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Succession wins the Emmy for Outstanding Drama

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Logan Roy (Brian Cox) sits at the head of a dining table in Succession Photo: Peter Kramer/HBO

In a turn of events that would surely please Logan Roy, the HBO series Succession took home the Emmy for Outstanding Drama at the 2020 Emmy Awards. The show’s second season beat out Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Killing Eve, The Mandalorian, Ozark, and Stranger Things for one of the biggest prizes of the night.

The series, created by Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, In the Loop), has been one of HBO’s buzziest and best, hence its Outstanding Drama win as well as its six acting nominations. The cast features Brian Cox as Logan, the patriarch of the Roy family and head of the family’s media empire, with Alan Ruck, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, and Kieran Culkin as his children, all of whom struggle in different ways with winning their father’s approval. The second season of the show saw the balance of power shifting, ending with a twist that set the stage for an even more intense third season.

Along with the top honor, Strong picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Actor, Armstrong won for Outstanding Writing in a Drama, and Andrij Parekh picked up an Emmy for directing episode 3, “Hunting.”

In the other major categories, Schitt’s Creek, after running nearly every comedy category, nabbed Outstanding Comedy series, while Watchmen was named Outstanding Limited Series.

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