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Will FX's New Family Drama Tyrant Rule?

Jennifer Finnigan, Adam Rayner

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

Review: FX's Tyrant and the Return of Covert Affairs

Tyrant

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.

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Watch This Tonight: Tyrant

Ashraf Barhom and Adam Rayner

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. 

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Animal Planet Orders First Scripted Special Starring Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

Animal Planet is venturing into scripted programming with its first ever film starring Martin Sheen, the network announced at Thursday's Discovery Communications upfront.

Based on the true events that inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, Revenge of the Whale features Old Thomas Nickerson (Sheen) as he tells his story about being a cabin boy on the ill-fated voyage of the whaling ship The Essex. The two-hour special, a co-production with the BBC, also stars Jonas Armstrong and Adam Rayner.

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FX Orders Howard Gordon's Tyrant to Series

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FX has given a series order to Tyrant, from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, the network announced Wednesday.

Tyrant tells the story of an unassuming American family that is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. The ensemble cast includes... read more

Weekend TV Review: Hunted, Hitchcock's Girl, Showtime Showstoppers and More

Melissa George

Remember the old X-Files mantra "Trust No One?" One of its producers surely does, and in creating the new Cinemax spy thriller Hunted, Frank Spotnitz makes it clear from the first scenes that you can't always trust your eyes, either.

"At least... read more

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