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5 hours ago, RealReality said:

When is this show coming back?

All TV production has been shut down by the pandemic, so it will probably be a while.

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Something to tide you over:

This video could be in the best quotes thread.

 

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Emmy nominations came out this morning and pretty much everyone with a speaking role on the show earned one.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Brian Cox, Succession

Jeremy Strong, Succession

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Sarah Snook, Succession

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nicholas Braun, Succession

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Matthew Macfadyen, Succession

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

James Cromwell, Succession

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Cherry Jones, Succession

Harriet Walter, Succession

Along with Outstanding Drama and Outstanding score

 

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Additional Emmy nominations:

Directing (2 nominations in this category)
"Hunting"
"This Is Not For Tears"

Writing
"This Is Not For Tears"

Casting

Editing

 

I'm expecting LOTS of wins!

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The Hollywood Reporter has an interesting post-nomination notification interview with Matthew MacFadyen posted.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/succession-star-matthew-macfadyen-shows-18-emmy-nominations-status-season-3-1304768?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0qRIPVMCGCcqwmgORPXuSBTYX9F7gM6RIOxN5-K0ppVk978jszVZT4PP0

Here are a couple of humorous highlights:
 

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How do you think the Roy family would handle a pandemic like this one?

I feel like it would sort of be a fly in their ointment. Maybe Tom would turn into the super-spreader and infect most of Waystar. I imagine Tom and Greg both would be terrible, terrible asymptomatic super-spreaders. But I think Logan would be protected, maybe in a bunker somewhere in Geneva.


 

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What’s the best part of not having to worry about a red carpet?

It’s the awful-sweaty-fearful boredom that you get from an awards ceremony. It’s like half terror, half dreadful boredom. Because they go forever. And if you’re up for something, you’re excited but nervous. But after three hours, you just want to kill yourself. This all sounds terribly ungracious but it’s the truth and anyone who tells you differently is a liar.

 

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May 2020 interview via Zoom with several cast members, mostly talking about the process of developing chemistry between characters.  They say often that they continue to film after the written script so they're kind of improvising to see what kind of dynamics there might be between characters.

For instance, the thing between Jerri and Roman developed out of one of these extended scenes.

They also like the freedom that cameramen have to float around the scene, especially the large ensemble scenes that the show is known for, instead of the traditional camera blocking done on other TV and movie productions.

Brian Cox says HBO is working on what's possible, when and where they would film.  They mostly film in NY but also some European locations.

He says Jesse Armstrong, the creator and show runner, has told him what his season 3 arc will be.  But in the first two seasons, the actors didn't know where their characters would end up.  For instance, Jeremy Strong said he didn't know how Kendall would end up at the end of season 2 when they started filming the season.  But he was one who continually asked Armstrong about his character while the other actors went with it, trying to capture the moment and see which way the characters would lead.

 

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Jesse Armstrong is saying tentatively they hope to start shooting around Christmas.

https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/succession-season-3-production-shooting-new-york-before-christmas-1234728963/

But as much as I want to see a new season, I hope they're extra-cautious for older cast members like Brian Cox.

Armstrong says this extra time hasn't necessarily helped him with the work for season 3.

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As for how the workflow for season 3 is coming along, Armstrong said that, like many writers, the expanded amount of time he now has to develop the upcoming season isn’t necessarily proving all that helpful.

“We are letting the work expand to fill the acres of time we’ve suddenly found. I’m probably making no more progress than if I’d had six weeks instead of the six months that we’ve had,” he said.

Makes sense, since a lot of the way scenes and even story lines were formed were based on the improvisations the actors did when they shot the scenes.  He may prefer to keep his options open on which way story arcs develop based on how rehearsals and scene shoots go.

There has also been talk about whether season 3 might reference the pandemic:

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Questions have been raised about whether season 3 will address the pandemic in any way, shape or form, and one the show’s biggest stars Sara Snook recently told Variety that if Armstrong does include it, he “wants to be delicate about it and just classy.”

“I think it’s a thing that everybody’s aware of, and audiences are really intuitive these days. Even just seeing a mask in the background of something or hand sanitizer, those things that have become part of our daily lives, those things maybe, but nothing that is so overt that is going to really tackle it head on, because that’s not the show,” Snook said. “We want to see the Roys doing the thing that they’ve been doing that we love, not pivoting towards a pandemic story.”

Some interesting possibilities there.  What if ATN, the fictitious network owned by the Roys, was spewing bad information about the pandemic like Fox News, its real-life counterpart, leading to arguments within the family?

But Snook said she didn't think the show would address it head on.

Recently one of Rupert Murdoch's sons resigned from News Corp because he apparently disagreed with what the media properties were doing.  Of course Kendal already resigned, putting Logan on blast about the toxic culture he fostered, so maybe they're more on the trajectory of #MeToo and cancel culture.

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Media mogul Sumner Redstone, who largely inspired the character of Logan Roy, passed away last week.

Redstone was famously profane and regularly shouted down others (sound familiar?). In his later years communication was difficult, so he used an iPad programmed with recordings of his voice allowing him to respond "yes", "no" and "fuck you".

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Other Emmy awards won:

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Cherry Jones
OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES ("This Is Not for Tears")

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Hmm I wonder about these new cast members.

I think the original cast members are all great.  Would hate to see someone like Greg lose air time to these better-known actors.

I don’t want less dialog from Tom, Siobhan, Roman, etc.

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Saw them filming in front of the Woolworth Building today (downtown Manhattan).

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On 5/4/2021 at 12:17 AM, ProudMary said:

Alexander Skarsgard to join the cast of Succession for Season 3.

Yum!!

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