FOX Cancels “Hieroglyph;” Midseason Series Won’t Move Forward

If a sexy, high-concept thriller set in Ancient Egypt was your cup of tea, your thirst will unfortunately not be quenched this midseason.

Sources confirmed Monday that FOX has pulled the plug on “Hieroglyph,” the historical fiction series that was set to bow at midseason.

While only the series premiere was shot, reports say scripts for future installments did not signal a compelling creative direction for the ambitious drama.

“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”),” said FOX of the series when it announced a pickup this past spring. “When a dangerous scroll, The Book of Thresholds, is stolen from Egypt’s most secure vault, master thief AMBROSE (Max Brown, “Beauty and the Beast,” “MI-5”) is plucked from prison to track down the perpetrator. Having spent the past five years in the darkest of pits, Ambrose quickly learns that his prison cell might be safer than the dangerous new world in which he finds himself: Atum, the empire’s capital. Ambrose must answer to Pharaoh SHAI KANAKHT (Reece Ritchie, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”), a god in the flesh, a young ruler with a cool charm and a violent, frightening temper. The question for Ambrose is not whether he can trust his new boss, but whether he can trust anyone.”

Now down a series set in ancient Egypt, FOX still has several dramas launching in the 2014-15 television season. “Gotham,” “Red Band Society” and “Gracepoint” are all due to bow in the fall, while “Backstrom,” “Empire” and event series “Wayward Pines” are slated to kick off at midseason.

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