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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

FX Orders Howard Gordon's Tyrant to Series

Tyrant

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

Weeds' Justin Kirk to Star in FX Pilot From Homeland Producers

Justin Kirk

Justin Kirk is heading back to cable TV.

The Weeds alum will star in the upcoming FX pilot Tyrant, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Ang Lee to Direct FX Pilot Tyrant from Homeland Producers

Ang Lee

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee will make his television directorial debut with the FX pilot Tyrant, the network announced Wednesday. It will be Lee's first project since Life of Pi, for which he won the Best Director Academy Award last month.

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Tuesday TV Review: Emily Owens, Underemployed, Fox Comedies and More

Mammie Gummer

"Clear!"

How many times have you heard that while watching a medical show? Now meet The CW's Emily Owens, M.D. (9/8c), who's such a magically giddy sprite of a surgical intern she can actually "Clear!" a room, just by showing up. My living room, anyway. Or any room in which she might suddenly appear, babbling in gratingly incessant voice-overs that make Meredith Grey seem a model of restraint. A more toxically cutesy, aggravatingly precious, aren't-I-adorable waste of talent would be hard to imagine.

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MTV Sets Jersey Shore Return, Renews Snooki & JWoww and Teases New Series

Jersey Shore

MTV is staying in business with Snooki & JWoww.

The Jersey Shore spin-off has been renewed for a second season, the network announced Friday at the Television Critics Association's fall TV previews. The series debuted in June to 2.4 million viewers, a big drop from Jersey Shore's Season 5 premiere, which drew 7.6 million viewers.

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MTV Orders Two New Scripted Series, Four Reality Shows

Kesha, Bo Burnham

MTV has ordered two new scripted series and four reality shows that would bring the likes of Ke$ha and Bo Burnham to TV, the network announced Friday.

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Katherine Heigl Joins HBO's Knitting Circle

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl is returning to television in an HBO film.

The former Grey's Anatomy star will produce and star in the cable network's adaptation of Ann Hood's best-selling novel The Knitting Circle.

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How likely is it that Dirty ...

Question: How likely is it that Dirty Sexy Money will survive the writers' strike? It's by far my favorite new show of the season, and the thought of it being scrapped is upsetting. I've also heard that the networks think this season has been a bust and they would be quite happy to start over once the strike ends without any of their freshman shows. Craig Wright didn't sound very optimistic about their survival chances in an interview I read, and with no end to the strike in sight, I'm beginning to feel the same way (particularly in light of the stories I heard about DSM being significantly over budget). Answer: Again, I'd be lying if I didn't say a show like this is vulnerable, along with many other freshman series that haven't quite broken out yet. Given the investment of talent in front of and behind the camera on Dirty Sexy Money, I'd be especially sorry to see this one scrapped too early. Guess we'll have to wait and see ... read more

Movie News: Marsden Beholds Diaz's Box, and More

X man James Marsden is in talks to be Cameron Diaz's hubby in The Box, a horror pic about a box that dispenses a hefty sum of cash — while someone you know dies.... Also per the Reporter, with Night at the Museum's Shawn Levy stymied by scheduling conflicts, David Dobkin (Fred Claus) will direct and Craig Wright (Dirty Sexy Money) will write the big-screen adaptation of The Flash.... Until his port of the vidgame Halo is a go, Peter Jackson is moving ahead with District 9, a live-action sci-fier, says Variety.... Producer Brad Pitt has acquired the graphic novel The Killer (shop Amazon), to be made into a film directed by David Fincher. read more

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