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The dramatic story behind the creation of FX's new show 'Tyrant'

The cast of FX's 'Tyrant'

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The cast of FX's 'Tyrant.' From left: Moran Atias, Ashraf Barhom, Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Howard Gordon and Justin Kirk. The show premieres on June 24.

The buzz surrounding FX's new show "Tyrant" started even before the pilot script was written. The brainchild of the Emmy-winning producers of Showtime's big hit "Homeland," the show set off a bidding war among TV networks.

Billed as "The Godfather" set in the Middle East, the tense drama follows the story of the son of a dictator drawn back into the ancestral and national politics of a fictional Middle Eastern country:

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"Tyrant" looks and sounds incredibly dramatic, but it apparently has nothing on all the drama that's gone on behind the scenes. Since going into production, the show has been hit with a seemingly endless series of setbacks and controversies. 

The Hollywood Reporter's Lacey Rose has been writing about the show's backstory and joins Take Two for more.


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