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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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FX Casts Billy Bob Thornton in Fargo Series; FXX Aims for Younger Viewers

Billy Bob Thornton

FX will drop in on Minnesota next spring.

The network has cast Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton to star in its Fargo limited series, adapted from the 1996 award-winning movie of the same name by Joel and Ethan Coen, FX CEO John Landgraf announced at the Television Critics Association fall previews on Friday. "It will do justice too the classic Coen Brothers film," Landgraf said.

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Alan Cumming Returns to Host the Britannia Awards: "It Keeps Me on My Toes"

Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming is a perfect choice to host the 2011 Britannia Awards (Sunday at 8/7c on TV Guide Network). I mean, the man won a Tony Award for playing an emcee (for Cabaret in 1998)! Plus, the Scottish actor has other skills relevant to the gig — just ask him. "I'm a little bit cheeky and a little bit mischievous," he says. "I'm quite good on my feet."

It's a good thing too, because Cumming's packed schedule — including his ongoing gig on The Good Wife, which shoots in New York — made it difficult to find time to fly to Los Angeles to host the show, let alone prepare what he will say. "It kind of keeps me on my toes and kind of feels like doing theater without having to do a play for six months," he says. "I have no script yet, but I enjoy the last minute-ness of it."

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Cumming promises that he won't be nearly as controversial as that other biting awards show host from across the pond. "I think it's a Scottish thing to... read more

Harry Potter's Rupert Grint: Kissing Emma Watson Was "Quite a Hard Thing to Do"

Emma Watson and Rupert Grint

Emma Watson has had her pick of the Harry Potter boys, having smooched both Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint for the films.

But for Grint, shooting the much-anticipated lip-lock between Ron and Hermione in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was a definite challenge. "It was... read more

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