah Snook as Siobhan "Shiv" Roy, the youngest child and daughter of Logan Roy from his second marriage.
  • Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy, the second son of Logan Roy from his second marriage.
  • Rob Yang as Lawrence Yee, the founder of media website Vaulter that is acquired by Waystar Royco.

Recurring[edit]

  • Scott Nicholson as Colin, Logan's body man.
  • J. Smith-Cameron as Gerri Killman, general counsel to Waystar Royco.
  • David Rasche as Karl, a member of Waystar Royco's legal team.
  • Arian Moayed as Stewy Hosseini, a financier and friend of Kendall's who becomes a member of Waystar Royco's board.
  • Ashley Zukerman as Nate Sofrelli, a political strategist and former romantic partner of Shiv's. He convinces her to work on the Eavis presidential campaign and the two of them are having an affair.
  • Juliana Canfield as Jess Jordan, Kendall's assistant.
  • Dagmara Domińczyk as Karolina, a member of Waystar Royco's legal team.
  • Justine Lupe as Willa, Connor Roy's young girlfriend.
  • Peggy J. Scott as Jeane, Logan's secretary.
  • Judy Reyes as Eva, a member of Waystar Royco's legal team and an executive producer at ATN, a news channel owned by Waystar Royco.
  • Eric Bogosian as Gil Eavis, a liberal presidential candidate whom Nate introduces to Shiv. He is vocally opposed to Waystar Royco's attempted takeover of local news networks and becomes a target of their cable news network ATN because of it.
  • Swayam Bhatia as Sophie Roy, Kendall's daughter.
  • Quentin Morales as Iverson Roy, Kendall's son.
  • Molly Griggs as Grace, Roman's girlfriend whom he breaks up with after she tells him that she enjoyed The Biggest Turkey in the World, a film Roman tried to kill while working in Waystar Royco's film division.
  • Larry Pine as Sandy Furness, the owner of a rival media conglomerate who plots a hostile takeover of Waystar Royco with Kendall.
  • Caitlin FitzGerald as Tabitha, a woman who gave Tom a blowjob at his bachelor party and whom Roman is now dating.
  • Mary Birdsong as Marianne, Logan's niece and Greg's mother.
  • Jake Choi as Tatsuya, an associate of Lawrence.
  • Eisa Davis as Joyce Miller, the former Attorney General of New York elected to a seat in the United States Senate for whom Shiv serves as a political strategist.
  • James Cromwell as Ewan Roy, Logan's estranged brother and Greg's grandfather who resides in Canada.
  • Darius Homayoun as Amir, Marcy's son who announces at Thanksgiving dinner that he has been hired to head Waystar Royco's animation division in Europe.
  • Harriet Walter as Caroline Collingwood, the second wife of Logan Roy and Kendall, Shiv, and Roman's mother.
  • Jack Gilpin as Mr. Wamsgans, Tom's Father.
  • Kristin Griffith as Mrs. Wamsgans, Tom's mother and a highly-respected attorney in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area.

Guest[edit]

