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Fox Orders Ancient Egypt Drama 'Hieroglyph' Straight to Series

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Fox has offered a straight-to-series order to "Hieroglyph," a period drama from Travis Beacham.

Set in ancient Egypt where fantasy and reality intertwine, "Hieroglyph" 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.

Beacham penned the pilot for "Hieroglyph," which was almost ordered to pilot during the 2011-2012 development season. Fox has ordered 13 episodes of the project for the 2013-2014 season.

"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."

20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment will produce the series, with Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Beacham serving as exec producers on "Hieroglyph." Miguel Sapochnik will helm the first episode, and also exec produce.

"Hieroglyph" doesn't mark Fox's first series order during this development run. The net has handed a series order to an ensemble comedy from John Mulaney, and offered series commitments to projects including Batman-universe drama "Gotham" and a co-ed college comedy from Tina Fey.

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