FX’s ‘Tyrant’ Renewed For Third Season

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Tyrant S2FX has handed out a 10 episode third season renewal to their geo-political thriller series Tyrant, from Howard Gordon, Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

Tyrant, which has been a so-so-ratings performer, has been eyeing a pick-up for weeks, with FX brass high on the series, especially given the plot direction of the show in its second season.

Across the twelve episode second season, Tyrant averaged a live+same day audience of 1.2 million viewers, down slightly from the average audience for season one. On a Live+7 basis, season 2 of Tyrant averaged 2.47 million Total Viewers and 1.05 million Adults 18-49.

“Tyrant’s second season took the show to a new level thanks to the skill and direction of Howard, Chris and Glenn and their creative team, the exceptional cast and a story steeped in family, loyalty and intrigue”, said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “We look forward to the next chapter and a sensational third season of Tyrant.”

From Homeland‘s Gideon Raff & Howard Gordon, Tyrant tells the story of Bassam “Barry” Al Fayeed, the younger son of the dictator of a war-torn nation, who ends a self-imposed 20-year exile to return to his homeland, accompanied by his American wife and children, for his nephew’s wedding. Barry’s reluctant homecoming leads to a dramatic clash of cultures as he is thrown back into the familial and national politics of his youth. The drama series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions and stars Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, Moran Atias, Noah Silver, Anne Winters, Fares Fares, Salim Daw, Justin Kirk, Jordana Spiro, Mehdi Dehbi and Alice Krige.

  • renamoretti1

    Translation: Season 2 confirmed the “flop” status. Audiences don’t want to watch it, but we like the showrunner so we gave him more money…

    Baffling.

  • james

    ‘Tyrant’ may be suffering from recent political events too, as opinion is not necessarily favourably disposed with Middle East politics even if it is a soapy Americanised interpretation of a racial stereotype conveniently played by a non Arab actor, all the same I’m pleased that the show will be offered a conclusion hopefully satisfactory for it’s audience.

    • renamoretti1

      Great point. It’s true the topic has zero appeal to me. I see it already enough in the news.