NBC Picks Up 'Crossbones', New Action Adventure Series About Golden Age of Pirates Written by 'Luther' Creator

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May 14th, 2012

 

via press release:

Series Is from Award-winning Creator of “Luther,” Neil Cross, and Acclaimed Film Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (“Gladiator,” “Men in Black,” “The Ring”)

 

 

NEW YORK CITY -- May 14, 2012 -- From the award-winning creator of “Luther,” Neil Cross, and successful producing team of Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (“Gladiator,” “Men in Black,” “The Ring”) comes an extraordinary action-adventure series “Crossbones” -- with an unexpected moral center where one can't be sure whether the pirates or the British crown are the villains.

Ten episodes of “Crossbones” have been ordered and production will begin in the fall.

 

The announcement was made today by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.

 

It’s 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown, part marauder’s paradise, this is a place like no other on earth – and a mounting threat to international commerce.

 

To gain control of this fearsome society, Tom Lowe, a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the pirates’ haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But The Closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can’t help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds – and no law. But Lowe is not the only danger to Blackbeard’s rule. He is a man with many villainous rivals and one great weakness – a passionately driven woman whom he cannot deny.

 

Parkes and MacDonald serve as executive producers. Cross will write and also executive-produce the series. Ted Gold (“Three Rivers”) also is an executive producer. The series will be produced by Parkes/MacDonald Productions; Georgeville Television (GVTV), Reliance Entertainment/Motion Picture Capital's new TV Studio; and Universal Television.

 

 

 

 
  • Andy

    The next Terranova. High-concept shows just don’t work on Broadcast

  • timotey

    @Andy: It won’t matter if they write it like a miniseries. Which would be better, I think.

  • Petar

    @Andy

    They work! LOST work just fine! Was best drama at the time. With 5s and 6s ratings.

  • Petar

    NBC want third place from ABC! Its clear now! With this and Hannibal in midseason and two cycles the voice they will fight with ABC and even fox!

  • groove365

    If this was on any other network I would try this but NBC freshman shows are an endangered species.

  • scifi

    It seems this is not sci-fi or fantasy.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    This might be pretty good depending on who’s cast and where they go with it.

    Of course, part of the reason I’m interested is because I have an interest in “free pirate communities” in history. The general audience couldn’t care less and will be influenced more by whether this recalls the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies…which, since it isn’t a comedy, it probably won’t.

    It’s also a “period piece” and I don’t think they work too well. I’m usually not interested in such shows. But I’ll check this one out.

  • JC

    This seems like a great concept but I dont see it translating well to network.

  • The End

    I love the idea of this show, hope it does well.

    @scifi

    I would love to see a Stargate reboot airing on the NBC channel instead of Syfy in the future. The network has a relationship with MGM so it makes sense to bring Stargate to a larger audience.

  • KS

    NBC up fronts are already over. How can they pick up a show now? So, can we expect CW to pick up The Selection in a few days?

  • James

    Cw should pick up The Secret Circle!

  • Nick

    Think this could work in short season form (8-12 episodes) can’t see a period piece sustaining for 24 episodes though. Looks really interesting tho!

  • Ultima

    @KS
    NBC up fronts are already over. How can they pick up a show now?

    Networks don’t necessarily have their midseason schedules completely filled out by upfronts.

    So, can we expect CW to pick up The Selection in a few days?

    Why would you expect that?

  • JohnM

    with an unexpected moral center where one can’t be sure whether the pirates or the British crown are the villains.

    Oh, you mean like the pirates of carribean movies?

    Shessh – people see those movies cause of johnny depp – it’s been plummed –

    The people running tv networks have no sense

  • DryedMangoez

    Well, hope it does better than Crusoe did for NBC.

  • KS

    @Ultima

    Thanks for the answer. As I have said some million times on this website, my English is poor.

    I am asking, if CW would announce in a few days or during upfronts, they have picked up Selection, along with other 5 new shows.

  • Tweedles

    Sounds more like an attempt to capture the lightening in a bottle that is Boardwalk Empire to me. A period piece with gangsters (pirates) living large in Atlantic City (Carribean) with an egnimatic leader and a government official sent to get the goods on him. Pretty obvious parallels…

  • Nick

    I love “The Closer” tag. lolololololol.

  • SJ

    The Firm 2.0. Why bother with these international co-productions anymore? (At least in the regular season.)

    Dead. On. Arrival.

  • Ultima

    @KS
    I am asking, if CW would announce in a few days or during upfronts, they have picked up Selection, along with other 5 new shows.

    Right, I knew what you were asking. As far as I’ve heard, the show is dead, so I don’t think you should expect a surpise pick up.

    In this case, it was reported last week that Crossbones would likely make it to series, they just didn’t finalize it before upfronts. Another example would be FOX adding Guilty to their midseason schedule, as it has been reported to still be alive even though they’ve already had their upfronts.

    More typically, networks can announce winter and midseason reality programming at much later dates as they determine how much space they need to fill on their schedule, since those prorams are cheaper and have shorter devolopment times.

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