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The Performer | Missy Peregrym
The Show | Rookie Blue
The Episode | “Perfect Family” (July 2)
The Performance | This Thursday, officer Andy McNally faced a frightening future with her boyfriend Sam: he’s about to start a family, and it’s not with her. As the cop contemplated how to handle the fact that her beau’s ex, Marlo, is pregnant with his baby, Peregrym deftly and vividly brought alive the pathos and conflicting emotions within her character. How does she help raise a child that isn’t hers? Can she even do that? Should she leave Sam so he can be with Marlo? »
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Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)
LeBron James will guest star on Season 2 of Starz dramedy “Survivor’s Remorse”
He said James, who currently serves as an executive producer on the series, has been an asset to the writers. While his basketball career precludes him from being in the writers’ room, he regularly pitches story ideas loosely based on his real life experiences.
American Crime (ABC)
King will play a different role in Season 2, and will move from a »
- Rollo Tomasi
Brothers Mychael and Jeff Danna are two of the most prolific composers working today, with over 160 credits between them. Together, they have collaborated on such films as “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (2009), “Lakeview Terrace” (2008), and “The Boondock Saints” (1999), and are currently working on the FX series “Tyrant.” -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders When we brought up the subject of sibling rivalry in our recent webcam chat (watch below), they couldn’t help but chuckle before giving an eloquent response. “There’s always a hint, and sometimes it boils up into an uber-hint,” admits Mychael, “but I would say it’s something we use in a positive way 98% of the time." However, he concedes, "there are competitions, but we do it to try and out-do each other. We both admire each others work, and i »
Exclusive: Melia Kreiling (Guardians Of The Galaxy) has joined the Season 2 cast of FX’s Tyrant in a recurring role. The series revolves around an unassuming American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent fictional Middle Eastern nation. Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed, the younger son of the war-torn country's dictator, ends a self-imposed 20-year exile to return to his homeland. His reluctant homecoming leads to a dramatic clash of cultures as he is thrown back… »
Last year, Tyrant didn't bring in very good ratings but the FX execs decided to give it more time and renewed the show for a second season. Will the numbers get better in season two? How long will the cable channel remain patient if they don't? Will the drama be cancelled or renewed for a third season? Stay tuned.
Tyrant revolves around the youngest son of a dictator who returns to his war-torn country in the Middle-East with his American family. This season, the drama's cast includes Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, Moran Atias, Alice Krige, Alexander Karim, Cameron Gharaee, and Sybilla Deen.
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From shifting filming locations to shifting directors, the first season of FX’s Middle East-set “Tyrant” was known to have just as much drama off-screen as it did on-screen. Much of the former seems to have been smoothed out for season two, as Variety TV critic Brian Lowry notes in his review. But that hasn’t stopped co-creator Howard Gordon from stressing that, despite a resume that includes “Homeland” and “24,” this political/family drama about two brothers vying to be the one to carry on their father’s legacy is the toughest show he’s ever done.
With “Tyrant’s” season two premiere now aired, Gordon elaborated on this for Variety, as well as about the show’s real-world connection and comparisons to a certain HBO show about a battle for control of a throne.
