Deadline is reporting that Jennifer Finnigan (Monday Mornings) has signed on for a series regular role on FX drama pilot Tyrant. She’s set to play Molly, the strong and idealistic wife of Barry (Adam Rayner) and matriarch of the family the series will be following.
From Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, Tyrant tells the story of an American family who becomes drawn into the workings of a Middle Eastern nation. Should the pilot be picked up to series as expected, since a writer’s room has already been formed and scripts have been generated for some time, Six Feet Under‘s Craig Wright will act as showrunner for the first season. Tyrant is one of two high-profile drama pilots currently in contention at the network, with Guillermo del Toro’s vampire thriller The Strain being the other. Fortunately for both, FX is hungry for new programming after shipping several off to spin-off network FXX and it seems likely that each will receive an order for a 13-episode first season in the coming months.
In addition to her role on the TNT medical drama, Finnigan has appeared on the likes of Better with You, Close to Home, and Crossing Jordan, while winning three Daytime Emmy Awards for her time as Bridget Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful. She joins a cast that includes the likes of Noah Silver (The Borgias), Anne Winters (The Fosters), Mehdi Dehbi (The Other Son), Moran Atias (The Next Three Days), Justin Kirk (Weeds), Sibylla Deen (Home and Away), Jordana Spiro (My Boys), and Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty).
Production on Tyrant is set to begin later this year in Morocco.
Does Tyrant sound like something you would watch? Is Finnigan the type of actress who can carry a role like this? Who else would you like to see join the cast?