The first season of “Succession” comes to a close. And stream a new dramedy starring Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer.
What’s on TV
SUCCESSION 10 p.m. on HBO. This rookie drama has garnered buzz and acclaim as its first season heads toward an explosive climax. In the finale, news of Kendall’s (Jeremy Strong) attempt to enact a hostile takeover of Waystar Royco — a global media company founded and controlled by his father — breaks to the public. In the midst of the chaos, he eyes an escape route.
CLOSE UP WITH THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 10 a.m. on Sundance. The Hollywood Reporter gathers six showrunners to exchange notes on their craft. Lena Waithe (“The Chi”) talks about the tensions between writers and executives, while Dan Futterman (“The Looming Tower”) muses on his ability to tell a variety of stories: “I don’t only want to write about 50-year-old guys who grew up in Larchmont.” The panel is rounded out by Courtney Kemp Agboh (“Power”), Peter Morgan (“The Crown”), Bruce Miller (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and David Shore (“The Good Doctor”).
KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS 9 p.m. on E! The fifteenth season of this ineradicable reality television show is sure to cover a lot of fertile and cringeworthy ground, but there’s one moment that stands out in particular. We’ve heard one version of the phone call: “My wife calling, screaming, say we ’bout to lose it all,” Kanye West raps on “Wouldn’t Leave,” referring to the aftermath of his decision to say that slavery “sounds like a choice” on TMZ. “Had to calm her down ‘cause she couldn’t breathe,” he adds. Whether that moment was captured on Ms. Kardashian’s side by E!’s cameras remains to be seen; the first episode covers more mundane ground, including a blowup over the family Christmas card.
LIKE FATHER (2018) on Netflix. Rumors have detonated across the internet regarding a “Frasier” reboot, but Kelsey Grammer, who played the title character, isn’t jumping to sign back up. “Honestly, I’m not sure it’s something I really want to do,” he told Vulture. Fans of Mr. Grammer’s can find solace by watching this dramedy, written and directed by Lauren Miller Rogen. Kristen Bell plays Rachel, whose wedding falls apart when she takes a work call before her cue to walk down the aisle, leading her groom to leave her at the altar. She commiserates with her estranged father Hamilton (Mr. Grammer) over alcohol, and the next morning they find themselves in the honeymoon suite of a cruise ship. The film also stars Ms. Miller Rogen’s husband, Seth Rogen.
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD (2010) on Amazon Prime. This worshipful documentary is built around a rare interview that the director Tamra Davis filmed with the elusive artist in 1985. Testimonies are contributed by Suzanne Mallouk, a former girlfriend; the gallery owner Annina Nosei, and others. Stephen Holden named the film a Critic’s Pick and wrote that “it places Basquiat’s art in a cultural context with an enthusiasm and zest that make the many pictures shown come blazingly alive.”