Ancient Egyptian Shenanigans Run Amok in First Trailer for Fox’s Hieroglyph

Max Brown in Hieroglyph TV Series

This will either be a massive hit for Fox, or a one-season-and-done TV show. It looks pretty darn expensive and on network TV that means you either bring in the ratings or you’re destined for the sand dunes. (See what I did there? Cause the show is set in ancient Egypt, where there are lots of sand and such? Ahem.) It looks interesting, with lots of palace intrigue and sex. Or, well, as much sex as they can get away with for network TV, which probably means lots of fancy editing and conveniently placed bedsheets.

Check out the first trailer for “Hieroglyph,” starring a lot of people you’ve probably never heard of, though you might recall John Rhys-Davies from the “Lord of the Rings” movies. He was the short guy with the ax.

When a dangerous scroll, The Book of Thresholds, is stolen from Egypt’s most secure vault, master thief AMBROSE 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, 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, half-sister to the Pharaoh, whose relationship with Shai’s closest advisor, MAGISTER BEK, 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, 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, a peddler of mystical wares and Ambrose’s mentor. But he also comes face-to-face with foes both old and new, from RAWSER, the Pharaoh’s captain of the guard, who imprisoned him five years ago; to LOTUS TENRY, 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.

Starring Max Brown, Caroline Ford, Condola Rashad, Reece Ritchie, and the aforementioned John Rhys-Davies.

Head back to ancient Egypt on Fox this 2015.