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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Although the show's attempt to lift the veil on life in the Middle East is the most compelling aspect of the project, it's also perhaps the most problematic when it comes to selling a commercial television show. But the show's creative team...read more
The sins of the father weigh unusually heavily on the privileged but conflicted sons at the core of FX's contrived and not very convincing new drama Tyrant (Tuesday, 10/9c) — but what do you expect when not-so-dear old dad is an honest-to-badness Middle Eastern dictator and the family is "in the oppression business," which is how estranged scion "Barry" (born Bassam) Al-Fayeed dourly looks upon his unhappy heritage.read more
FX is putting a twist on family drama in the network's upcoming series Tyrant.
Premiering Tuesday at 10/9c, Tyrant stars Adam Rayner as Barry al Fayeed, a Calfornia pediatrician who's also secretly the youngest son of a Middle East dictator. When Barry reluctantly returns to his home country, it's not long before he, his wife and kids have to confront the longstanding family issues with his father and brother that he left behind so many years ago. And the longer Barry stays, the more we see the darker version of himself he's been running from for all these years. read more