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.
Production of Tyrant is scheduled to begin next spring with the second season returning in the summer of 2015.
Here's what Nick Grad had to say in a statement regarding the renewal.
"We're so proud of Tyrant's performance throughout its first season. 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 2."
Executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon had this to say in his statement.
"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."
The ratings for Tyrant's first season were incredibly consistent throughout its 10-week run, with the Adults 18-49 audience average for the first half of the season identical to the second half of the season. On a weekly basis, Tyrant averaged 5.1 million Total Viewers and 2.3 million Adults 18-49 inclusive of linear, time-shifted and non-linear viewing (data through eight weeks).
Despite the initial controversy surrounding the show, the audience response was very favorable. Tyrant generated an audience favorability score of 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and a user score of 8.0 out of 10 on IMDb. Verne Gay of Newsday wrote about Tyrant at the conclusion of season one, "Tyrant makes a strong turn in the end.... [Howard] Gordon and [Glenn Gordon] Caron have backed their way into a big idea....highly compelling....A second season has been earned."
All 10 episodes from the first season of Tyrant are currently available on FX's VOD platform FXNOW for authenticated subscribers of the network.
From Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Executive Producer/Showunner Howard Gordon (24, Homeland), 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 Dau, Justin Kirk, Mehdi Dehbi, and Alice Krige.
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 Christopher 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.