FX has ordered a 13-episode second season of the drama series “Tyrant,” from Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning executive producer/showunner Howard Gordon, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, the Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.
“Tyrant” tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent fictional Middle Eastern nation. Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed, the younger son of the dictator of a war-torn nation, 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 cast includes Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, Moran Atias, Noah Silver, Anne Winters, Fares Fares, Salim Daw, Justin Kirk, Mehdi Dehbi, and Alice Krige.
“We’re so proud of Tyrant’s performance throughout its first season,” said Grad. “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.”
“Working with John Landgraf and his team at FX has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my career,” said Gordon. “I’m truly grateful for the chance to continue working with them on this challenging and exciting project.”
“Tyrant” was created by Gideon Raff and is produced by Fox 21 and FX Productions. The series was developed by Howard Gordon & Craig Wright. Glenn Gordon Caron, Peter Noah, Michael Lehmann, and Avi Nir also serve as executive producers along with Chris Keyser as consulting producer and Chris Levinson as co-executive Producer. Gordon serves as executive producer and showrunner, along with his Teakwood Lane Productions, the shingle he has set up at 20th Century Fox Television.
Production of “Tyrant” is scheduled to begin next spring with the second season returning in the summer of 2015. All 10 episodes from the first season are currently available on FX’s VOD platform FXNOW for authenticated subscribers of the network.