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Fox Cancels Ancient Egypt Drama ‘Hieroglyph’

By | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 7:27pm PDT

Fox Cancels Ancient Egypt Drama ‘Hieroglyph’Fox said tonight that it is not moving forward with the midseason action-adventure drama it ordered in October. The network picked up the project straight to series so it could spend pilot money across multiple episodes but subsequent scripts and stories weren’t coming together as hoped. Written by Travis Beacham and originally developed several seasons ago, Hieroglyph centered a notorious thief (Max Brown) who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Reece Ritchie), navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. Anna Fricke was tapped as showrunner in March, whenFOX she signed an overall deal with 20th, which produced the show with Chernin Entertainment. A trailer for the series was played at Fox’s upfront presentation in May to mixed reaction, triggering speculation that the network may shelve the project. Kelsey Chow, Condola Rashad, John Rhys-Davies, Caroline Ford and Antony Bunsee co-starred. Beacham also was an exec producer along with Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Miguel Sapochnik, who also directed the pilot. “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,” then-Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly said when the series was greenlighted. Beacham’s fantastical action-adventure spec narrowly missed a Fox pilot order during the 2011-12 season.

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Anna Fricke Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV, Joins ‘Hieroglyph’ As Showrunner

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

frickeAnna Fricke has closed a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the pact, she is joining the studio’s straight-to-series adventure drama Hieroglyph and will also develop new projects. “Anna’s a spectacular writer and showrunner who can literally do it all – from big genre shows like Being Human to more intimate character pieces like Men In Trees—and we are thrilled to be in business with her exclusively,” said 20th TV chairman Gary Newman. Fricke, repped by UTA and Patti Felker, is coming off Syfy’s Being Human. She developed the adaptation of the British series with her husband, Jeremy Carver, and ran the Syfy drama for the past five years. Her previous credits include ABC’s Men In Trees and the WB’s Everwood.

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Max Brown To Topline Fox Adventure Drama Series ‘Hieroglyph’

By | Friday February 28, 2014 @ 11:03am PST
Nellie Andreeva

maxbrown1EXCLUSIVE: After a long, long search and multiple rounds of testing, British actor Max Brown has been cast as the lead in Fox‘s 13-episode action-adventure drama series Hieroglyph, from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment. Set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwined, it follows Ambrose (Brown), a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Reece Ritchie), navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. Brown, repped by UTA, Luber Roklin Entertainment and UK’s United Agents, most recently co-starred on the first season of the CW drama, Beauty And The Beast as medical examiner Evan Marks. He previously starred on Showtime/BBC’s The Tudors and BBC’s Spooks (aka MI-5).

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John Rhys-Davies Joins Fox Series ‘Hieroglyph’, Allyn Rachel In ABC’s ‘Selfie’

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 7:10pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

daviesJohn Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings franchise) has been cast as a regular in Fox‘s 13-episode series Hieroglyph, from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment. Set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwined, it follows Ambrose, a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Reece Ritchie), navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. Rhys-Davies, repped by Jeff Goldberg Management and Louisa Spring Management, will play Vocifer, Ambrose’s one-time mentor who was a dashing thief back in his day.

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allyn-rachelAllyn Rachel has been cast in ABC/Warner Bros TV single-camera comedy pilot Selfie, written by Emily Kapnek and directed by Julie Anne Robinson. It centers on Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a self-obsessed, twentysomething who is more concerned with “likes” than being liked. Rachel will play Eliza’s adorable neighbor, who is her opposite: a hipster girl’s girl and member of a devoted book club. Rachel, who also is a writer, is coming off a script development deal at Uni TV this past season. She is with CAA, Truhett-Garcia Management and attorney Lev Ginsburg.

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‘Nikita’ Writer/Producer Albert Kim In Overall Deal With 20th TV, Joins ‘Sleepy Hollow’

By | Wednesday February 19, 2014 @ 3:56pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

kimFormer Nikita co-executive producer Albert Kim has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. The pact, which has an option for a third year, marks Kim’s first overall deal. Under the agreement, Kim will work on 20th TV’s upcoming Fox adventure series Hieroglyph and will later join the second season of the studio’s breakout Fox drama Sleepy Hollow as a co-executive producer. He also will develop. “This was highly sought after,” said 20th president of creative affairs Johnny Davis of the deal. “We build shows around a voice, and Albert has a very specific voice; his writing is compelling and an adrenaline rush.”

