Succession and Murdoch family
Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook and Kieran Culkin in Succession. Photograph by Claudette Barius/HBO

Logan Roy vs. Rupert Murdoch

Brian Cox in Succession. Photograph by Peter Kramer/HBO

This one is perhaps the most obvious. Logan Roy (Brian Cox) is an elderly, powerful white man in charge of a huge media corporation with many assets. So is Rupert Murdoch. According to Vanity Fair, Rupert Murdoch, like Logan Roy, has long hoped that one of his three children from his ex-wife Anna (Lachlan, James and Elisabeth Murdoch) would take over the business when he dies. But choosing one has proven difficult. Sounds like the plot of Succession.

“He pitted his kids against each other their entire lives. It’s sad,” a person close to the family recently told Vanity Fair.

There are also similarities between Rupert Murdoch’s many health issues and Logan’s. According to Vanity Fair, the 92-year-old News Corp. mogul had a particularly bad health scare while on board his son’s yacht and “kept almost dying.” Season 1 of Succession starts with Logan going to the hospital, close to death, and Episode 3 of Succession Season 4 infamously depicted Logan Roy dying on a plane. (The episode was called “Connor’s Wedding,” in one of the great TV misdirects of all time.)

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