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FX Cancels ‘Tyrant,’ Series to End Tonight

Well, that was abrupt

FX has canceled “Tyrant,” meaning the series will officially conclude this evening with the Season 3 finale.

“It’s very difficult to find common ground with other people whose stories we do not know or understand,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, in a statement. “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. 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.”

“‘Tyrant’ is a beloved show to all of us at Fox 21 Television Studios, and we are indebted to Howard and Chris for their incredible work, and to John Landgraf and everyone at FX who have been fantastic partners,” said Fox 21 Television Studios President Bert Salke. “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. 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.”

The series finale of “Tyrant” airs at 10 p.m. ET tonight, September 7, on FX. “Tyrant” followed an American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.

Episode 10 — “Two Graves” — sees Barry and Molly are on the brink of waging war on the Caliphate, while Leila makes a bold political move and braves the possibility of a close betrayal. Meanwhile, Barry and Daliyah face a final reckoning in their relationship and the conflict in Abuddin threatens to turn into a bloody civil war. The episode was written by Christopher Keyser and Howard Gordon, and directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton.

“Tyrant” is executive produced by Gordon, Chris Keyser, Gideon Raff and Avi Nir. The series stars Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Moran Atias, Ashraf Barhom, Noah Silver, Alexander Karim, Cameron Gharaee, Melia Kreiling and Chris Noth. “Tyrant” is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.