TYRANT Recap: “Sins Of The Father”

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Throughout its short run so far, Tyrant has shown glimpses of being an interesting series that explores a difficult issue with some complexity.  But most of the time, it’s chosen plot over characterization, and broad strokes over nuance.  The first part could almost be forgivable if the series was one that featured fast-paced action or political intrigue, but it has neither.  Tyrantseems to be playing a long game, when what it really needs to focus on is there here and now.  Hit the jump for why “like father, like son.”

TYRANT Recap: “My Brother’s Keeper”

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Tyrant‘s third episode, “My Brother’s Keeper,” suggested that the series wants to soar to great heights, but it doesn’t quite know how to get there.  The hour was full of political intrigue and interest, yet it also dragged.  The extreme complications in the relationship between Jamal and Bassam were worked out almost instantly thanks to a late night steam bath (not like that … this isn’t Game of Thrones!)  There was a public hanging and actual fireworks, yet things felt hollow.  Hit the jump for why you may be walking away from an excellent college essay experience.

TYRANT Recap: “State of Emergency”

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The premiere of FX’s long-anticipated Tyrant, which went through a number of directors and rewrites before settling on the current story and style (that is, a glossy Middle Eastern Godfatherin a flattering comparison), caused a divisive reaction.  With the Homeland pedigree, and FX’s great (though not perfect) track record with new dramas, Tyrant was poised to potentially be the next big thing for the network.  But the premiere left viewers and critics unsure.  And in its second episode, “State of Emergency,” Tyrant showed there are still many kinks to be worked out.  On the whole, though, it still has something elusive about it that makes watching it worthwhile.  Hit the jump for why there is more to life than treating overprivileged children with ear infections.

TYRANT Series Premiere Recap: “Pilot”

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From the snow of Fargo, we now move to the sands of the fictional Middle Eastern nation of Abuddin, where FX’s newest drama series Tyrant is set up to be part Homeland, part Dynasty.  In a strong (but still somewhat boilerplate) pilot, Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner), the young son of the nation’s dictator, returns to Abuddin for his nephew’s wedding, bringing his American family with him after 20 years of self-imposed exile. “Promise me we’ll come back?” he says to his wife, Molly (Jennifer Finnigan) as the family prepares to leave. The fateful words have thus been spoken: ain’t nobody getting out of this.  Hit the jump for why “if you’re going to be unbearable, at least be accurate.”

Adam Rayner Talks TYRANT, Joining the Show, Playing an Arab Character, Shocking Moments, Shooting the Pilot in Morocco, and His Character’s Motives

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From showrunner/executive producer Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24), the FX drama series Tyrant tells the story of Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner), the younger son of the dictator or a war–torn Middle Eastern nation.  When he ends a self-imposed 20-year exile to return to his homeland with his American wife (Jennifer Finnigan) and children for his nephew’s wedding, he is immediately thrown back into the politics that he left behind.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Adam Rayner talked about how he came to be a part of this show, why he was unsure about playing an Arab character as a British actor, how he views his character, the shocking moments, the relationship between brothers, shooting the pilot in Morocco, and the motives behind his character’s decision to return home after 20 years.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

THE STRAIN to Premiere on FX July 13th; Premiere Dates Announced for TYRANT, WILFRED, THE BRIDGE, and More

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FX and FXX have announced summer premiere dates for its upcoming series.  Briefly:

  • The Strain (July 13th) – The FX adaptation of the horror trilogy comes from creator/executive producer Guillermo del Toro and showrunner Carlton Cuse, telling the story of a viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient strain of vampirism.  Cory Stoll and Sean Astin star, and del Toro directed the pilot.
  • Tyrant (June 24th) – The new FX drama series from Homeland co-creator Howard Gordon revolves around an American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.  David Yates directed the pilot.
  • Wilfred (June 25th) – The comedy series returns for its fourth and final season on FXX, starring Elijah Wood.
  • The Bridge (July 9th) – The second season of the FX drama continues the relationship between Demian Bichir’s Mexican police officer and his American counterpart, played by Diane Kruger.
  • Married (July 17th) – The new FX comedy series starring Nat Faxon and Judy Greer tells the story of being “miserably in love.”
  • You’re the Worst (July 17th) – Another new FX comedy series revolving around a new relationship.

