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.