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Tyrant is subtle. It’s not a show that hits you over the head with overt action sequences. It doesn’t involve itself with long, drawn out melodramatic story arcs. It hasn’t been concerned with the minute details. Instead, Tyrant is lulling viewers into a sense of security with Adam Rayner’s character at the helm, struggling with his inner-demons to make a difference in a country, and family, desperately in need of a change in leadership.
Bassam uses the greatest weapon at his disposal in “Hail Mary,” his perspective as an outsider. This is really the key to his character being able to stand out in a regime of like-minded individuals. In this episode, in particular, he uses his western perception of the situation to justify going behind his brother’s back in the interest of establishing peace talks with someone who actually has the power to make it happen. »
- Lindsay Sperling
FX has found some great success with their scripted dramas, especially ones like Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story. Will Tyrant also be a ratings hit? Will it be renewed for a second season or will it be cancelled instead? We'll have to wait and see.
Tyrant revolves around the youngest son of a dictator who returns to his war-torn country in the Middle-East with his American family. The drama's cast includes Adam Rayner, Ashraf Barhom, Moran Atias, Jennifer Finnigan, Anne Winters, Noah Silver, Mehdi Dehbi, Fares Fares, Alice Krige, Salim Daw, and Justin Kirk.
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In “Sins of the Father,” Tyrant explores an event that occurred twenty years earlier and showcases the current effects on the population. Before this point, viewers have only seen how current events have played out in the public eye, but never something of this magnitude, and never something of this level of sensitivity.
Barry (Adam Rayner) struggles to come to terms with this experience in his own life. Even though it appears he had already exited the social hierarchy of Abbudin at that point, he couldn’t escape the ramifications of his father’s actions. Judging by the flashbacks in the early part of the episode, Barry was still judged harshly for his family’s involvement in the massacre despite voluntarily removing himself from the limelight. It followed him to the United States to a lesser degree, over the years dissipating as he became enveloped in the American culture, but »
- Lindsay Sperling
A transition between regimes is never without its fair share of bumps and bruises, and whereas Tyrant may be sugarcoating some of those realities, they are definitely not shying away from them altogether. Having now constructed a legitimate, albeit predictable, reason for Barry/Bassam (Adam Rayner) to stay in Abbudin – helping his brother deal with this life-changing transition with some semblance of grace – the show moves forward with establishing his new role within the political hierarchy.
Essentially, the writers had to start from scratch, since despite being part of the ruling family, his absence from the country and their happenings over the last twenty years has very obviously branded him as an outsider. As opposed to simply being ‘the president’s brother,’ Jamal (Ashraf Barhom), in a premeditated show of appreciation (and with great enthusiasm), gave Bassam the title of ‘special council to the president.’ Once again Jamal shows that »
- Lindsay Sperling
Tyrant takes on a heavy load in “State of Emergency,” and it pays off in a big way. The pilot episode ended with Barry (Adam Rayner) realizing that his trip home was going to be delayed indefinitely, before he even hears the reasons. The series obviously hinges on him staying in town, so that was no big surprise, but watching how it starts to play out will surprise viewers and leave them wanting more.
From the premiere episode, it looked like the difference in ideologies between Barry and his brother, Jamal (Ashraf Barhom), was going to cause a certain amount of strife as the story continues to unfold. In “State of Emergency” it seems like it’s more likely that Jamal’s wife, Leila (Moran Atias), will be the catalyst for their future conflicts – or at least the more immediate ones. In a short flashback, Tyrant reveals that before Barry fled to the United States, »
- Lindsay Sperling
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: June 24, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This dramatic series follows the story of an unassuming American family that's drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.
Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) is the youngest son of a war-torn country's controversial dictator. He returns to his homeland for his nephew's wedding after a self-imposed 20-year exile in America. Upon his return, Barry is immediately thrown back into the familial and national politics of his youth.
He braces himself to confront the stark realities of his »
FX this Tuesday married Homeland to The Godfather and gave us Tyrant, a new drama created by Gideon Raff (Homeland) and exec-produced by Howard Gordon (24, Homeland). Will the strangers in a strained land saga score a spot on your DVR?
