Surprise! M. Night Shyamalan's creepy new show Wayward Pines actually looks downright watchable in this first three-minute promo. Mostly because of the incredible cast. And below, watch the first short promo for Hieroglyph, Fox's Egyptian mythology show.
We've been comparing Wayward Pines to Twin Peaks, because of the obvious similarities — but the above promo makes it look a lot more like The Prisoner. Matt Dillon's special agent gets trapped in a perfect little town where they try to warp your mind, and you can never, ever leave. As long as Shyamalan has some collaborators who help keep his obsession with twists and crazy mythos in check, this could actually be super fun. Here's the description:
Based on a best-selling novel and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense"), WAYWARD PINES is an intense, mind-bending 10-episode thriller starring Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon ("Crash") as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID. Every step closer to the truth makes him question if he will ever get out of Wayward Pines alive. The all-star cast also includes Academy and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo ("The Fighter"), Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard ("Crash," "Hustle & Flow"), Carla Gugino ("Entourage"), Shannyn Sossamon ("How to Make It in America"), Toby Jones (the "Harry Potter" franchise) and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis ("Cape Fear").
And here's the trailer for Hieroglyph, the Egyptsploitation show:
The main impression I get from this video is that Hieroglyph is going to be sexay. There's a lot of nudity and humping and orgasmic ladies sprouting fangs crammed into one pretty short video. And there will be a lot of John Rhys-Davies intoning stuff, which is all I really need from a TV show. It doesn't look quite as whitewashed as I'd been fearing.
Here's the official description:
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. HIEROGLYPH is produced by Chernin Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created and written by Travis Beacham. The series is executive-produced by Beacham, Peter Chernin (NEW GIRL, "Touch"), Katherine Pope (NEW GIRL, "Touch") and Anna Fricke ("Being Human," "Men in Trees"). Miguel Sapochnik ("Mind Games," "Repo Men") also serves as an executive producer and directed the pilot.
Both of these shows premiere in 2015. Wayward Pines is just a 10-episode miniseries.