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...
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.
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...