Hit the jump to read full synopses for the aforementioned series.

FX Orders New Drama TYRANT to Series for Summer 2014 Debut; Pilot Directed by David Yates

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FX is adding a new drama series to its roster from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff.  The network announced today (via THR) that it has ordered Tyrant to series, scheduling it for a summer 2014 debut.  The story revolves around an American family that is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation, and producers aimed high when crafting the pilot.  Ang Lee was initially signed on to direct the first episode, but he subsequently backed out citing exhaustion over the very long post-production and awards campaign process on Life of Pi.  In his stead, producers nabbed Harry Potter director David Yates to helm the pilot.

Production on Tyrant will begin in earnest this coming March in Tel Aviv and the show will debut next summer alongside Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain.  The cast for Tyrant includes Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, and Justin Kirk.

TV Casting: Josh Gad Joins Billy Crystal in THE COMEDIANS, ARROW Adds THE KILLING Star for Season 2 and Adam Rayner to Lead TYRANT

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Here’s the latest small-screen casting news:

  • Josh Gad (Jobs) will star opposite Billy Crystal in the cable pilot, The Comedians.
  • Bex Taylor-Klaus (The Killing) has landed a role on the second season of the CW’s hit series Arrow.
  • Adam Rayner (Hunted) will play the lead in the FX drama pilot, Tyrant, from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, and Six Feet Under producer Craig Wright.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

HARRY POTTER Helmer David Yates Replaces Ang Lee as Director of FX Pilot TYRANT

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Though the pilot for the potential FX drama series Tyrant was dealt a blow when Ang Lee backed out of the director’s chair over understandable concerns that he was too exhausted following the production, release, and awards run of Life of Pi, another exciting filmmaker has stepped in as his replacement.  THR reports that David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter films to great success, has stepped in to direct the pilot for Tyrant.  Developed by Homeland showrunner/executive producer Howard Gordon, Tyrant centers on an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle East nation.

The move comes as Yates has had some trouble firming up his post-Potter project.  He initially flirted with the low-key drama Your Voice In My Head before ultimately leaving that project, and most recently Yates has been developing a Tarzan reboot at Warner Bros. starring Alexander Skarsgard.  WB recently put the brakes on Tarzan due to budget concerns and it’s unknown when/if the project might get going again, but Tyrant makes for an exciting directorial choice for Yates in the meantime.

FX Pilots: Director Ang Lee Departs Drama TYRANT, While Guillermo del Toro’s THE STRAIN Finds Its Female Lead in Mia Maestro

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A couple of updates out of the camp of FX pilots.  Unfortunately, it looks like Oscar-winning director Ang Lee will be tapping out of production on the drama pilot Tyrant, citing exhaustion from filming and promoting Life of Pi.  The story centers on an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle East nation; Tyrant’s pilot may be shooting in Morocco.  The search for a replacement is currently underway.

For more on what Lee had to say about his departure from the project and for casting information on Guillermo del Toro’s FX pilot, The Strain, hit the jump.

FX Launches New Network and a Huge Slate of New Programming; Renews JUSTIFIED, THE LEAGUE, and More; Orders FARGO to Series

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FX, home of Sons of AnarchyJustified, and The Americans (which has already been picked up for a second season), just exploded with information about new spin-off channels, series renewals, new series and more, such as:

  • FX has launched a new network, FXX, to appeal to a young adult set of viewers.
  • Series renewals include Justified, It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaThe League and Legit, with the latter three moving to FXX in 2014.
  • Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell expands to a 5-nights-a week.
  • FX orders a 10-episode limited series of Fargo.
  • FX orders comedy pilots How and Why from Charlie Kaufman, and Chozen from Grant DekernionDanny McBride and the team behind Eastbound & Down.

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Ang Lee to Direct and Executive Produce FX Pilot TYRANT

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“So Ang Lee, you’ve won the Oscar for best director what are ya gonna do now?” “I’m going to direct and executive produce a TV show!”  Once again cluing us all into just how the TV landscape has changed over the last fifteen years from second-tier to top notch storytelling, the Life Of Pi director is set to helm the pilot of Tyrant, a new show that is being set up at FX which will follow an American family caught amidst the inner workings of a Middle Eastern nation.

Hit the jump for the lowdown.

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