FOX Cancels Ordered-to-Series Ancient Egypt Show Hieroglyph Before It Even Airs


It seems that with the recent departure of Kevin Reilly from the FOX team, a few of his pet projects are going with him. Reilly gave ancient Egypt drama Hieroglyph a 13-episode straight to series order, but now FOX has canceled the entire thing with only the pilot having been shot.

The show starred Max Brown, Reece Ritchie, Condola Rashad and John Rhys-Davies and was going to follow “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.” So not Moses, but sort of Moses. They really just should have made a live-action Prince of Egypt.

But according to the statement that comes with the cancellation, the show “wasn’t creatively coming together the way executives had hoped.” In other words, it was really, really bad. I mean, I feel like an ancient Egypt drama is a pretty niche endeavor. And with a time period like that, it can’t have been an inexpensive show to shoot given the sets, costumes and CGI required. Combine that with not being terribly good, and it’s no surprise FOX didn’t feel like making 13 full episodes of the thing before pulling the plus. But that makes you wonder why it was greenlit to series in the first place, and perhaps Kevin Reilly’s departure is starting to make a bit more sense.

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Paul Tassi is the Managing Editor of TVovermind and also manages the website He's contributed to major publications such as Forbes as well as BC Media Group properties.
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