In what might be one of the quickest cancellations ever, Fox is pulling the plug on "Hieroglyph," a drama set in ancient Egypt.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network decided not to make the series due to "creative reasons." "Hieroglyph" was greenlit just last month by former Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly, who reportedly envisioned it as Fox's version of "Game of Thrones."
Only the pilot had been shot; writers have been working on the other 12 episodes for a midseason premiere. But sources tell THR that the scripts were not at an acceptable quality level.
"Hieroglyph" starred Max Brown as a thief who stayed out of prison by serving the Pharaoh (Reece Ritchie) in navigating "navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers."
This isn't the first time Fox has canceled a show before it ever aired; the network yanked "Us & Them," a romantic comedy starring Alexis Bledel and Jason Ritter that had shot six episodes. Those episodes will never air, locked away in Fox's vault.
But Fox isn't doing away with all of Reilly's pick-ups. "Gotham," "Mulaney," "Backstrom," "Red Band Society," and its other freshman shows are all expected to debut this fall.
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