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Caroline Ford & Antony Bunsee Join ‘Hieroglyph’; Olivia Williams In ‘Manhattan’

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 1:54pm PST

Caroline Ford and Antony Bunseeford1a__140218194706-150x150antony1__140218195441-150x150 have joined the cast of Fox’s 13-episode series Hieroglyph from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment. Set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwined, it follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Reece Ritchie), navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. Ford, repped by repped by ICM Partners, Luber/Roklin, Jackoway Tyerman and UK’s United Agents, will play Peshet, a member of the thief’s crew. Bunsee, repped by UK’s Robert Kelly Associates and attorney Lev Ginsburg, will play Rawser, Captain of the Pharoah’s Guard. Read More »

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Fox Adds Kendrick Sampson To ‘Gracepoint’, Kelsey Chow To ‘Hieroglyph’

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 6:16pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

iversonKendrick Sampson has been cast in Fox’s 10-hour event series Gracepoint, a remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. The project, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder of 11-year-old Danny that puts a small town under scrutiny. Sampson, repped by Abrams Artists and Management 360, will play Dean Iverson, who works shifts oystering, busing tables at his uncle’s restaurant and saving money with the hopes of going to community college. He is dating Chloe to the disapproval of her parents, Mark (Michael Pena) and Beth (Virginia Kull). Read More »

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Condola Rashad To Co-Star On Fox Drama Series ‘Hieroglyph’

By | Saturday January 11, 2014 @ 2:38pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

rashadcondolaEXCLUSIVE: Condola Rashad, coming off her starring turn opposite Orlando Bloom in Romeo and Juliet on Broadway, has been tapped to co-star in Fox‘s 13-episode series Hieroglyph. Produced by 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment, Hieroglyph, which is eyed for next season, is set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwined. It follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Reece Ritchie), navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. Rashad, repped by Harden Curtis and Assoc. and Brookside Artist Management, will play Nefertari, the  Pharaoh’s half-sister with a rare beauty that intimidates even the strongest of suitors… and she knows it. Executive producing are creator Travis Beacham, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Miguel Sapochnik, who will direct the premiere episode. Rashad is one of the hottest young Broadway actresses with back to back Tony nominations for Stick Fly in 2012 and The Trip To Bountiful in 2013. She just completed a successful run playing Juliet opposite Bloom’s Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. On TV, she starred in Lifetime’s highly rated Steel Magnolias remake and recurred on NBC’s Smash.

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Reece Ritchie Joins Fox Series ‘Hieroglyph’

By | Friday December 20, 2013 @ 11:51am PST
Nellie Andreeva

reeceritchieEXCLUSIVE: Coming off a starring turn opposite Dwayne Johnson in MGM’s upcoming feature Hercules, British actor Reece Ritchie is making his first foray into American television with a starring role in another action-adventure project, Fox‘s 13-episode series Hieroglyph. Produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment, Hieroglyph, which is eyed for next season, is set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwined. It follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Ritchie), navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. Ritchie’s Shai is the young, handsome Pharaoh who rules with an iron fist and fully trusts no one. He is obsessed with maintaining power over his kingdom, which he’ll do by any means necessary. Executive producing the project are creator Travis Beacham, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Miguel Sapochnik, who will direct the premiere episode.

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Fox Gives 13-Episode Series Order To Ancient Egypt Drama ‘Hieroglyph’ From Travis Beacham & Chernin Entertainment

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 3:25pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A day after 6-year-old pilot Babylon Fields came back to life with a pilot order at NBC, another old drama project is making a comeback. During the 2011-12 development season, Travis Beacham‘s fantastical action-adventure spec Hieroglyph narrowly missed the cut for a pilot order at Fox. Two years later, it did one better — landing a straight-to-series 13-episode order.

Produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment, Hieroglyph, which is eyed for next season, is set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwined. It follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. Executive producing the project are Beacham, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Miguel Sapochnik (Fringe), who will direct the premiere episode. Filming is scheduled to begin in early 2014. “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,” said Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly. “Travis Beacham has an inventive mind, and he has wrapped this all together in this intoxicating new drama.” Read More »

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