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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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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

TNT Discharges David E. Kelley Medical Drama Monday Mornings

Monday Mornings

TNT is calling time of death on the David E. Kelley medical drama Monday Mornings, the network has confirmed.

"TNT has decided not to renew the medical drama Monday Mornings for a second season. We are... read more

The Monday Playlist: Monday Mornings, Robin Sparkles, a Hawaiian Remake and More

Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan

Last week, NBC's ludicrous insta-flop Do No Harm (about a Jekyll-Hyde neurosurgeon) pushed TV's medical genre beyond its melodramatic limits. Taking the completely opposite tack, and likely to get a much longer leash (this being cable), TNT's Monday Mornings (Monday, 10/9c) is a surprisingly mellow drama set at a hospital, about doctors forced to face up to their shortcomings, with an ensemble led by (trend alert?) gorgeous and flawed — though decidedly not bonkers — neurosurgeons, played by Jamie Bamber and Jennifer Finnigan.

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TNT's Monday Mornings: David E. Kelley Brings the Courtroom Into the Hospital

Jamie Bamber

Almost everyone involved with Monday Mornings, the new TNT medical drama from David E. Kelley, knows the audience might be hesitant to scrub into another hourlong TV program set in a hospital.

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"That's the first question that we asked: How this is different than what we already did in Chicago Hope many years ago?" executive producer and frequent Kelley collaborator Bill D'Elia tells TVGuide.com. "But you wind up watching this show differently than you watch any another medical drama... read more

Is David E. Kelley's Monday Mornings a Carbon Copy of Grey's Anatomy?

Monday Mornings

There are hot doctors who may have unrequited feelings for one another. Colleagues call one of the docs 007. Another doc is definitely McDreamy — and has the hair to prove it.

No, we're not talking about Grey's Anatomy. We're describing TNT's new medical drama Monday Mornings, a near carbon-copy of ABC's Seattle-based series. In David E. Kelley's new take on the medical world, doctors — including those played by Jamie Bamber, Alfred Molina, Ving Rhames and Jennifer Finnigan — in a Portland-based hospital face life-and-death decisions every day as they fight against often-impossible odds to save their patients.

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TNT Orders David E. Kelley's Medical Drama Monday Mornings

David E. Kelley

TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the David E. Kelley medical drama Monday Mornings, the network announced on Tuesday.

Based on the eponymous book by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the series chronicles the professional and personal lives of five Portland, Ore., surgeons. The title refers to the hospital's weekly morbidity and mortality conference, when doctors gather with their peers for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care.

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Pilot Season: Battlestar and Lost Alums Cast in New Projects

Jamie Bamber

Battlestar Galactica alum Jamie Bamber has scored the lead role in the TNT medical drama Chelsea General.

The pilot, from David E. Kelley, chronicles the professional and personal lives of five surgeons. Bamber will play Dr. Tyler, a vascular neurosurgeon who has a fling with his colleague (Jennifer Finnigan). The project is based is on Dr. Sanjay Gupta's upcoming book, Monday Mornings.

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VIDEO: Better With You Stars Play Very Different Sisters

Jennifer Finnigan, Joanna Garcia

What is JoAnna Garcia most excited about for Better With You's first season?

"I can have ice cream sundaes because I'm pregnant this year on TV!" she says.

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