“Tyrant” airs at 10 p.m. Tuesdays on FX. Fans should stop reading if they have »
- Whitney Friedlander
High-stakes political thriller Tyrant debuts Season 2 on FX Tuesday, June 16, at 10pm Et/Pt. Season 1 saw Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) facing treason charges after the failed attempt to overthrow his brother Jamal’s (Ashrof Barhom) brutal rule over Abbudin. In the Season 2 premiere, “Mark of Cain,” Barry awaits punishment for leading the failed coup, while Jamal agonizes over whether or not to execute him. Also See: FX’s intense drama “Tyrant” goes to cool, dark places: Middle-East turmoil ensnares an American family in FX’s captivating new series Watch Tyrant Season 1 episodes now on Hulu Tyrant Season 2 … Continue reading →
The post FX’s Tyrant returns to power: Season 2 preview appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Ryan Berenz
Back for a second season starting tonight at 10 Pm on FX, Tyrant has shed a lot of its old skin and successfully streamlined itself into a compelling soap that also steps onto some of the deadliest geopolitical territory of our times. To that end, as my video review above says, the series created by Gideon Raff and co-developed and produced by Howard Gordon, now pumps with blood. It also seethes with a high-stakes threat as the fictional Middle Eastern nation of Abbudin… »
The biggest criticism of Tyrant's first season was the casting of Adam Rayner, a quite white British actor, in the role of Bassam Al-Fayeed, the Americanized, self-banished scion of President Al-Fayeed (Nasser Faris), the ruler of the fictional Middle-Eastern nation of Abbudin. Not only did Rayner's ... let's call it "pretty" appearance highlight the show's more irksome and flat melodramatic passages, but next to the Galilee-born Ashraf Barhom, who plays Bassam's wildly sadistic, power-obsessed brother Jamal, blue-eyed Rayner seemed simply not to belong in the frame with actors who, for lack of a better phrase, look the part. There's a part of me, however, that has always suspected that this casting was less the work of opportunistic producers who were scared to put anyone but a white male in the lead, and more an expressionistic touch, a way of palpably underlining Bassam's inherent Western attitude and philosophies amidst a world bent on strict traditionalism, »
- Chris Cabin
The Collider Weekly TV Guide is a rundown of notable episodes, premieres, returns, finales, and opportunities to catch up on great shows (or cast an eye to the occasional TV train wreck). Prepare thyselves for yet another round of summer premieres, and check out the list for the week beginning Tuesday, June 15th ( with so many shows later in the week, we’re skipping right over Monday!) Tuesday 6/16 [caption id="attachment_471341" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via FX[/caption] Tyrant Season 2 Premiere, “Mark of Cain” (FX, 10 p.m.) — Barry’s (Adam Rayner) life is in the balance after his failed coup against his brother Jamal (Ashram Barhom). But Molly (Jennifer Finnigan) fights for his freedom, as he becomes an important figure for the resistance. Review forthcoming. Clipped Series Premiere, “Pilot” (TBS, 10 p.m.) — The workplace comedy, which takes place in a Massachusetts barbershop, stars Mike Castle and Ashley Tisdale. (Didn’t have time for this one on my schedule, »
- Allison Keene
VideosWatch the Trailer for Tyrant Season 2
As Season 1 drew to a close, Barry conspired with the U.S. government to stage a coup and thus keep his wicked brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) out of power. That… didn’t go so well. Instead, Jamal got wind of the plot and had his bro arrested, and now must decide whether or not to proceed with an execution.
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The quagmire of the Middle East appeared to engulf the first season of “Tyrant,” an FX drama that dropped an expatriate and his absurdly dense American family into the turmoil of his fictional native country. The new episodes, however, reflect a fairly impressive turnaround, significantly diminishing, if not wholly expunging, much of the stupidity, while echoing real-life events in provocative ways. Still not a great show, this project from Gideon Raff and Howard Gordon suddenly exhibits the potential to become a fairly entertaining one, with the disclaimer that the terrain still contains an abundance of storytelling sand traps.
Lest anyone forget the events of season one, pediatrician Barry Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) returned to his birthplace of Abbudin for a family wedding, bringing along his wife (Jennifer Finnegan) and two clueless children (Noah Silver, Anne Winters), who were apparently raised without the benefit of books or cable news. When Barry’s father, »
- Brian Lowry
Three episodes were provided for reviewing purposes prior to broadcast.
If there was anything you could say about Tyrant‘s freshman season, it’s that as a show on a basic cable network, is was pretty unique. Set in the fictional foreign country of Abbudin, the show followed Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) and his quest back home after twenty years absent – in which he turned into a crunchy granola suburban dad with a wife and two kids – and his subsequent attempts to keep his hotheaded brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) from descending Abbudin into chaos.
