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‘Homeland’ Duo Place a ‘Tyrant’ At FX

Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff get a pilot order for a “Reverse ‘Homeland.’”

Last fall, Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff took home the Emmy Award for Best Drama for the first season of “Homeland;” which has gone on to have a strong second season on Showtime. And the duo already has their next project together lined up.

According to Deadline, FX has ordeed a pilot for “Tyrant,” the new potential TV series from Gordon and Raff. Initially described as a “Reverse ‘Homeland,’” “Tyrant” will follow “an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.”

The concept of “Tyrant” was originated by Raff, who created the Israeli series “Prisoners of War;”  which became the basis for “Homeland.” Gordon and Craig Wright (“Six Feet Under”) developed “Tyrant” with Raff writing the pilot script. Wright will serve as the showrunner if “Tyrant” is picked up to series.

FX Executive Vice President Nick Grad praised the project and said “It’s pretty amazing when you read a script and can instantly imagine it becoming one of the best shows on television.”

It’s been an unusually busy development cycle for FX, with pilot commitments for “The Strain” and “The Bridge” in addition to an adaptation of “Fargo” that is also being worked on as a potential TV series.


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