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Fox dumps high-profile 'Heiroglyph' before it airs

Fox Dumps High-Profile 'Hieroglyph' Before It Airs

Fox is putting its ancient Egypt fantasy drama "Heiroglyph" in the tomb - before it airs a single episode.

The network ordered the high-concept action adventure straight to series for a mid-season premiere in 2015. But the net pulled the plug on it Monday, citing "creative" problems. (Via Fox/ "Heiroglyph")

It's the same reason Fox gave for shelving the Alexis Bledel / Jason Ritter comedy "Us & Them" last season. The network was reportedly disappointed in the series' six completed episodes, so we'll never get to see them.

And the same is true for Fox's 2013 animated comedy "Murder Police," which starred Jane Lynch. TV Guide reports, like the other shows, Fox was not happy with early cuts of the show.

Clearly, the move is not totally unheard of for Fox, and it's not for other networks either.

NBC dropped the Dane Cook sitcom "Next Caller" last season before it got to the small screen.

And CBS quietly cancelled its Groupon-themed show "Friend Me" in 2012. (Via TV Series Finale)

But "Hieroglyph's" cancellation is somewhat shocking, because Fox billed it as the network's attempt at a sweeping epic along the lines of "Game of Thrones."

And Entertainment Weekly notes, most of the time it's relatively inexpensive sitcoms or reality shows that get dropped, not pricey dramas, "which tend to have more momentum given the commitments involved."

The "Hieroglyph" play is seen as less embarrassing for the network than airing a disappointing show to disappointing ratings.

‚ÄčAnd having to cancel it after just one episode, like ABC did with the Heather Graham sitcom "Emily's Reasons Why Not" in 2006.

Or CBS' laughable 2008 reality competition "Secret Talents of the Stars."

The "Hieroglyph" cancellation comes just weeks after Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly – who ordered the series – announced he was leaving the network. (Via The New York Times)

Maybe Fox wasn't as sold on Reilly's so-called "passion project." (Via TV Week)

Still, The Hollywood Reporter says, "The timing of Hieroglyph's fate is particularly surprising as Reilly's replacement has yet to be named." So, everything at Fox is kind of up in the air.

But Variety reports Fox isn't giving up on the non-traditional, anti-pilot season model Reilly developed during his tenure.

"Hieroglyph" only shot one of its ordered 13 episodes. It remains to be seen if that episode will ever see the light of day.

There is hope. Premium YouTube channel WIGS recently debuted the Emma Roberts-led "Delirium," a pilot Fox didn't pick up last year.

So there might be a life after death online for "Hieroglyph."

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mary July 01 2014 at 7:29 PM

Well there is a lot of bad t.v.. ON NOW! Reality shows are a joke. Game shows are a change, but no one has come out with anything entertaining.like deal or no deal...so many young minds out there. Let's get the imaginations going

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Craig mary July 02 2014 at 3:08 PM

Imagination? Are you kidding? The number of zombies who walk around locked to their hand held devices don't have an imagination. If you want entertainment take a good nap.

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patriot1too July 02 2014 at 6:06 AM

TV is no more then filth these days, fake reality shows by the hundreds, so called comedy shows that are no more then snarky gender confused hurling insults at each other while a laugh track goes off. We must return to wholesome moral shows with strong moral family values and dump this awful filth.

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Tom patriot1too July 02 2014 at 11:38 AM

I've been watching more and more of those old 60's sitcoms. Clean everyday situation humor. It's a nice change.

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geocur3971 patriot1too July 02 2014 at 12:13 PM

Yeah, but WHOSE MORALS? Yours or most of the rest of the world's?

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dgoffnspector geocur3971 July 02 2014 at 5:09 PM

He's a "patriot". The rest of the world's opinion doesn't matter, only that of an infinitesimal sliver of it that agrees with him.

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geocur3971 July 02 2014 at 12:11 PM

Wha'sa matter FOX, the 'Egypt' thing come too close to disproving ya'll's ancient WHITE SUPERIORITY myth?

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bigred8690 July 02 2014 at 1:21 AM

How about a modern-day version of Hogan's Heroes except this one would have Bradley/Chelsea Manning, Bowe Bergdahl, that Muslim deserter Marine, all cooped up at Fort Leavenworth?

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savannahswithgod bigred8690 July 02 2014 at 7:54 AM

We'll do it on one condition, Katy Perry as Sgt, Shultz with the line " I have nothing on"!

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R bigred8690 July 03 2014 at 1:37 AM

Good idea. Maybe they can put Obama behind bars for being an American traitor.

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tsr5112 July 01 2014 at 7:46 PM

Creative problems. Translation:We can't make up anything more fantastic and awe inspiring drivel than our news. It's hard enough toi get our viewers to believe that so as it is.

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Denny July 02 2014 at 7:43 AM

Now all they have to do is dump Fox and Fiends!

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Scooter July 02 2014 at 11:50 AM

I'm sure HBO or Showtime will pick it up and add some nakedness...

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R July 03 2014 at 1:44 AM

Game of Thrones? Never watched that show. I bought HBO so that I could see movies; newer movies - 1 or 2 years old. Or older movies with big name stars. Is that what I'm getting for my $$$$$. No! Not only don't HBO subscribers not get those 1 or 2 year old movies. We no longer get any big-name star movies. There'll be one occasionally, not very often. I check programming on other channels: Encore, Showtime, Cinemax, etc. and they have those movies, but HBO subscribers get them. Why? Because HBO is using HBO Subscriber's $$$$$ to fund their over-abundance of HBO series. I have a group of friends, HBO subscribers - and they all want HBO to start showing the movies that HBO told us they'd have. HBO's nothing more than a shady, crooked used car dealer. Sorry about this, the reference to Game of Thrones got me going!

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HAT1701D R July 03 2014 at 3:54 AM

True....but then again, you can always rent those older movies on DVD or Blue Ray, usually for a couple of dollars by having a card to a local movie rental place. That OR as I do, the ones I really like I do buy when they are on sale or if they go into boxed sets for low dollars ( as all the original Trek movies are now ) for relatively low dollars.

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Bulma July 02 2014 at 11:19 AM

Let me guess another period drama where everyone has sex with everything... *yawn*

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R July 03 2014 at 1:35 AM

Is there anyone out there that can come up with any original ideas. Almost everything on TV is cookie-cutter. No originality. You see one show and it's the same as every other show. Only difference is the cast. Hope Alexis Bledel and Jason Ritter get another opportunity.

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HAT1701D R July 03 2014 at 3:51 AM

How about watching Defiance or Continuum?....There are shows out there that don't fit into the norm that few even discuss outside the "big shows" ( as I call them ) but have a huge following and are well written with great characters and a great story arc.

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