TV News: Tyrant, CW, Cards, Greenlight

FX’s big-budget Middle Eastern drama “Tyrant” premiered to decent numbers last night. 2.1 million viewers tuned in for the premiere which ultimately had a 3.46 million total viewership for the night.

That’s 20% less than the “Fargo” pilot had, but the series doesn’t have that show’s in-built reputation or star power. Most promising, the show retained 99% of its 18-49 viewership from the first half hour to the show’s last 22 minutes – a good sign they liked what they saw. [Source: Deadline]

The CW
The CW have announced their Fall premiere dates which are being staggered throughout October. The new season and series premiere dates are:

Thursday October 2nd: “The Vampire Diaries,” “Reign”
Monday October 6th: “The Originals”
Tuesday October 7th: “The Flash, “Supernatural”
Wednesday October 8th: “Arrow”
Monday October 13th: “Jane the Virgin”
Friday October 17th: “America’s Next Top Model”
Wednesday October 22nd: “The 100”

House of Cards
Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (“In Darkness,” “The Killing,” “The Wire”) has signed on to direct two mid-season episodes of the third season of Netflix’s political drama “House of Cards”

Holland had many of the same concerns of critics about last season: “Season two took the characters so far out in terms of behavior, I’m curious to see where they will go with the next one (season)”. [Source: THR]

Project Greenlight
Back in April, HBO announced that they are re-teaming with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon for Season 4 of Project Greenlight, where a first-time filmmaker will be given the chance to direct a Hollywood studio movie. Today,

HBO has launched the official website for the return of “Project Greenlight” including an introductory message from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Aspiring directors can submit their short films into the competition at between July 24th and August 8th. All videos must be under three minutes in length.