After three seasons, Tyrant‘s saga of the ruling Al-Fayeed family of the fictional nation of Abuddin is coming to an end — tonight and forever. FX said today that the Middle East-set drama created by Gideon Raff and developed by Howard Gordon and Craig Wright will end its run with Wednesday’s Season 3 finale.
“It’s very difficult to find common ground with other people whose stories we do not know or understand,” said FX boss John Landgraf today 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.”
There is a slim chance Tyrant might not be over — at least that what Fox 21 Television Studios is hoping.
“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 today. “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.”
Focusing on the return of the youngest son from his life in America to eventually taking over his family’s position of power, Tyrant debuted on June 24, 2014. Never a ratings heavy-hitter, the politically charged series went through several changes over its run and saw the addition of Chris Noth and The Americans alum Annet Mahendru to its cast this season.
Executive produced by Gordon, Raff, Chris Keyser and Avi Nir, Tyrant was produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.