TVLine Items: Tyrant Season 2 Trailer, David Fincher's HBO Series and More

Tyrant Season 2

Blood is thicker than water, the old saying goes. But FX’s Tyrant would like to tweak that adage to something much more ominous: “Blood guarantees nothing.”

The cabler has released a trailer for Season 2 of its political drama, starring Adam Rayner as the son of a Middle Eastern ruler who reluctantly returns to his home country amid chaos.

Press PLAY below for a preview of the sophomore season, in which Rayner’s Bassam must suffer the consequences of planning a coup against his brother.

Tyrant returns Tuesday, June 16, at 10/9c.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* HBO has ordered to series Living On Video, a period comedy from David Fincher (The Social Network, Gone Girl), Deadline reports. The project stars Charlie Rowe (Red Band Society) as Robby, a college dropout who lands a job in the exploding music video industry of 1983 Los Angeles.

* A bevy of guest stars has joined Undateable‘s live episode, which will air Tuesday at 9 pm on NBC. The lineup includes Scrubs alumni Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn and Christa Miller; Kate Walsh (Private Practice); Dr. Drew Pinsky and a “super popular Grammy Award-nominated musician.” (Any guesses?)

* Nathaniel Buzolic (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals) has joined the cast of Significant Mother, The CW’s upcoming comedy about a restauranteur (Josh Zuckerman, 90210) who learns his best friend is dating his newly separated mother. Per, Buzolic will play said best friend, Jimmy Barnes, who is described as “a carefree optimist who leads with his heart.”

* The PBS comedy Vicious, starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, will return for Season 2 on Sunday, Aug. 23, at 10:30/9:30c.

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  1. That moment when a show set in 1983 becomes a “period” series o.O

  2. Steven says:

    I can’t wait for the return of Vicious. That show is hilarious!

  3. HAP says:

    I cannot wait for the live one hour Undateable.

  4. Eric says:

    The Scrubs reunion on Undateable has me super excited. Also glad to see that, in the wake of Red Band Society’s cancellation, Charlie Rowe not only got another job but he’s working with David Fincher on HBO. That’s gonna be good, without a doubt.

  5. Joe says:

    Can’t wait for Tyrant to return!

  6. James D says:

    loved the first season of Tyrant. the second looks to be even better can’ wait to see it. Um??? since when does 1983 become a period piece. I now feel ancient, thanks guys :)

  7. H says:

    The show where a blue eyed British man plays an Arab, and even his name is shortened to Barry to sound less Arabic. The ultimate whitewashed fantasy.

  8. Mr. Tran K says:

    In my opinion Tyrant is like a Homeland-esque series. Don’t know if the upcoming season is going to be better than the first season.

  9. Joey Padron says:

    happy Charlie’s new show got pickup. happy about Scrubs reunion on Undateable’s live episode!

  10. Tom says:

    Sad Briga Heelan likely won’t be in the Undateable Live episode. She rocks.

  11. Stern des Südens says:

    I guess now I’ll be watching Significant Mother. It doesn’t sound very good, but I’ll watch Nathaniel Buzolic in anything. Will this interfere with his ability to return to The Originals? I’m really hoping that they resurrect Kol and hopefully make him a series regular next year. Whether played by Buzolic or Daniel Sharman, Kol has always been one of my favorites.

  12. The musician is almost guaranteed to be Cee-Lo, who joins Christa in the list of guests on that show whose own shows didn’t even get high enough ratings to last very long on Turner networks. (Tonight’s “Castle” didn’t hit the easy truth that “SNL” should never have made it to 40 & “Scrubs” ran 1 season too long, but NBC is still going to use its cast to milk every ratings point it can out of all its other minor-league-quality crap.)

  13. ngirl says:

    Why can’t I stop watching this trailer? OMG, Bassam/Barry is my ultimate. I can’t wait to see him this season.