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NBC has finally released the first trailer for its upcoming pirate drama Crossbones, starring John Malkovich as the legendary pirate Blackbeard. And it looks like Malky had full rein over the character, as there isn't a trace of black in his beard, nor has he made any real effort to dress up like a pirate. It's as if Malkovich showed up for work and said, "Hi, I'm wearing these bedsheets, and that's the end of this discussion." 

As for the series itself, it doesn't look that much different from Starz's recent pirate drama Black Sails, with a cerulean-oceans-and-palm-trees setting in the gorgeous Caribbean. The story will follow Blackbeard's attempt to obtain the Longitude Chronometer (whatever that is) and English spy Tom Lowe's plan to thwart the legendary pirate. Take a look!


Crossbones premieres Friday, May 30 at 10pm on NBC.


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AIRED ON 8/2/2014

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i am watching for sure
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LOVE John Malkevich in general but it's going to be hard to watch without comparing it to Black Sails and from the trailer alone - Black Sails seems better. Similar things going on too i.e. the person among thier midst pretending to be something they aren't like the fake cook on Black Sails and they both may have memorized the one item the crazy pirate needs. It'll be much more toned down for the sake of network television but considering all NBC gets away with from Hannibal alone - I think they'll allow some gruesome images. I'll check out the pilot - in support of John Malkevich alone and take it from there...
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If it was as good as Black Sails then I am on board but considering this is NBC, it will all but PG 13. PG 13 pirate show. Hmm....
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A bit similar to Black Sails although a lot better Blackbeard is supposed to have a blackbeard like the film ? I give it a go as the cast look great hopefully it won't be like Treasure Island or Moonfleet which were shite!
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Black Sails didn't really get my intention,despite all advertising,etc. Is that show any good? From trailer looks lame to me,but this one I might give it a chance.
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YES! Black Sails is good! I thought the pilot was trying a little too hard but it just kept getting better and better. It's another show that has such flawed characters that you don't know who to root for but very well played by all.
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Quite the long promo to not add anything to the one-liner premise. Feels totally boring to me and since it will air on Fridays at 10pm in 'summer TV time' NBC clearly doesn't expect much from it other than fill air time.
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Not sure what exactly that was.
He looks like he's on a vacation cruise with that outfit.
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Ugh, John Malkovich. Not a fan. Unfortunately I'll probably watch this anyway, but damn you whoever cast this! I'm watching under protest.
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Wait, Friday nights?
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But this one won't have cussing, nudity, etc. ;P
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The Longitude Chronometer is an accurate clock used in navigation.
You can determine Latitude by the angle of the sun. You need a clock that isn't influenced by the motion of the ship to determine Longitude.
The British were the first to come up with something that worked.
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They're going to need one hell of an opening credit sequence to top Black Sails, to say nothing of a huge upgrade in wardrobe budget.
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This looks good! Anything with John Malkovich is good!
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I completely disagree! This looks way better than Black Sails. I mean, hello, John Malcovich! Also, it looks like things actually happen. Although... It needs more women.
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black sails was ok if you had nothing else to watch , and I did watch it. if you ever watched a movie called RED then you would have seen John Malkovich in the best role ever. I can't wait to see crossbones!!
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This looks just like everything that is wrong with NBC shows. Also I hate the NBC "filter" they always use, I don't know if that is something. It was even filmed in PR but I won't see it.
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I don't like Black Sails that much, it got off the a really shitty start and was sinfully boring for the vast majority of the season and about half it's cast is utter garbage which they at least have in common with the characters they portray (looking at you Eleanor and Charles) but it got better at the end. This doesn't even look as good as that, I mean really, how can you have Blackbeard without a black beard? Herasy I say.
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Black Sails was good, this looks nothing like that.

This looks more like;
Crossbones Diaries
Once Upon the Crossbone

NBC Fail.
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This looks like 99% John Malkovich being eccentric, and about 1% other nonsense going on.
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Looks awesome. John Malkovich's character is definitely the one I'll be rooting for.
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Well, I'm missing Black Sails already, so this is welcome.
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Kind of random, but I liked going postal so to see Moist and Adora Belle again will be fun.
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