The trend of Fox bypassing the pilot stage and instead handing out straight-to-series orders this development cycle continues. The network has handed a 13 episode straight-to-series order to Hieroglyph, a new action-adventure drama set in Ancient Egypt which hails from Travis Beacham, Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Entertainment.
Created by Travis Beacham, Hierpglyph is set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwine. The series 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. 20th Century Fox Television and Chernin Entertainment are producing with Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Travis Beachman and Miguel Sapochnik serving as executive producers. Sapochnik is also attached to direct the premiere episode.
“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 Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment for Fox. “Travis Beacham has an inventive mind, and he has wrapped this all together in this intoxicating new drama.”
With this pick up, Hieroglyph is the latest project (and the fourth at Fox) to bypass the tradition pilot/series model and land a straight-to-series order. Other recent project this development cycle that have also scored straight-to-series orders include Gotham, the Untitled Tina Fey Comedy and Mulaney at Fox, while CBS has handed out orders to both Battle Creek and Extant.