Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

"Tyrant"

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

"Tyrant"

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Wednesday, "Tyrant," 10 p.m., FX

It's somewhat amazing that this Middle Eastern-set soap made it to a third season despite low ratings and muted buzz. It's an interesting if seriously flawed series that left off with despotic Jamal (Ashraf Barham), the show's most compelling character, shot by the daughter-in-law he raped.

As the new season picks up, Jamal is in a coma, and his brother, Barry (Adam Rayner), who spent most of his adult life as a doctor in America, has become president of the fictional country of Abuddin.

Overstuffed with characters, the show makes it tough to remember who's who from last summer's season, but after three episodes their roles and relationships crystallize. Or they're just dead.

There's a lot of death in this new season, some of which viewers can guess if they pay attention to how actors are billed in the credits. …

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