Originally Posted by scott_bernstein
I know that it IS possible to take this show as a full-on drama and not notice the satire, but if you look at the production credits -- Executive Producers include Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (who has been Will Ferrell's partner on almost everything he's ever done including Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers -- plus he's executive produced Drunk History, Eastbound and Down) and that Adam was the director of the first episode, it is impossible to believe that this is intended as anything but deep, dark comedy. There have been a number of scenes that have played out in such absurd ways that I can't help but burst out laughing.
Clearly this is intended as a satire in every way imaginable. Satire about the Murdochs? Maybe. But it seems to me to also be about Disney (note the theme park and cruise line angles), and all of the other gigantic media conglomerates that seem to be taking over and owning so many disparate lines of business these days.
Media industry watchers viewing Succession
also cite elements of the comings and goings of Sumner Redstone, the National Amusements/Paramount/CBS/Viacom mogul who had to be removed from decision-making power following a court-ordered psych evaluation when he was 92 years old. (He is now in his late 90s, IIRC) What precipitated that
were the very "Logan Roy-like" things he was doing before their board had to meet in a contentious session about "issues of succession" with the Redstone family. And you are correct about the elements of the Disney empire being in there, too!
Regarding "the Mouse," HBO's uncanny timing of Succession's
rapid renewal is no coincidence, with the forthcoming Disney acquisition of so many of Murdoch's 21st Century Fox assets. HBO is definitely messing with Murdoch by picking the show up when they did, of that I have no doubt. Speaking of messing with Murdoch, there was a story about a new "demented" cartoon character scripted to appear in Disney's animated Ducktails
show, but was written out after it became clear that perhaps Bob Iger himself wasn't too happy about it. The character's name? Rupert Murduck!
BTW, an even more accurate--and very wicked--parody depiction of Murdoch and company appears regularly on the sketch program Tracey Ullman's Show
from England's BBC1, which is available on HBO OnDemand.