FX is returning to Middle Eastern politics.
The cable network has renewed their Middle-East set drama series Tyrant for a 13 episode second season, TVWise has learned. Production on the show’s second season is set to commence in the spring, with Tyrant set to return to FX next Summer.
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 was created by Gideon Raff & Howard Gordon and is produced by Fox 21 and FX Productions, with Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Michael Lehmann, Avi Nir, Hugh Fitzpatrick and Craig Wright executive producing. The geopolitical drama 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.
“We’re so proud of Tyrant’s performance throughout its first season,” said Nick Grad, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “Howard Gordon is one of the best and most successful producers in this business. His ability to combine intelligent, edge-of-your-seat storytelling with events from the current geopolitical climate is truly groundbreaking. We look forward to seeing how Tyrant grows in season two.”
While Executive Producer Howard Gordon added: “Working with John Landgraf and his team at FX has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my career. I’m truly grateful for the chance to continue working with them on this challenging and exciting project.”