Summer TV Preview 2018: Spies, Sinners, 'Sharp Objects' and Sex Magick

From dark crime procedurals to black-magic dramas, teen superheroes to Stephen King horror – your complete summer viewing guide

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'Succession' (June 3)

HBO 
Succession takes you inside the power struggles behind a family empire – one where virtually every character is the kind of corporate shark who calls Thursday afternoon "the preekend" without irony. Brian Cox is the crusty patriarch Logan Roy, watching his back-stabbing kids – Jeremy Strong, Alan Ruck, Kieran Culkin and Sarah Snook – squabble and plot to take over. It's a surprisingly solemn dramatic production from Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Peep Show's Jesse Armstrong, full of jerky camera moves and clever media gags, as in a very 2003-looking website that's a cross between Gawker and Vulture, called "Vaulter." ("Don't we own them?" one of the Roy kids asks.) The real find in the cast is Snook as Siobhan, or "Shiv," the D.C.-living sister who dad tries to cajole into rejoining the family business: "Not to crude about it, but politics is what comes out the asshole. Wouldn't you rather be up front feeding the horse?" RS

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