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Production of a new HBO show set to air this summer caused temporary traffic issues in Atlantic City on Thursday. 

Parts of the Atlantic City-Brigantine Connector were closed as the tunnel was used to film a scene for the drama "Succession," said Mark Amorosi, communications manager for the South Jersey Transportation Authority.

"Succession" will feature 10 episodes in its debut season, which starts in June and will air exclusively on HBO.

The story is set in New York and follows the Roy family — Logan Roy and his four children — which controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world.

"Succession" tracks their lives as they contemplate what the future will hold for them once their aging father begins to step back from the company, according to the series synopsis at hbo.com.

Former Temple University student Adam McKay, who won an Oscar for co-writing the screenplay for the 2015 movie "The Big Short," directed the pilot and serves as one of the series' executive producers. 

"There's no question that 'Succession,' at its root, is a family story," McKay said in a news release from HBO. "There's also a tragic side to it, where you see how massive wealth and power distorts and twists and wounds this family."

Actor Brian Cox, who was featured in movies that include "The Bourne Identity," "X-Men 2" and "Super Troopers," stars as Logan Roy. Kieran Culkin, the younger brother of Macaulay Culkin, plays one of his sons.

Tunnel lanes, including entrance ramps for the northbound lanes and one southbound lane, were shut down between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. By 10 a.m., traffic was moving down from Brigantine into the resort as other drivers took detours around the connector.

— Press staff reports

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