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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

Anne Heche to Co-Star in USA's Event Series Dig

Anne Heche

Anne Heche will star opposite Jason Isaacs in USA's upcoming event series Dig.

The Emmy nominee will play Lynn, the head of Jerusalem's FBI office and Peter's (Isaacs) boss. To complicate the matters, Lynn is also Peter's only friend and love interest. She's a tough leader and doesn't go easy on Peter, but Lynn also has a soft side.

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Jason Isaacs to Star in USA's Thriller Dig

Jason Isaacs

Jason Isaacs has been cast as the lead role in USA's thriller Dig, TVGuide.com has learned.

The Awake star will play Peter, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem whose murder investigation of a young archeologist leads him to uncover a conspiracy 2000 years old.

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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

USA Orders Event Series From Heroes' Tim Kring, Homeland's Gideon Raff

Tim Kring, Gideon Raff

USA has has given a six-episode commitment to Dig, an action series from Heroes' Tim Kring and Homeland's Gideon Raff, the network announced Wednesday.

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Watch My Show: Prisoners of War's Gideon Raff Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Prisoners of War

Before there was Homeland, there was Prisoners of War, an Israeli TV drama about three soldiers, two of whom — Uri (Ishai Golan) and Nimrode (Yoram Toledano) — return home after 17 years in an enemy prison. Gideon Raff created the show and went on to help American producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa adapt it for Showtime as Homeland. Seasons 1 (10 episodes) and 2 (14 episodes) of Prisoners of War are now available on Hulu's streaming service. Raff filled out our showrunner survey to explain why viewers may want to hunt for Prisoners of War. 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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