Fox Cancels HIEROGLYPH Before It Ever Airs

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Last October, Fox ordered the adventure series Hieroglyph straight to series with 13 episodes.  This was an unusual move for a broadcast network with an unknown property.  It was part of former Fox Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly‘s plan to move Fox away from the traditional pilot season model.  Reilly’s pitch for Hieroglyph:

“We wanted to do a show about deceit, sex, intrigue in the court and fantastical goings-on—no better place to set that than ancient Egypt.”

As “former” implies, Reilly resigned last month after upfront week.  It remains to be seen if Fox will return to the pilot season model in Reilly’s absence, but the network clearly was not happy with the results of this particular experiment.  Fox has cancelled Hieroglyph before it had a chance to reach its midseason premiere.  More after the jump.

THR reports Hieroglyph is not moving forward due to “creative reasons.”  Only the first episode had been filmed.  The writers were in the process of breaking out the rest of the season under the direction of creator Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim) and showrunner Anna Fricke (Being Human).  Production was scheduled to begin on the other 12 episodes later this year for an early 2015 premiere.  However, the scripts were not coming together as Fox hoped, so the network cut bait before they invested too much in the project.

Here’s the trailer, so you can see what you are missing:

Official synopsis:

The world of ancient Egypt – a time of magic, Pharaohs, gods and thieves – lives again in HIEROGLYPH, an exciting action-adventure series from creator/executive producer Travis Beacham (“Pacific Rim,” “Clash of the Titans”). The epic fantasy follows a notorious thief 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.

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  • Charlie Maib

    Everybody wants to be Rome, don’t they?

    Why don’t they just bring that back. Problem fixed.

  • brNdon

    Haha. Thank God. This show looked terrible. Fox is the worst.

  • Leo Spaceman

    Looked like a rip off of Game of Thrones with out the boobs

  • 80sRobot

    This is a record for FOX — they’ve now cancelled a series before they ever aired it!

  • The Flobbit

    “We wanted to do a show about deceit, sex, intrigue in the court” So, not at all like Rome, The Tudors, Game of Thrones, or House of Cards?

  • Leroy

    Great. Travis Beacham is one of the worst hacks in this town Just take a look at the script of Pacific Rim. It seems like the wet dream of a fanboy without talent. It must have been written in a weekend.

    • John

      His spec script “Killing on Carnival Row” was excellent.

    • HORSEFLESH

      You need talent for wet dreams?

    • The Flobbit

      People keep on using that phrase “written in a weekend”, when they don’t realize that some of the greatest screenplays of all time were actually written over the weekend.

      Secondly, Travis Beachem is a veritable Woody Allen or Lawrence Kasdan when it comes to Lindelof, Kurtzman, Orci, and Bay…

      • Strong Enough

        what great scripts were written over the weekend?

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        Godard’s Breathless didn’t have a screenplay. Just his notes every morning to Seberg and Belmondo which they went over during morning coffee to improvise.

        Fellini didn’t use screenplay at all.

      • The Flobbit

        And there you go. Malick doesn’t use screenplays. Soderbergh had some films that were mostly improv.

  • appolox

    Based on Fox’s track record of unreasonable rating demands (*coughFireflycough*) I’m shocked that shows like Hannibal are still around. I thought that since that is still airing, maybe they got their crap together. After hearing this. Guess not.

  • appolox

    Based on Fox’s track record of unreasonable rating demands (*coughFireflycough*) I’m shocked that shows like Hannibal are still around. I thought that since that is still airing, maybe they got their crap together. After hearing this. Guess not.

    • Doug

      Hannibal is on NBC, a network that is way more forgiving because they have lower ratings in general.

      • appolox

        Yeah i realized that after posting. Felt like an idiot. Lol

    • Doug

      Hannibal is on NBC, a network that is way more forgiving because they have lower ratings in general.

    • Grayden

      Eh, ‘Hannibal’, from what I understand, is on par as far as violence goes, with ‘The Following’. Though, Hannibal seems to have far better writing. Here’s the thing, Fox isn’t the same as it was a decade ago. I’m a huge ‘Firefly’ fan, but it’s time to move on from Fox’s past decisions, however stupid they were. Also, there are a number of shows that don’t have great ratings, and nothing with ‘Idol’ ratings either.

  • Christian

    In addition, Fox has taken the two-part preemptive approach of moving all future Joss Whedon shows to Fridays at 9pm and then cancelling them.

  • Christian

    In addition, Fox has taken the two-part preemptive approach of moving all future Joss Whedon shows to Fridays at 9pm and then cancelling them.

  • DEADP00L

    This wasn’t even on my list of last on my list shows.

    • WAldenIV

      Go home, Deadpool, you’re drunk.

      • DEADP00L

        Yeah that NEVER happens.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        You being drunk or you going home?

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        Being drunk while going home

      • DEADP00L

        hahahahaaaaa!!!

      • DEADP00L

        Yeah that NEVER happens.

    • WAldenIV

      Go home, Deadpool, you’re drunk.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    they think that Ancient times + sex = hit

    • DEADP00L

      They mistook the US Congress for an ancient civilization – it happens all the time.

  • http://www.discogs.com/ AdamShitwood

    This is hilarious. THEY RAN AN AD FOR IT YESTERDAY DURING 24!!!

    now if they’d only cancel New Girl

  • poop

    Man, those are some white Egyptians

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  • milo

    From the trailer, looks like the only thing I would miss would be John Rhys-Davies.

  • Strong Enough

    looks like Travis is going to have all the time in the world to write that Pacific rim sequel now lol

  • Charlie Maib

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