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7 potentially awesome shows canceled before they premiered

You know how sometimes you go to Chipotle and you’re midway through having the guy build your burrito—then you realize you’ve made a terrible mistake? Maybe you should have gone for the chicken instead of the beef, or a wheat tortilla instead of white, or perhaps you finally decide you don’t even like Chipotle in the first place. This also happens to TV executives when ordering shows.

Sometimes, even after slogging through months of development, script revisions, a pilot order, a series order, and even announcing a premiere date, executives will still stop and go: Wait, we don’t really want to air that, do we? Except instead of regretting an $8 burrito, such reversals cost millions, hugely affect the careers of dozens of people, and deny viewers a project they were publicly led to believe they’d eventually get to watch.

That’s what happened yesterday, when Fox axed its Egyptian drama series Hieroglyph (which had been scheduled to premiere at midseason). In honor of those dead pharaohs, below we present Hieroglyph and six more examples of promising-sounding shows that were officially greenlit but axed before they premiered (not to be confused with mere pilots that are routinely not ordered to series). We’re not saying these shows would have been good — most likely they were executed poorly and tested terribly, or they almost certainly would have made it onto the air. (After all, enough truly bad shows get on the schedule.) Yet on paper, at least, each could have been something great: READ FULL STORY

'Fifty Shades of Grey' star joins Kevin Williamson's CBS drama pilot

Fifty Shades of Grey star Victor Rasuk has been cast as a series regular in the untitled Kevin Williamson stalker/crime drama pilot for CBS.

Rasuk will play Ben, described as a loyal but not entirely trustworthy detective with the Threat Assessment Unit, who “tries too hard with the ladies — but not hard enough with everyone else.” The one-hour untitled project is dubbed a psychological thriller centered on detectives in the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD, a.k.a. the Stalkers Unit.

Rasuk joins previously announced castmembers Maggie Q (Nikita),  Dylan McDermott (Hostages), and Mariana Klaveno (Devious Maids).

He will next be seen in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie as Christian Grey’s romantic rival José Rodriguez, as well as in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla out May 16. Other credits include a role on How to Make It in America and the independent film Raising Victor Vargas.

The addition of Rasuk completes series regular casting on the project.

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