A show about a powerful American media empire run by patriarch Logan Roy Brian Cox and his adult children, Succession is couched in luxe bigness and indulgent, melodramatic dialogue. Such traits amplify an undercurrent of desire in a series already charged with a homoeroticism that flies in multiple, erratic directions, like a bouncy ball thrown from one of the skyscrapers featured in the opening credits. If I asked you to? If I told you to?
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Ah, the glory that was Rome. The temples. The togas. The toilets. Rome in 52 B. The entire Forum has been reconstructed at two-thirds scale , and Cleopatra's Alexandria gets a close-up, too. You want togas?
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Rome is a historical drama television series created by John Milius , William J. MacDonald , and Bruno Heller. The series features a sprawling cast of characters , many based on real figures from historical records, but the lead protagonists are ultimately two soldiers named Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo , who find their lives intertwined with key historical events. Rome received largely positive reviews and had a high number of viewers.