"This season, dark forces unleashed, convicted criminal, entwined with a Pharaoh's tale."
The new trailer for Fox's upcoming drama Hieroglyph seems to aim for dark, violent and a little bit sexy, with a bit of magic and some fangs involved. It's not easy to pick apart the story from the preview alone, but the intended tone of the drama seems evident enough, as it seems like a number of ancient Egyptian characters are caught up in some kind of game-that's-not-a-game.
Thanks to Fox, we're all learning how to spell hieroglyph and Pharaoh correctly! I suppose anyone with a pre-existing interest in ancient Egypt would scoff at that statement, but I'm not above requiring spellcheck for this one. Hieroglyph comes from Travis Beacham, with Anna Fricke (of Syfy's recently cancelled Being Human) among the executive producers, along with Katherine Pope and Peter Chernin. Here's part of Fox's description for the series.
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”). 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.
The cast includes Max Brown, Caroline Ford, Reece Ritche, Condola Rashad, Kelsey Chow, Antony Bunsee and John Rhys Davies.
Hieroglyph looks like something a bit different from Fox's usual programming, but it could work. Part of me thinks -- with the teases of violence and racier content in the trailer -- that network TV might not be the best place for a series like this, but we'll have to wait and see how the pilot looks when the series premieres next year.
Fox has Hieroglyph set to debut in Midseason 2015. If we were to take a guess as to what night the series might air, we'd probably say Monday, once Sleepy Hollow wraps up. But that's just a guess. We'll have to wait and see what Fox decides when they roll out the Midseason schedule. In the meantime, check out the full Fox 2014-2015 lineup here.