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Tyrant stars British actor Adam Rayner (HawthoRNe) as Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed, the second son of Khaled Al-Fayeed, the dictator of a fictional Middle Eastern country. Haunted by, among other things, how his father regularly favored first son Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) during his childhood and his role in a man’s execution back when he was a kid, »
From the snow of Fargo, we now move to the sands of the fictional Middle Eastern nation of Abuddin, where FX's newest drama series Tyrant is set up to be part Homeland, part Dynasty. In a strong (but still somewhat boilerplate) pilot, Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner), the young son of the nation's dictator, returns to Abuddin for his nephew's wedding, bringing his American family with him after 20 years of self-imposed exile. "Promise me we'll come back?" he says to his wife, Molly (Jennifer Finnigan) as the family prepares to leave. The fateful words have thus been spoken: ain't nobody getting out of this. Hit the jump for why "if you're going to be unbearable, at least be accurate." Tyrant made its story clear and its characters broad, but its tone remains in question. For now, amid a background of gorgeous wardrobing and sets, what is known is that "Barry »
- Allison Keene
FX's latest drama Tyrant is a strange case.
The drama (premiering Tuesday at 10/9c) stars Adam Rayner as Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed, the second son of a dictator (Nasser Faris) who left his homeland — the fictional Middle Eastern country of Abuddin — and started his own family in California. But when Barry's wife Molly (Jennifer Finnigan) urges him to return to Abuddin after 20 years for his nephew's wedding, Barry is quickly sucked back into the family drama he tried to escape, most notably by his loose-cannon brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom).
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- Adam Bryant
In reviews, podcasts and tweets, it has become common in recent years for me to lament the influx of British and Australian actors masquerading as Americans, all perpetrating the same flat, generic accents as if Americans all come from the same state, which is no state at all, but rather some nether-region dialect coaches call Mid-Atlantic or something. I take semi-feigned umbrage at this infiltration and I am, indeed, a bit irked that a good 75 percent of the Brits and Aussies are trapped by exhaustively studied, but ultimately affectless accent work that leads them to give robotic performances they'd never tolerate from themselves in their native tongues. Yes, I get my hackles up, but I know it isn't actually important. The rise in work for Aussie and British actors is largely linked to the expanding TV universe, and even if this most recent upfronts season saw an encouraging uptick in »
- Daniel Fienberg
The problem with Tyrant, FX’s new drama about an Americanized doctor who is the son of a Middle Eastern dictator, is that the sum is far less than the seemingly random parts which never gel into an engaging version of what should be a great show.
Barry Al Fayeed (Adam Rayner) finally decides to return to the homeland he left when he was 16, because his nephew is getting married. It’s a life he hoped to cut all ties to, and we see why through flashbacks to some of his earliest days. His older brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) was clearly chosen to take over, and Barry was largely ignored. Such is the way of second sons. Jamal has grown into just the sort of psychopath every dictator hopes for, but he isn’t quite as bright as his younger brother.
Despite the atrocities his father visited upon him in his youth, »
- Marc Eastman
The story behind the making of FX's new drama "Tyrant" is ultimately much more interesting than "Tyrant" itself. A lot of people came and went from this project, a lot of people fought for its future, and a lot of obvious stumbling blocks were ignored because there was a real passion to get it made. But the finished product doesn't suggest something nearly worth all the fussing and fighting. The story on the show (which debuts tomorrow night at 10): Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) is the son of the dictator of a fictional Middle Eastern nation, has been living in self-imposed exile in America since his teenage years, and now works as a pediatrician in southern California, with an American wife Molly (Jennifer Finnigan) and teenage kids Emma (Anne Winters) and Sammy (Noah Silver). Reluctantly, he takes them to his homeland to attend his nephew's wedding, and dramatic events »
- Alan Sepinwall
More than most pilots, “Tyrant’s” first hour is all preamble — the necessary buildup and narrative contortions to establish its provocative if implausible premise. As such, it’s a solid but not particularly distinguished effort, one that requires a significant suspension of disbelief to explore its insights about the Middle East, and the nature of the strongmen who have held sway there. In that respect, this handsome-looking FX drama from the producers of “Homeland” is perhaps a logical companion to that series, but at least in its initial incarnation, not a fully worthy heir.
Because of the pilot’s nature this review will be filled with unavoidable spoilers, so be warned, if you’d like the takeoff to be minty fresh, please disembark now.
