FX Drama ‘Tyrant’ From Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Craig Wright Ordered To Series

By | Wednesday December 11, 2013 @ 2:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Exactly a year after FX landed the tyrantspec for Tyrant in a competitive situation, the cable network has given the drama project from Homeland co-creators Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under alum Craig Wright a series order for a minimum of 10 episodes to debut next summer. The series pickup for Tyrant comes on the heels of FX’s series order to Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse’s The Strain. Along with American Horror Story a couple of years ago, Tyrant and The Strain were the only projects to land FX pilot orders off a pitch/spec. HowardGordon_newAll three had such big commitments that a series order was all but certain and all three had received orders for backup scripts in anticipation of a series pickup. Tyrant, produced by Fox 21 and FX Prods., was the riskiest of the three with its Middle Eastern setting. It did hit several bumps along the way — original director Ang Lee exited, with David Yates stepping in. There were questions about where the series would be filmed (It will be shot in Tel Aviv after the pilot was done in Morocco.) I hear FX brass had reservations about the first cut of the pilot but loved the final one. “With Tyrant, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Craig Wright have produced a beautiful television pilot that will be a groundbreaking television series,” said FX Networks CEO John Landgraf. “Tyrant introduces characters and a world that have never been expfxlogo1lored in a dramatic television series format. There is a reason a bidding war broke out over this project: it grabs you as all great epics do and simply refuses to let go!” Added 20th TV chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman, “This is one of the most ambitious series we’ve ever set out to make and we couldn’t be more grateful to John and everyone at FX who believed in its potential since the very first pitch.”

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FX Orders Drama Pilot From ‘Homeland’s Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff, Craig Wright

By | Monday December 10, 2012 @ 9:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

FX has given a pilot order to Tyrant, a drama from Homeland executive producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, Six Feet Under alum Craig Wright and 20th Century Fox TV’s Fox 21. Tyrant, casually referred to as “reverse Homeland“, was created by Raff, creator of the Israeli drama Prisoners Of War on which Showtime’s Homeland was based. Tyrant, developed by Gordon and Wright, tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Raff wrote the pilot script, which hails from Teakwood Lane, Gordon’s 20th TV-based production company. “The brilliant and wholly original concept just blew us all away,” FX’s EVP Nick Grad said. “It’s pretty amazing when you read a script and can instantly imagine it becoming one of the best shows on television.”

Gordon, Raff and Wright are executive producing in association with Keshet Broadcasting, the Israeli company behind Prisoners Of War, which also co-produces Homeland. Wright is set to serve as showrunner if Tyrant goes to series. For Wright, the project stems from the overall deal he inked with Fox 21 in August. Production on the pilot is tentatively slated to begin in spring 2013. Read More »

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Craig Wright Signs Overall Deal With Fox 21

By | Wednesday August 29, 2012 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox 21, the cable division of 20th Century Fox TV, has signed writer/playwright Craig Wright to an overall deal. Under the pact, he will create projects of his own and supervise other writers. Wright, an Emmy-nominated writer of … Read More »

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MTV’s Craig Wright Says New Series ‘Underemployed’ Is “Personal”: TCA

By | Friday August 3, 2012 @ 11:56am PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

At today’s TCA, Craig Wright, creator and executive producer of MTV’s new one-hour scripted drama/comedy series Underemployed (premiere date TBA) was asked about obvious parallels between this show and HBO’s Emmy-nominated Girls.

Actually, the title Girls or the name of creator Lena Dunham was never specifically mentioned, but a questioner asked about “an HBO show” whose creator scoffs at the idea of being the “voice of a generation.” Does Wright, in his late 40s, see himself as the voice of the millennials?

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MTV Picks Up 6 New Series: Craig Wright & Bo Burnham Comedies, 4 Unscripted

By | Friday September 16, 2011 @ 12:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

MTV is beefing up its original slate with six new series: Craig Wright’s ensemble comedy Underemployed, comedy Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous co-created by and starring hot young comedian Bo Burnham, and four reality and docu-series: Catfish, based on … Read More »

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Katherine Heigl To Produce And Star In Movie Project For HBO

By | Friday April 8, 2011 @ 10:03am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: HBO Films has optioned the rights to Ann Hood’s bestselling novel The Knitting Circle as a starring vehicle for Katherine Heigl. In her first TV project since leaving ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and her first collaboration with HBO, Heigl … Read More »

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MTV Picks Up Comedy Pilot About Under- Employed College Grads From Craig Wright

By | Wednesday February 23, 2011 @ 11:55am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: MTV is prepping its next pilot – a single-camera comedy about 5 twentysomethings in Chicago from Dirty Sexy Money creator Craig Wright.

Jared Kusnitz, Michelle Ang, Sarah Habel, Inbar Lavi and Diego Boneta have been cast as  the leads in … Read More »

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Film 44 Joins ‘Rockford Files’, Builds Slate

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey’s Film 44 is becoming a key player in NBC’s development plans for next season with 3 high-profile projects. Last week, the company took over NBC’ drama pilot Prime Suspect. Now I hear Berg and Aubrey are also coming on board NBC’ other big reboot, … Read More »

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