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Fox Cancels "Hieroglyph" Before Airing

By Garth Franklin Tuesday July 1st 2014 09:27AM
Fox Cancels "Hieroglyph" Before Airing

Even before it has gone to air, Fox has cancelled its ambitious Egyptian action-adventure fantasy series "Hieroglyph".

Set in the world of ancient Egypt, the story follows a notorious thief (Max Brown) who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharaoh, forcing him to navigate palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and divine sorcerers, as he races to stop the downfall of one of history's greatest civilizations.

Back in the Fall, the network gave the expensive show a straight to series thirteen-episode order. After the first episode was filmed, things were put on hold as the writers began breaking scripts and stories for the rest of the season due to the quality not living up to expectation.

Filming on the remaining twelve episodes was expected to start later this year ahead of an early 2015 premiere. That's no longer the case, and this marks the third Fall 2014 series the network has cancelled pre-premiere following the comedy "Us & Them" and the animated comedy "Murder Police". This is more a sting though due to the budget and the fact it was ordered to series rather than just a pilot.

Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly was the main pusher behind the project, he was hoping for a sweeping period fantasy epic ala "Game of Thrones" for FOX. The cancellation comes one month after Reilly announced his departure after seven years.

Fox still has eight new series for the new season including "Gotham," "Backstrom," "Weird Loners," "Red Band Society," "Gracepoint," "Utopia," "Mulaney" and "Last Man on Earth."

Source: The Live Feed

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