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FX Renews ‘Tyrant’ For Season Two

18 September 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

FX has picked up the political drama “Tyrant” for a second season, increasing the episode order to 13.

The 10-episode first season run of “Tyrant,” which is exec produced by Howard Gordon, averaged 5.1 million total viewers and 2.3 million adults 18-49 inclusive of linear, time-shifted and non-linear viewing. It was also mired by filming problems, such as a move to Turkey after this summer’s Gaza conflict made it unsafe to continue production in Israel.

“We’re so proud of ‘Tyrant’s’ performance throughout its first season,” said Nick Grad, who, along with Eric Schrier, is the president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Production. “Howard Gordon is one of the best and most successful producers in this business. His ability to combine intelligent, edge-of-your-seat storytelling with events from the current geopolitical climate is truly groundbreaking. We look forward to seeing how Tyrant grows in season two.”

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- Whitney Friedlander

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Tyrant: Season One Ratings

27 August 2014 9:53 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.

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Tyrant: Cancel or Renew FX TV Show for Season Two?

27 August 2014 9:52 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Last night marked the season finale of the Tyrant TV show on FX. The episode left things up in the air but will there be a second season to resolve them? Will the series be renewed or will it be cancelled instead?

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.

The series debuted in late June to 2.1 million viewers and a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic. The numbers took a significant tumble in week two but have gone up and down as new episodes have been unveiled. The 10 episode season ended up averaging 1.55 million viewers with a 0.6 rating (a »


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Tyrant Season Finale Review: “Gone Fishing” (Season 1, Episode 10)

26 August 2014 8:13 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The season finale of Tyrant clocked in at 50 minutes and one second, and the writers didn’t waste even that last second. After Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) played his part to a tee on last week’s episode, maybe a little too well, Barry (Adam Rayner) was confident that he would succeed in his undertaking. The plan was moving along as expected, his family was packed and on the verge of getting out of harm’s way, and at least Barry would have a final memorable day with his brother before everything hit the fan. Slowly the entire plan unraveled and by the time the screen faded to black tonight, we hadn’t quite reached the extent of worse case scenario, but the characters were all pretty close to it.

Let’s talk about hindsight. In hindsight, Hakim (Yussuf Abu-Warda) wasn’t exactly an inspired choice for a co-conspirator. Viewers experienced »

- Lindsay Sperling

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Tyrant Review: “Gaslight” (Season 1, Episode 9)

19 August 2014 8:19 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Hands down, “Gaslight” was the strongest episode to come out of season one of Tyrant so far. The penultimate hour delivered to viewers a build up to the end that was fully satisfying and a bit disarming, to say the least. Scene after scene, the writers showcased the passion behind the story through strategic interactions between the characters – all of which outshone their previous performances.

An unexpected highlight of this episode was the reaction that Leila (Moran Atias) had to the fear that someone was plotting against her husband. Although she often appears unconcerned with his affairs, both personal and political, she clearly holds a deep seated affection for the man she has spent most of her life married to. However, her concern may be the ticking time bomb that throws all of Barry’s (Adam Rayner) plans off kilter.

The mass murder of the elite guard by order of »

- Lindsay Sperling

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Tyrant Review: “Meet The New Boss” (Season 1, Episode 8)

12 August 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Tyrant ended last week’s episode on an unsettling note, with Barry (Adam Rayner) finishing off what Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) started with the Sheik, and then making a rather bold statement regarding his brother’s ability, or rather inability, to run the country. “Meet the New Boss” immediately followed up on that sentiment and established a road map to where the rest of the season is headed. This episode also took the opportunity to create a sense of urgency, replacing the more glacial pace that had set in and alleviating some of the frustrations that viewers were starting to feel as the season sunk into a slight lull.

The single greatest moment of “Meet the New Boss” came very early on in the episode when Barry was meeting with John Tucker (Justin Kirk) regarding his feelings about the state of the new regime and his plans for social change. Tucker matter-of-factly states, »

- Lindsay Sperling

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Tyrant Review: “Preventative Medicine” (Season 1, Episode 7)

5 August 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Tyrant delved deep into the story arc surrounding the Shiek and his impact on Jamal’s (Ashraf Barhom) future as the President of Abbudin on tonight’s episode, titled “Preventative Medicine.” Last week, viewers watched as Jamal, in an sudden act of rage, attempted to murder Shiek Rashid (Mohammad Bakri), or at the very least, shut him up. Clearly, the scene in the bathroom was already tense before the Shiek started to unman Jamal with his words, expressing a strong opinion about the role that Barry was playing in the future election process and his significance within Jamal’s small council.

As the main representative of the opposition, replacing his son as the spearhead of the campaign against the ruling family, the Shiek being eliminated from the show means that Jamal is once again the most powerful man at the table. However, it also opens the door for the voice »

- Lindsay Sperling

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Tyrant Review: “What The World Needs Now” (Season 1, Episode 6)

29 July 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Tyrant may have  looked like it was beginning to lose some of its steam in the previous episode, but “What The World Needs Now” may as well have been titled, “What The Show Needs Now.” The writers hit it out of the park with a surprise ending that will change everything for the main characters, and possibly incite even more chaos than what Abbudin experienced under its former leadership. All viewers can do now is sit back and wait to see how things work themselves out.

We’ve watched the transition that Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) has undergone as he is guided by his younger brother as opposed to being under the calculating influence of his uncle, but the end of this episode leaves that in question. The brash man we met in the pilot seemed to have been finding a middle ground between his desire to come across as powerful »

- Lindsay Sperling

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Tyrant Review: “Hail Mary” (Season 1, Episode 5)

22 July 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Tyrant Review: “Sins Of The Father” (Season 1, Episode 4)

15 July 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Tyrant Review: “My Brother’s Keeper” (Season 1, Episode 3)

8 July 2014 8:34 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Tyrant Review: “State Of Emergency” (Season 1, Episode 2)

1 July 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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25 June 2014 10:34 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: FX

Episodes: Ongoing (hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: June 24, 2014 -- Tbd

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Adam Rayner, Ashraf Barhom, Moran Atias, Jennifer Finnigan, Anne Winters, Noah Silver, Mehdi Dehbi, Fares Fares, Alice Krige, Salim Daw, and Justin Kirk.

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.

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Does FX's Tyrant Get Your Vote?

24 June 2014 8:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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, »

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Tyrant Series Premiere Recap: “Pilot”

24 June 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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Will FX's New Family Drama Tyrant Rule?

24 June 2014 10:42 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

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

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Why it matters that FX’s ‘Tyrant’ didn't cast a Middle Eastern actor in its lead role

24 June 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Tyrant Review – FX Drama Has Too Many Goals

23 June 2014 2:52 PM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Tyrant Review

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

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Review: FX's 'Tyrant'

23 June 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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TV Review: ‘Tyrant’

23 June 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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