A selective critical checklist of notable weekend TV:
Succession (Sunday, 9/8c, HBO): The outrageously entertaining Emmy-nominated drama is back for a second round of vicious sibling rivalries and high-stakes power plays, leaving no pawn unscathed. Brian Cox is magnificent as media potentate Logan Roy, a manipulative tyrant who delights in turning his business associates and grown children into squabbling minions, literally groveling for favor. The spectacle can be devastating but also horribly amusing, with pungent writing and cunning performances — by Alan Ruck, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin and Sarah Snook as the next Roy generation — elevating familial bloodsport to a profane art form.
The Loudest Voice (Sunday, 10/9c, Showtime): One last chance to savor the tremendous performance of Russell Crowe as Fox News founder Roger Ailes, who in the series finale sees his power and influence threatened with a public lawsuit by Gretchen Carlson