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FX renews 'Tyrant' for season 2

Tyrant has been renewed for a 13-episode second season, FX announced Thursday.

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Exclusive video: Travel-related tension abounds in tonight's premiere of 'Tyrant'

From Homeland executive producer Howard Gordon comes the new drama Tyrant, which centers on Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner), an L.A. pediatrician who returns home to a Middle Eastern country with his wife (Jennifer Finnigan) and two kids (Anne Winters, Noah Silver) for a wedding.

Barry hasn’t been home, however, in 20 years—and his dad is the controversial dictator of this (fictional) country. And his brother is the troubled heir to the throne. And Barry may find himself wrapped up in the politics of this First Family in ways he was hoping to avoid.

In this scene from the series premiere, which airs tonight at 10 p.m. on FX, Barry winds up with an uncomfortable—or is that extremely comfortable?—surprise at the airport. Flight attendants, prepare for awkward family moment. READ FULL STORY

'Life of Pi' director Ang Lee to make TV directorial debut with FX

Now that much-decorated director Ang Lee has scooped up another handful of awards for Life of Pi, he’s turning his attention to television. Lee will follow up Life of Pi with an FX pilot called Tyrant, his TV directorial debut. FX Networks president John Landgraf announced the news Thursday.

Tyrant, Lee’s first project following Life of Pi, is described by the network as “the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.” READ FULL STORY

'Homeland' team sells Middle East dictator show to FX

The producers of Showtime’s Homeland are going back to the Middle East.

FX has ordered a pilot called Tyrant from producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff along with Lost writer Craig Wright. The show follows a family that gets drawn into turbulent Middle East politics when the dictator of an Arab state dies and his American son becomes the new head of the country.

FX seems very excited about this one. The network’s executive vp of programming Nick Grad said: “The brilliant and wholly original concept just blew us away. It’s pretty amazing when you read a script and can instantly imagine it becoming one of the best shows on television.” Added studio Fox 21 president Bert Salke: “This script has excited everyone who’s read it.”

Gordon and Raff will executive produce the drama, with Wright scripting the pilot and potentially serving as showrunner if the project receives a series order.

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