What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Succession’ and ‘Curse of Akakor’

SUCCESSION 9 p.m. on HBO. Nominated for five Emmy Awards this year, this dynasty drama is under more pressure to provide ample family intrigue, and the show hopes to avoid disappointment. After a near-catastrophic betrayal concluded the first season, the second promises to continue the corporate saga in true-to-life dramatic fashion. Edmund Lee wrote in The New York Times that the show “manages to provide viewers with an accurate reconstruction of the boardroom machinations behind the merger-mad media industry of recent years.” The second season begins with the Roy family, the owners of one of the biggest media conglomerates in the world, facing a growing threat to their empire. As each member searches for his or her own path to secure control, their struggles may wind up undoing their family’s legacy.

CLAWS 9 p.m. on TNT. Neon lights, a nail salon and a slew of the worst — and most entertaining — stereotypes about Florida set the stage for the absurdist, female-centric dark comedy “Claws.” The third season of this wickedly funny noir followed Desna (Niecy Nash) and her crew of manicurists-turned-criminals as they attempted to take charge of a shady yet lucrative casino. Just as Desna seemingly manages to secure the casino and get rid of her most formidable enemies, the explosive finale takes an unexpected turn for the worse, with the welfare of her friends on the line.

THE FOOD THAT BUILT AMERICA 9 p.m. on History. The United States is the birthplace of several industries: airplanes, automobiles, mobile phones — and processed food. In this three-part mini-series, the first episode of which premieres Sunday, History examines how several titans, including Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, John and Will Kellogg, C.W. Post and the McDonald brothers, forever changed how people consume food. While each may be considered an example of American innovation and ingenuity, the series reveals just how ruthless these visionaries became to win over the hearts — and stomachs — of the country, establishing legacies that define the food industry to this day.

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