It was topical and interesting and a slight slow-burn, all the ingredients for good grown-up entertainment, but iffy writing and poor pacing made it ring constantly hollow. Its best, most interesting storylines either going nowhere – Barry’s son Sammy (Noah Silver) and his fling with family bodyguard Abdul – or dragging out far too long for even a 10-episode season. »
- Mitchel Broussard
FX is one network that understands how to tell savory meaty family-centric yarns that build each season with more intrigue as new characters are woven in. In the case of Gideon Raff’s “Tyrant,” we have a layered, life and death drama that has one fictional Middle-eastern country caught in the balance in a compelling whip-smart game of chess between two brothers. Fox may have showstopper Cookie in their “Empire,” but FX has Ashraf Barhom as Jamal Al-Fayeed, the most watchable villain since “Dallas” baddie Jr Ewing. “Tyrant” is the story of the son (Bassam/Barry) of a Middle Eastern ruler who […] »
- April Neale
I’ve been a little tough on Tyrant, especially in my surprise at it being renewed for a second season. But sometimes it takes series a little time to really come into its own, and to make adjustments that propel a just-ok show into something really good. And while Tyrant struggled to make that happen in its first season, there are still many elements to it that could be shaped into something great in Season 2. (And FX, it seems, is willing to give it the margins to do so. And FX should usually be trusted). In a new short featurette for Season 2, several of Tyrant’s cast members discuss the high stakes and family drama that is to come, including Jamal (Ashram Barhom) feeling compelled to sentence his brother Barry (Adam Rayner) to death after Barry’s failed coup. Molly (Jennifer Finnigan), meanwhile, is trapped in Abudeen, with an uncertain future given Barry’s status. »
- Allison Keene
If you feel like you’re watching too much violence on television and in movies, try being Jordan Goldman.
He was tasked with editing “13 Hours in Islamabad.” The 10th episode in the fourth season of Showtime’s Emmy-winning “Homeland,” it’s perhaps better known as “the one where stuff went down.”
The tension-fueled episode saw a security breach result in a hostage takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan. Casualties amass for both sides and there is a serious amount of gunfire.
“I had this really bizarre experience when I was cutting the episode,” Goldman says. “At work it felt so real. You go home at night and it’s all fiction.” He says he’d leave the editing bay wondering, “Why isn’t anyone talking about what just happened?”
Despite the Ptsd by proxy, Goldman, who began his career on FX’s “The Shield” and won an Emmy »
- Whitney Friedlander
Brewer is on board to writer and direct the pilot and exec produce the series for Paramount TV and 20th Century Fox TV. It’s eyed as a possible companion piece for Fox’s mega hit “Empire” although the project is still in the early script stage.
From the small-world department, “Empire” is toplined by Terrence Howard, who starred in Brewer’s breakthrough feature, 2005’s “Hustle and Flow.”
Chris Levinson (“Tyrant”) is set to serve as showrunner and exec producer. Robert Evans, who produced the original Paramount film, and HBO alum Sue Naegle are also on board as exec producers. Robert Evans Co.’s James Sikura will co-exec produce.
Like the movie, the TV adaptation of “Urban Cowboy” will follow the star-crossed relationship of Sissy »
- Cynthia Littleton
The Shonda Rhimes Era at ABC continues.
PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows and Stars
Additionally, ABC picked up The Family, which hails from Scandal/Grey’s Anatomy/Off the Map Ep Jenna Bans, the biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, Gossip Girl Ep Josh Safran’s Quantico and the ’80s-set crime drama Wicked City (Fka L.A. Crime).
The Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project (Fka Boom), centered around the oil industry in North Dakota, »
I'll be quite honest: Tyrant being renewed for a second season was a huge surprise. Critically, it wasn't a hit (I gave up after about 4 episodes), but most viewers who started it did mostly stick with it, as ratings remained incredibly consistent. It's that consistency that FX is looking to hold onto with the series, which also suffered from early creative conflicts (including Ang Lee leaving the project, followed by the departure of Homeland's Gideon Raff, although Howard Gordon remained) that left it without a clear tone (at least to start). Sometimes it was decidedly lackluster, sometimes it was offensive, sometimes it was soapy, and sometimes its conflicting accents were just confusing. But if FX has faith in it, maybe it's time for the Tyrant lost to find it again. Judging from the Season 2 trailer, it shouldn't be too hard to pick up. The coup orchestrated by Barry Al-Fayeed »
- Allison Keene
Blood is thicker than water, the old saying goes. But FX’s Tyrant would like to tweak that adage to something much more ominous: “Blood guarantees nothing.”
The cabler has released a trailer for Season 2 of its political drama, starring Adam Rayner as the son of a Middle Eastern ruler who reluctantly returns to his home country amid chaos.
Press Play below for a preview of the sophomore season, in which Rayner’s Bassam must suffer the consequences of planning a coup against his brother. »
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