Production on 'Succession' Is Postponed Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

Chloe Foussianes
Photo credit: Peter Kramer/HBO

From Town & Country

On November 8, 2016, as his election night party turned sour, Succession executive producer Adam McKay famously told the cast, "Well, we're making the right show."

By taking the Murdoch family as its loose inspiration, Succession gave itself a difficult task. In post-Trump America, where politics is once again front and center (and the media at the center of that), the show was aiming squarely the zeitgeist; if it missed even by an inch, it would come off as a total whiff.

Two seasons in, and the show has proved itself more than capable of rising to the occasion. Succession's motley, Machiavellian crew, a mixture of potential Roy heirs and their hangers-on, has become one of television's best-ever ensemble casts. The critics agree: Succession is good.

HBO apparently thinks so, too. The premium cable channel greenlit a third season after just two episodes of its second had aired, and Succession fans couldn't be happier. Here's what we know about the show's third season.

Photo credit: Peter Kramer/HBO

Production has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The show was in pre-production when HBO announced that it would be delayed. "We are looking forward to resuming preproduction when it is safe and healthy for everyone working on our shows to do so," the channel said in a statement, per Deadline. "Where possible, our writers are continuing to write remotely."

There's no word yet on when pre-production will resume, or how this will affect the season's premiere date.

The cast and creators have dropped some hints about what's to come.

Succession writer Lucy Prebble told Deadline in November that it was "early days in terms of storylining," but they were already working on season three. "There are also a lot of talks about going more international than we’ve gone before, which is to do with the relationship between the media industry and international countries," Prebble added. "The way international countries input, control and fund the media in ways that aren’t talked about as clearly as they should be."

Previously, Brian Cox, the actor behind Succession's media magnate-slash-terrible father Logan Roy, confirmed fans' suspicions about the season two finale to Deadline. He confirmed that Logan smirked while watching Kendall turn on him, because Logan knows "the boy has finally grown up. He’s finally taking some kind of positive action."

Cox explained, "Logan’s always known that Kendall was a treacherous shit. In a way, he isn’t judging him. There’s some validation of what’s happened. Logan accepts that."

Where will the father and son go from here? Cox promised that there are "a lot of fireworks to come" between Logan and Kendall—and perhaps another of Logan's children, too. "I’m fascinated to see how young Roman comes into play," Cox said. "He showed his mettle at the end of season tw0. I think he’s the hidden gun under the table."

Ahead of its return, Succession's second season is getting some awards season buzz.

The show was nominated for three Golden Globes (Best Television Series, Best Performance by an Actor for Brian Cox, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Kieran Culkin).

In the fall, Succession's first season was recognized at the 2019 Emmy Awards with two wins and three additional nominations.

HBO announced the series was renewed in August.

"We are elated that Succession and its exploration of wealth, power and family has resonated so powerfully with audiences," said HBO EVP Francesca Orsi, per the Hollywood Reporter.

"We cannot wait to see how the complex characters that Jesse Armstrong has created continue to navigate this captivating, ruthless world of the uber-rich," Orsi added. "In today's world where the intersection of politics and media is increasingly prevalent, Succession presents an especially piercing look behind the curtain of this elite, influential, and cutthroat community."

The release date isn't set in stone.

Pre-postponement, the Hollywood Reporter claimed that the season is expected to air "sometime in 2020." Now, however, that's looking less certain.

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