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The dramatic story behind the creation of FX's new show '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. Miller Mobley/The Hollywood Reporter

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:


"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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