  • Mark Blum as Bill ("Sad Sack Wasp Trap"), the retiring head of Waystar Royco's Adventure Parks division.
  • Annika Boras as Anna Newman ("Sad Sack Wasp Trap"), an on-air personality at ATN, the news network owned by Waystar Royco, that Kendall takes to the family's annual charity event, the Roy Endowment Creative New York (RECNY) ball.
  • David Patrick Kelly as Paul Chambers ("Which Side Are You On?"), a member of Waystar Royco's board that votes against a vote of no confidence in regards to Logan.
  • Griffin Dunne as Dr. Alon Parfit ("Austerlitz"), a corporate therapist hired to work with the Roy family as Logan attempts to rehabilitate their public image.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Celebration"Adam McKayJesse ArmstrongJune 3, 2018 (2018-06-03)0.582[2]
2"Shit Show at the Fuck Factory"Mark MylodTony RocheJune 10, 2018 (2018-06-10)0.491[3]
3"Lifeboats"Mark MylodJonathan GlatzerJune 17, 2018 (2018-06-17)0.605[4]
4"Sad Sack Wasp Trap"Adam ArkinAnna JordanJune 24, 2018 (2018-06-24)0.543[5]
5"I Went to Market"Adam ArkinGeorgia PritchettJuly 1, 2018 (2018-07-01)0.583[6]
6"Which Side Are You On?"Andrij ParekhSusan Soon He StantonJuly 8, 2018 (2018-07-08)0.673[7]
7"Austerlitz"Miguel ArtetaLucy PrebbleJuly 15, 2018 (2018-07-15)0.626[8]
8"Prague"S. J. ClarksonJon BrownJuly 22, 2018 (2018-07-22)0.637[9]
9"Pre-Nuptial"Mark MylodJesse ArmstrongJuly 29, 2018 (2018-07-29)0.558[10]
10"Nobody Is Ever Missing"Mark MylodJesse ArmstrongAugust 5, 2018 (2018-08-05)0.730[11]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On June 6, 2016, HBO announced that they had given the production a pilot order.[12] The episode was set to be written by Jesse Armstrong and directed by Adam McKay. Executive producers for the pilot were to include Armstrong, McKay, Will Ferrell, Frank Rich, and Kevin Messick.[13][14][15][16] On May 16, 2017, it was announced that HBO had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The previously announced creative was expected to continue their involvement as the series enters into production.[17][18][19][20][21][22]

On November 17, 2017, it was announced that Nicholas Britell would serve as the series' composer.[23] On April 26, 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on June 3, 2018.[24]

On June 11, 2018, it was announced that HBO had renewed the series for a second season.[25]

Casting[edit]

On October 6, 2016, it was announced that Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Nicholas Braun, and Matthew Macfadyen had been cast in lead roles in the series' pilot.[26] On November 4, 2016, it was announced that Hiam Abbass, Alan Ruck, Rob Yang, Parker Sawyers, and Peter Friedman had also joined the main cast of the pilot.[27]

On January 24, 2018, it was reported that Ashley Zukerman had joined the series in a recurring role.[28] On March 7, 2018, it was reported that Jake Choi had been cast in a recurring role.[29]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the first season of the series began in October 2017 in New York City at locations including Lexington Avenue and East 75th Street.[30] During the week of November 20, 2017, production took place in the Financial District of Manhattan.[31] In December 2017, the series was reportedly in production on the sixth episode.[32] From mid-January 2018 to the end of the month, the production moved from New York to New Mexico.[33][34][35][30] Filming reportedly took place around the Santa Fe area of the state.[36] On February 22, 2018, filming took place in New Jersey which required the closing of the Atlantic City-Brigantine tunnel.[37][38][39] On February 25, 2018, filming took place at Eastnor Castle near Ledbury in Herefordshire, England.[40]

Release[edit]

Promotional poster.

Marketing[edit]

On January 18, 2018, HBO released the first teaser trailer for the series.[41][42][43] On March 27, 2018, a second teaser trailer was released.[44] On April 26, 2018, the first full trailer was released.[45]

Premiere[edit]

On April 27, 2018, the series held its official world premiere during the Series Mania Festival in Lille, France in which the pilot episode was screened.[46] On May 22, 2018, the series held its official US premiere at the Time Warner Center in New York City.[47]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The series has been met with a positive response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 85% approval rating with an average rating of 7.2 out of 10 based on 54 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "The spectacle of rich people behaving badly makes Succession entertaining, but only up to a point."[48] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 70 out of 100 based on 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[49]

Ratings[edit]

Media outlets have characterized the show's ratings as "fairly low" and "bordering on miniscule."[50][51] The premiere episode drew 582,000 viewers, down from the 1.39 million viewers that watched its lead-in Westworld.[52]

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