‘Tyrant’ Renewed for Season 2 by FX

Series about Middle East turmoil will continue, much like Middle East turmoil itself

FX's 'Tyrant'

“Tyrant” will continue its reign on FX.

FX has renewed the drama for a second season, the channel said Thursday. Production on the 13-episode second season is scheduled to begin next spring, for a summer 2015 premiere.

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The series, from executive producer Howard Gordon, stars Adam Rayner as Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed, the son of a Middle East dictator whose life as a doctor living in America is turned upside-down when he returns to his homeland to attend a relative’s wedding and is drawn into a political crisis.

“Tyrant” premiered in June to 2.1 million total viewers, with 775,000 viewers in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. With linear, time-shifted and non-linear viewing taken into account, the first season of “Tyrant” averaged 5.1 million total viewers weekly, with 2.3 million of them in the demo.

“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.”

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The “Tyrant” renewal follows the August renewal of FX’s other big freshman drama, the Guillermo del Toro vampire offering “The Strain.”