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FOX Cancels Hieroglyph Before Its Premiere

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One of the more interesting new shows FOX presented during their upfronts was the Egyptian-themed drama Hieroglyph. The forthcoming 2014-2015 television season doesn’t begin until September but we already have our first official casualty. FOX has canceled the show before even its premiere. The network did the exact same thing last year with Jason Ritter’s Us & Them.

Writers for the show were told the unfortunate news on Monday. The show starred Max Brown, Reece Ritchie, Condola Rashad and John Rhys-Davies. The mid-season drama was reportedly not creatively coming together the way executives had hoped. Check out the show’s trailer below released by FOX a couple months ago.

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. Also stalking the halls of the palace is NEFERTARI KANAKHT (Condola Rashad, “Smash,” “Steel Magnolias”), half-sister to the Pharaoh, whose relationship with Shai’s closest advisor, MAGISTER BEK (guest star Hal Ozsan, “90210”), masks her own designs for power. Finding few leads in the palace, Ambrose’s investigation takes him to the doorstep of his long-lost love, PESHET (Caroline Ford, “Lake Placid: The Final Chapter”), a magic-wielding adoratrice, a type of homespun priestess who uses her femininity as a portal to the gods…for the right price. Peshet was the keystone in Ambrose’s merry band of thieves, an impressionable youth with great knowledge of magic, a woman who never saw a lock for which she didn’t have an unlocking charm. Five years later, Peshet has left her old life behind in a pious pursuit of divine contact. Ambrose’s journey also leads him to old friends, such as VOCIFER (John Rhys-Davies, “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark”), a peddler of mystical wares and Ambrose’s mentor. But he also comes face-to-face with foes both old and new, from RAWSER (Antony Bunsee, “EastEnders,” “Sex and the City 2”), the Pharaoh’s captain of the guard, who imprisoned him five years ago; to LOTUS TENRY (Kelsey Chow, “One Tree Hill”), a palace concubine and spy for a rival kingdom. As Ambrose unravels the mystery of The Book of Thresholds, he begins to see the extent to which sorcery has seeped into the halls of power in ancient Egypt, and how close it is to causing this great civilization’s downfall.

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The Arsenio Hall Show Canceled (Again)

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Well that was a short-lived comeback. 19 years after his groundbreaking original show ended in 1994 after a five year run, Arsenio Hall finds himself in familiar territory.

Despite receiving a renewal earlier this year, The Arsenio Hall Show got the axe after one season. To be fair, the new incarnation wasn’t nearly as good as the original. Just like Ricki Lake, trying to recreate the magic is almost impossible. Her return to daytime also lasted one season.

“Unfortunately, The Arsenio Hall Show will not return for a second season; while there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue,” CBS Television Distribution said in a statement. “Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We’d also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show.”

Back in February, Jay Leno made a surprise appearance on Hall’s show to break news that Arsenio’s show had been renewed. This just weeks after Leno himself said farewell to The Tonight Show (for a second time). Poor Hall. Must suck to have producers reneged on an earlier commitment. Check out Arsenio’s reaction to his cancellation after the jump

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CBS Reveals The Fates For Their On-The-Bubble Shows

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CBS announces its new fall schedule on Wednesday, May 14 but revealed the fates for a handful of shows that hadn’t been renewed or canceled yet. Most of the on-the-bubble shows received bad news with exception to The Mentalist which received a seventh season. With the series-long Red John arc resolved during this season, I fully expected the Simon Baker drama to end. I guess I was wrong. Find out the casualties below.

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Ever since Community premiered it has been an on-the-bubble show. Today, the bubble finally popped. NBC canceled the low-rated sitcom after five season. Growing Up Fisher also received the bad news. The midseason show got the heave-ho as well.

Revolution which started out strong last year, saw its viewership decline majorly without its cushy Voice lead-in. After two seasons, the peacock network pulled the plug on the apocalyptic drama series. While I enjoyed the first season, I stopped watching after two episodes of its sophomore run.

This season hasn’t been kind to J.J. Abrams. In addition to losing Revolution, NBC canceled his two other produced shows on the network. Both Crisis and Believe also received the ax. His offering on FOX, Almost Human, was also nixed weeks ago. Only Person of Interest on CBS remains (for now).

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In February, The CW gave early renewals for their best-performing shows. Arrow, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Reign all received another season. With upfronts just around the corner, the network is cleaning house. Find out which shows were canceled and were saved from the chopping block below.

But first, let’s briefly cover the four new shows the CW picked up. iZombie, Jane The Virgin, The Messengers and The Flash all received series orders. The latter isn’t surprising given all the hype and plot tie-ins to Arrow. Another potential spinoff, however, was nixed. Bloodlines which aired a backdoor pilot on a recent episode of Supernatural wasn’t picked up. More info about these shows will be released when The CW makes its formal presentation next week at the upfronts.

Without further ado, find out the statuses of your favorite CW shows below.

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FOX Cancels Four Shows

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With upfronts just around the corner, the broadcast networks are using this week to do a little Spring cleaning before the unveiling of their Fall schedules.

Over at FOX it wasn’t a good day if you were a comedy. The network officially gave walking papers to four sitcoms. Rake which marked Greg Kinnear’s first regular TV role was among the bunch. Find out the other three shows below.

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NBC Shuts Down Production For Sean Saves The World

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Not only did Sean Hayes not save the world, but he did squat for Thursday nights on NBC. The peacock network has yanked the sitcom from its schedule and halted production. Definitely not a surprise given its anemic ratings and the fact none of the comedy’s cast members were present at the Television Critics Tour earlier this month.

While Sean Saves The World sucked majorly, I’m a little bummed NBC canceled it now. Though it makes perfect sense given the upcoming Winter Olympics are coming and why use that valuable opportunity to promote a dead show walking. NBC requested 18 episodes but have only aired 13 and have a 14th unaired finished one in the wings.

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It was only a matter of time and now it’s official. Katie Couric’s foray into daytime talk television is officially over. Disney-ABC announced in a joint statement that the current second season of Katie will be its last. Not too surprising, given that she already has another job with Yahoo! lined up. Starting in early 2014, she’ll be one of their global anchors.

“While production will continue on Katie through June 2014, we’ve mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show,” ABC and Couric said in a joint statement. “We’re very proud of everyone’s contributions to making Katie the #1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season.”

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