'Succession' spins media dynasty into juicy HBO drama

Brian Cox in 'Succession'

(CNN)The obvious parallels to media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his brood provide the juicy point of entry to "Succession," a new HBO drama. Yet the series quickly takes on a life of its own, with an assortment of eccentric, almost uniformly unlikable characters, recalling that on TV, anyway, great wealth tends to breed a lot of high-class, outlandish problems.

The description of Logan Roy, the architect behind the fifth-largest media company in the world and a "pal to prime ministers," certainly possesses a Murdoch-ian vibe, although the producers say they drew inspiration from a number of different dyn