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Succession, the drama series on HBO is one of those shows that grows on you and suddenly hits you with a bang, making that two-day binge session worth it. The show certainly packs a lot of star power behind the scenes and in the cast. Succession is executive produced by Oscar winner Adam McKay (The Big Short), Frank Rich (HBO’s “Veep”), Will Ferrell, Kevin Messick, Jane Tranter (HBO’s The Night Of) and Mark Mylod (HBO’s “Entourage”), and created by Oscar winner Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop), who is also the series’ showrunner and an executive producer. The music is written by two-time Oscar nominee Nicholas Britell, who also composed the soundtrack to The Big Short and Moonlight.
The cast of Succession is led by Shakespearean actor Brian Cox, who plays the patriarch Logan Roy of the Roy family behind the media and entertainment company Waystar Royco. The parallels to the Murdoch family are impossible to miss, down to the “ATN Network,” clearly a stand-in for FOX News and storylines drawing on the current political upheaval in the United States. Other notable actors on the show include Kieran Culkin, who plays Logan’s waywardly youngest son Roman, Matthew Macfayden as Tom Wamsgams, fiancé of Logan’s daughter Siobhan “Shiv” Roy, and Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy, Logan’s second son who appears to be the heir apparent of Waystar Royco at the opening of the season. Kendall is the emotional heart of the show, whose characters often ply the border between satirical, horrifying, and oddly empathetic. Succession is not an easy watch, but it sweeps you in with excellent screenwriting and strong performances.
Succession films mostly in New York City (with forays to Washington D.C., Long Island, New Mexico and even England), embodying the locales of the rich and powerful. Influence is the name of the game here, but Machiavelli and Shakespeare are ever-present.
The second season of Succession begins on August 11th, continuing from the dramatic season finale of the first season. According to an HBO press release, “season two follows the Roy family as they struggle to retain control of their empire, and while the future looks increasingly uncertain, it is the past that threatens to ultimately destroy them.” Read on to see where Succession films!
1. Logan Roy’s Fifth Avenue Townhouse
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Logan Roy and his third wife Marcia “Marcy” Roy live in a sprawling Fifth Avenue townhouse. The lobby of the townhouse is filmed in the American Irish Historical Society at 991 Fifth Avenue located across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The upper floors of the townhouse are created on a soundstage at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City. Production designer Stephen Carter tells Architectural Digest that he was inspired by the homes of Edgar Bronfman and Charles Bronfman, who had townhouses on the same section of Fifth Avenue as Logan Roy’s is. There is a real vintage elevator in the American Irish Historical Society, so the set recreates this interior experience.
Lobby of the American Irish Historical Society
The upper floors of the American Irish Historical Society do not appear in the show, but are quite stunning. According to Christopher Cahill, a poet and the director of the AIHS, the main floors of the townhouse are one of the “least altered interiors,” still extant from a 1911 renovation by the architect Ogden Codman, Jr. known for co-authoring Edith Wharton’s first book, The Decoration of Houses.