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Fox showcasing three shows at MipTV

MUMBAI: At the on-going television trade event MipTV in Cannes, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution is showcasing three new series.

Among the offerings is Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff’s ‘Tyrant’, which follows an unassuming American family in a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Also available to international buyers is Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’, in which a mysterious viral outbreak spreads through New York, and ‘24: Live Another Day’, which marks the return of heroic Agent Jack Bauer, who brings his heart-stopping exploits to London.

‘Tyrant’ tells the story of an unassuming American family that is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Bassam “Barry” Al Fayeed (Adam Rayner), the youngest son of a war-torn country’s controversial dictator, returns to his homeland after a self-imposed 20-year exile in America for his nephew’s wedding. Upon his return, Barry is immediately thrown back into the familial and national politics of his youth. As he braces himself to confront the stark realities of his father and older brother Jamal’s (Ashraf Barhom) harsh rule, Barry is unable and unwilling to make his all-American family understand his unease over returning home.

In the US, ‘Tyrant’ is scheduled to premiere in summer 2014 on FX Network.

An outbreak of an ancient virus with vampire-like characteristics threatens New Yorkers in ‘The Strain’, the new series from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’.

‘The Strain’ tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, “Eph,” his team and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

In the US, ‘The Strain’ is scheduled to premiere in summer 2014 on FX Network.

‘24: Live Another Day’ sees the return of the drama. Kiefer Sutherland reprises his iconic role as agent Jack Bauer in the suspenseful series that’s set and shot in London. Four years ago, Jack was a fugitive from justice. Now in exile, he nevertheless is willing to risk his life and freedom to avert yet another global disaster.

Tracking Jack are CIA head Steve Navarro (Benjamin Bratt); CIA agent Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski), who is both resourceful and ruthless; Jordan Reed (Giles Matthey), a smart and sophisticated CIA computer tech; and Erik Ritter (Gbenga Akinnagbe), a sharp, strong and arrogant field operative.

Calling the shots is James Heller (William Devane), now President of the United States. Heller is flanked by his Chief of Staff Mark Boudreau (Tate Donovan), who is married to Heller’s daughter – Jack’s former flame, Audrey (Kim Raver). Meanwhile, a hardened Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), Bauer’s CTU confidante, is now working underground with high-profile hacker Adrian Cross (Michael Wincott).

The harrowing day will have Jack attempting to thwart an unthinkable terrorist attack that could change the world forever. In the U.S., ‘24: Live Another Day’ is scheduled to premiere 5 May 5 on Fox. In India, it will air on AXN.