DRAMA SERIES "SUCCESSION" DEBUTS JUNE 3, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
Created By Jesse Armstrong;
Executive Produced By Jesse Armstrong, Adam McKay, Frank Rich,
Kevin Messick, Will Ferrell, Jane Tranter And Mark Mylod;
Armstrong Serves As Showrunner
Pilot Written By Jesse Armstrong And Directed By Adam McKay
Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Hiam Abbass, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Natalie Gold, Peter Friedman And Rob Yang Star
The Roy family - Logan Roy and his four children - controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world. The HBO drama series SUCCESSION, which kicks off its ten-episode season SUNDAY, JUNE 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), tracks their lives as they contemplate what the future will hold for them once their aging father begins to step back from the company.
SUCCESSION was created by Oscar(R) and WGA nominee Jesse Armstrong ("In the Loop"), with the pilot written by Armstrong and directed by Oscar(R) winner Adam McKay ("The Big Short"). 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.
"All through history, moments of succession are points of conflict," notes creator Jesse Armstrong. "Whether it's the Roman Empire, Babylonian Empire, succession is tough, and often in political and national history, when a king, queen or leader has to leave the stage, they can find they want to linger in the limelight longer than anyone thought."
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.
"There's no question that SUCCESSION, at its root, is a family story," notes director and executive producer Adam McKay. "There's also a tragic side to it, where you see how massive wealth and power distort and twist and wound this family."
Executive producer Frank Rich adds, "I think it is the specificity of the way the SUCCESSION characters are drawn, with wry humor and heart, and the caliber of this ensemble cast, that make the Roys stand out in the crowded field of family drama."
Episode #1: "Celebration"
Debut date: SUNDAY, JUNE 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
On his 80th birthday, media magnate Logan Roy (Brian Cox), 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 (Jeremy Strong), the heir apparent, who's in the midst of negotiating the purchase of a digital-media venture founded by a slick operator named Lawrence (Rob Yang). After an impromptu softball game, tempers flare as Logan's other children? - ?Roman (Kieran Culkin), Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Connor (Alan Ruck)? - ?raise objections over Logan's intentions, including his desire to change the way his eventual successor will be chosen.
Written by Jesse Armstrong; directed by Adam McKay.