Critics Choice Awards: ‘Succession’ scores big nominations

“Succession” is continuing its success on TV — and it’s getting serious attention from critics for its efforts to take on Hollywood’s insular and titanic reality show.

The saga of a filthy rich cable TV mogul’s ruthless and brutal takeover of his family’s media empire scored more Critics Choice Awards nominations than any other television show. It received a total of eight nominations on Thursday — two for best drama series, two for best actor in a drama series (Brian Cox, for his performance as patriarch and half-brother Ian Beale, and Bradley Whitford, for his work as ego-maniacal operator Roger Altman), two for best supporting actor in a drama series (Peter Mullan, as Ian’s far-too-strenuous and often-controlling son Will and Nicholas Pinnock, as Ian’s crassly entitled son Tom) and two for best supporting actress in a drama series (Richard Schiff, for his portrayal of Leigh, the shadowy mastermind behind the family’s media empire, and Joanne Froggatt, as the family’s brittle butler Mellie Dean).

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“Succession” comes from “Damages” creator Todd Kessler, Mark Schulman and Emmy-winning writer Jesse Armstrong. Schulman is also among the show’s producers, along with Alan Poul and Scott Rudin. The show airs on Starz and is a Starz Originals production.

The Critics Choice Awards, now in its 23rd year, recognizes best television performances, with honors spanning drama, comedy, limited series and movies. The honors will be handed out at an awards ceremony held on Jan. 11 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

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