Remember that disclaimer from procedural TV shows, “Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental”? It seems apt — officially, at least — here. Succession follows the fictional Roy family as they contemplate their personal and professional futures while their ageing father begins to step back from the media conglomerate he built. People have speculated about who they think this show depicts, and creator Jesse Armstrong has cited influences from British press baron Robert Maxwell to William Randolph Hearst, the Trump family and the British royal family. “There are loads of succession stories to draw on,” he says. So there. It stars Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Matthew Macfadyen and Australian Eric McCormack, star of the rebooted Will & Grace, also fronts this time-travelling series that returns for a third season on Netflix. He plays Grant MacLaren, the leader of a team of highly trained operatives from the future who have journeyed to the present day. In this new season, with the existence of the Traveler program now leaked to the world, the team must find a way to stop the Faction, hunt down the elusive Traveler 001 and save the world from a terrible future. It is co-created by Brad Wright of Stargate: SG-1 fame. So, if we are lucky, three seasons might just be the beginning. The Innocent Man Streaming on Netflix from Friday It seems Ada, Oklahoma, is set to become the new Manitowoc County, Wisconsin ( Making a Travelers Murderer), as this new true-crime documentary series arrives this week. Inspired by John Grisham’s best-selling nonfiction book, The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town, this six-part documentary series of the same name focuses on two murders in the 1980s that shook the small town. It includes interviews with victims’ friends and families, Ada residents, lawyers, journalists and others involved in the cases, and is directed by Clay Tweel. Fans of the true-crime genre will love it. Netflix threw down the gauntlet to the film industry in March last year when chief executive Reed Hastings told me and assembled journalists at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters that not much had changed in the movie business in 30 years. “Well, the popcorn tastes better, but that’s about it,” he said. The quality of Netflix’s film releases since then has been patchy, with rare exceptions such as Roma (streaming on Netflix from Friday). Drawing on his childhood, Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuaron ( Gravity) tells the story of a young domestic worker, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), who works for a middle-class family in Mexico City. (In case you missed David Stratton’s recent review, he wrote: “Roma is stunningly photographed by the director in gorgeous black and white. Rich in detail and superbly staged, this personal story rings true on every level without the slightest hint of exaggeration. This is perhaps the major cinema experience of the year so far.”) Also this week, Foxtel is launching its “12 Days of Christmas” movie pop-up channel, starting with Love Actually (Friday, 8.30pm, Foxtel Movies More). It is followed by Elf, Die Hard, The Santa Clause and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation across subsequent days.
Eric McCormack and the cast of