A drama series that recently premiered, with just two episodes being televised so far by HBO, has already picked up a renewal for a second season from the pay-cable channel.
HBO announced the renewal today for “Succession,” which premiered June 3. The show’s 10-episode freshman season is scheduled to run through Aug. 5.
The season one cast includes Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Hiam Abbass, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Natalie Gold, Peter Friedman and Rob Yang.
“The show follows the Roy family — Logan Roy and his four children — which controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world, tracking their lives as they contemplate what the future will hold for them once their aging father begins to step back from the company,” HBO said in today’s announcement.
The series is 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”).
HBO’s announcement notes: “Among the early critical praise for the first season, the Wall Street Journal has hailed the show as a ‘scintillating drama,’ as well as ‘irresistible entertainment’ and a ‘ferociously satiric series,’ while the Los Angeles Times termed it ‘sharply written’ and ‘expertly played.’ The New Yorker called ‘Succession’ ‘irresistible,’ and the Hollywood Reporter described it as ‘coolly entertaining and sharply acted,’ with ‘performances to relish and dialogue to savor.'”