In an uncommon but unexpected move, FOX has decided that it will be passing on “Hieroglyph,” a TV drama that takes place in ancient Egypt. The network has originally ordered 13 episodes for this series and, in fact, FOX started to promote it, before pulling the plug. It was supposed to be part of FOX’s midseason roster. Read on to learn more about this news story.
As reported on Entertainment Weekly, writers of “Hieroglyph” were told on June 30, 2014 that the series would no longer move forward. With only one episode written and filmed, the report said that the show has not been taking shape the way FOX’s executives expected. With such a high concept, production for the series is expectedly expensive.
The decision to scrap the show also comes after the departure of Kevin Reilly, who used to be the programming chief of the network. Reilly, who resigned in May 2014, was the executive who greenlit the drama and ordered it to go straight to series.
“Hieroglyph,” which was to debut in 2015, stars Max Brown (“Beauty and the Beast”) as Ambrose, a prisoner who is sent by the pharaoh on a special task to track down a perpetrator. But Ambrose soon learns that being in prison is a better alternative than having to deal with what is going on outside, where he is surrounded by sorcerers, criminals and traitors. Ambrose trusts his pharaoh but doesn’t trust everyone else.
Also included in the cast are Reece Ritchie (“Prince of Persia: Sands of Time”), Condola Rashad (“Smash”) and John Rhys-Davis (“Lord of the Rings”). The series is written and created by Travis Beacham (“Pacific Rim”) and is produced by Chernin Entertainment with 20th Century FOX Television.
And there you have it about the scoop on the cancelation of “Hieroglyph,” an ambitious and expensive TV drama that was supposed to air on FOX.
Will it be find a new network or platform, or is the show gone for good?
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