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‘Hieroglyph’ Pilot Joins Fox Tradition of Aborted Takeoffs

1 July 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox’s “Hieroglyph” will never get a chance to decipher the riddle of success in primetime. And while pulling the plug on the show before it ever airs might sound surprising – all that research and money for this? – it joins a rather long if not necessarily distinguished roster of shows, particularly on Fox, which have shared a similar fate.

For a time, in fact, it was virtually an annual tradition that Fox would order at least one show that never saw the light of day, resulting in a sort of morbid death watch for each new rookie class. The roster – and my memory needed some help from to put it together – included such titles as “Hollyweird,” “Still Life,” “The Grubbs,” “The Ortegas,” “Rewind,” “Septuplets,” “Schimmel” and “Manchester Prep.” And that doesn’t even count the Frankenstein-like monstrosities concocted by former Fox reality guru Mike Darnell that weren’t allowed to escape the lab. »

- Brian Lowry

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