Ahoy there viewers. That’s the message NBC’s new drama Crossbones is trying to get across. The pirate drama follows the legendary outlaw Blackbeard and the world of characters around him. Crossbones is attempting to fill some big shoes by taking over the Hannibal time slot, but the show has a secret weapon in star John Malkovich. Malkovich, like James Spader on The Blacklist, could read the phone book and make it interesting, so the chance to watch him stalk the deck of a galleon is very enticing. The casting of Malkovich was enough to get the show on our list of Must See TV for Summer 2014.
Here’s the complete description of the show from NBC.
It’s 1729. On the secret island of Santa Compana, Edward Teach, better known as the barbarous pirate Blackbeard (Emmy winner John Malkovich, “Death of a Salesman,” “Red”), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreants. Part shantytown, part utopia, part marauder’s paradise, this is a place like no other.
Blackbeard has designs on the longitude chronometer, an invention that will change the world. During a massive attack on an English vessel, his most trusted pirates attempt to steal the device. But on board is Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle, “Covert Affairs”), an English spy working undercover as ship’s surgeon. Lowe’s mission is to prevent the chronometer from falling into the hands of pirates – and to assassinate Blackbeard, should the opportunity arise.
Check out the promo below for your first glimpses of Malkovich as Blackbeard.
Date: Friday, May 30th
Episode Title: Crossbones Series Premiere
Start Time: 10:00 pm ET
Online Stream: NBC.com