Adam Rayner is Barry (born Bassam Al-Fayeed), the pediatrician son of the dictator of a fictitious Arab country, who has been living in the U.S. »
- Brian Lowry
FX has just released a behind-the-scene video for their new drama series "Tyrant": In this clip, stars Adam Rayner and Ashraf Barhom (who play Bassam and Jamal Al-Fayeedi), as well as other cast members, speak of the "fantastically rich palette" of Morocco, where they filmed the pilot episode. Morocco, it seems, is full of "mysterious" and "unique" facilities that build a "surreal and magical and poetic experience." "What's great is that all of these different environments co-exist within this one pilot, with this very rich, textured, intricate world," director David Yates says. "That, for me, was very exciting." The series will premiere on June 24, 2014. Check out the video below: »
- Oliver MacMahon
The summer is no longer a time when television slows down and networks air reruns on an endless, mind numbing loop. FX is taking full advantage of what used to be a lull in original programming and offering viewers a new drama, Tyrant, alongside season two of The Bridge.
The network has just released the first trailer for the series and if you’re looking for something to add to your DVR que, this looks like a solid bet. Tyrant comes from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, and centers around a seemingly average American family that heads to the Middle East to visit their politically-inclined family for the wedding of a relative.
Tyrant clearly sets itself up to offer some social commentary on a subject that is still very much taboo in a certain sense. The American version of the Middle East doesn’t account for personal tales, »
- Lindsay Sperling
Though the recent May sweeps gave us lots of sneak peeks at shows that won’t be premiering until this fall, the summer is shaping up to be an equally exciting time for television. At the forefront of the networks premiering buzzy new shows in the next few months is FX, which will unveil two new drama series and two new comedies, in addition to new seasons of returning faves. Recently, FX and spinoff network Fxx let us know which dates you should be marking in your calendar.
Most intriguing is vampire horror-thriller series The Strain, from horror maestro Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth). Based on the trilogy del Toro penned with Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves, adapted into The Town), the series stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of a Cdc team which responds when a viral outbreak bearing similarities to vampirism »
- Isaac Feldberg
Warner Bros. Pictures' "300: Rise of an Empire" has 6 clips in, getting fans ready for the stellar-looking follow-up to "300" which opens in theaters on MArch 7, 2014. Starring are Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Jack O'Connell, David Wenham, Scott Burn, Callan Mulvey, Andrew Pleavin, Jamie Blackley, Caitlin Carmichael, Hans Matheson, Ashraf Barhom and Andrew Tiernan. Noam Murro directs from the screenplay by "300" helmer Zack Snyder, who writes alongside Kurt Johnstad, as well as producing the film. Watch all the clips below the synopsis. »
The sequel to Zack Snyder’s ’300′ hits UK cinemas March 7th and we have to admit we’re rather excited about it. Noam Murro takes on the helm as Director of the second movie this time titled 300: Rise of an Empire with a cast that includes Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Sullivan Stapleton, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell and Ashraf Barhom and if the trailers are anything to go by, it’s looking fantastic.
300 was not only made famous for the epic fight sequences, shouting This Is Spartaaaaaa and Gerard Butler but because of the beautiful way in which it was shot. Using green-screen and filling in later in a comic-book style has since been copied but it’s nice to see one of the forerunners in the new technology coming back for a second film. The Art of 300: Rise of an Empire is being released by Titan Publishing »
- David Sztypuljak
300 Rise of an Empire Trailer 3, TV Commercial. Noam Murro‘s 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) movie trailer 3, TV spot 1 stars Andrew Tiernan, Callan Mulvey, Andrew Pleavin, Yigal Naor, and Ashraf Barhom. 300: Rise of an Empire‘s plot synopsis: “Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and [...]
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- Rollo Tomasi
Poster 14 from Noam Murro's 300 sequel. Warner Bros. gets ready to send their Rise of an Empire to theaters on March 7th, and we're graced with yet another poster from the film starring Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Jack O'Connell, David Wenham, Scott Burn, Callan Mulvey, Andrew Pleavin, Jamie Blackley, Caitlin Carmichael, Hans Matheson, Ashraf Barhom and Andrew Tiernan. Noam Murro directs from the script by Kurt Johnstad and Zack Snyder. Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. »
20 items from 2014
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