It’s the end of the road for the Al-Fayeed administration.
FX has announced that their geo-political thriller series Tyrant is coming to an end with its current third season. The season three finale, which is set to air tonight on the cable network, will now serve as the series finale.
Tyrant tells the story of the story of an unassuming American family who are drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. The drama series, from Homeland‘s Gideon Raff & Howard Gordon, is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions and stars Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Moran Atias, Ashraf Barhom, Noah Silver, Alexander Karim, Cameron Gharaee, Melia Kreiling and Chris Noth. The executive producers are Howard Gordon, Chris Keyser, Gideon Raff and Avi Nir.
“It’s very difficult to find common ground with other people whose stories we do not know or understand. The creators of Tyrant have done their utmost over three seasons to tell American audiences a tiny fraction of the many gripping, human stories coursing through the Middle East today”, said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions.
“We want to thank Howard Gordon, Chris Keyser and their talented team of collaborators, including all the writers, directors, cast and crew, as well as our studio partners at Fox 21 Television Studios, for taking on Tyrant’s tremendously ambitious story with such profound dedication and respect”, Langraf added.
Despite coming from heady auspices, such as 24 and Homeland executive producer Howard Gordon, Tyrant has struggled in its short life-span, being panned by critics over its approach to a sensitive subject. Viewership was also relatively soft, with rating never exceeding more than 2 million viewers (bar the series premiere). Ratings for the current season have sunk below the one million mark and it was that, coupled with the poor critical reception, that sealed the show’s fate.
That being said, Fox 21 Television Studios, who produced alongside FX Productions and served as the studio on Tyrant is not ready to throw in the towel just yet. In a statement released today studio president Bert Salke stated that he would be shopping the series to other networks but was relatively downbeat about the chances of securing a new home and producing a fourth season. “We feel the show is a gem and we’d love to find a way to keep it in production. That said, we want to be realistic about its prospects”, Salke said. “So for its loyal audience, tonight’s episode will be a satisfying end should the series not find another home, but also provides interesting possibilities should we be able to continue on some other platform.”