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


    Get over it dude! TSC is dead.

  • KS


    Thanks again. I have got no particular interest in that show but, I am eagerly waiting for the CW schedule. It would be interesting to know, how they are gonna stuff in 5 new shows.

  • Tyler

    If it fails to impress… It wouldn’t be difficult to drop the series off at Syfy, perhaps as a Eureka replacement. I can see this being either a big win or gigantic FAIL for NBC ( they don’t have middle-ground ratings) As long as it isn’t overly campy like the POTC franchise…then it might just work! But, I’d still rather see it on A&E.

  • Nadine Harris

    Pirates of the Caribbean was definitely on someone’s mind, but this actually sounds more like “Merlin” to me. I imagine it will be just as ridiculously silly as Merlin was, but maybe it won’t — I’ll be watching.

  • Fake Me Out

    Arrrrrrrrrr Greenblatt, ye be walkin’ the plank laddie! And these waters be infested with the dreaded bear shark!

  • Teag

    Will watch but will be aware that it will be cancelled. When will this air? Midseason?

  • Nadine Harris

    Tyler, I’m amused that you think this oughtta be on Syfy. But I know what you mean. :-) A&E?? Does that channel still exist?

  • Abyss

    Massive crazy ship to ship combat with people swinging across the gap waving swords and canons blasting and sharks frolicking below cost more than any network tv show budget will expend. The CGI parrot alone is a deal-breaker.

  • Darryl

    I am a sucker for pirates. Hope it does well.

  • Julianna

    Hope ABC pick ups “Devious Maids” late too

  • The End

    @Nadine Harris

    It better still exist, still waiting on the Breakout Kings Season 3 announcement from A&E.

  • SarahL

    I don’t know about this premise, but if the cast is solid maybe it can do well. If it does have lots of action, I might watch.

  • Potato

    If this turns into a show with strong characters and lots of fighty action/suspense as well as a cool period tone (a la the flashbacks in “Buffy” or “Angel”) I can see it being a hit. But if they try to make it all talking with 2d characters and two minutes of very expensive action stuff per episode (a la “Terra Nova”) I’ll be changing the channel very quickly.

  • Dahne

    Could be very interesting but sounds more like a miniseries than a TV show with multiple seasons to me.

  • Marsinvestigations1

    Pirates are never a good hit with audiences as a general rule. The potc movies are really the only time it’s been a success. And those had big stars and expensive effects. This is on NBC. Sounds expensive too. This will bomb hard. No way it doesn’t.

  • ToXiX

    NBC NEEDS to be picking up Downwardly Mobile, all of their new comedies will flop.

  • FOX is Boring

    I agree ToXix, Downwardly Mobile needs to get a late pickup or even one of their other comedies Lady Friends or Daddy’s Girls. They don’t have enough mass appealing comedies on their roster this season.

  • SarahL

    I notice that NBC keeps pimping this show is by the creator of Luther, but Luther is a poorly written series. Idris Elba is the only reason that the show works. He is an amazingly talented actor who along with his talented supporting cast has been able to sell some prosperous storytelling.

  • a p garcia

    I hope its not PC priates, b/c priates were not PC.

  • NJ Viewer

    At least this isn’t a copycat or “reality” show. Sounds like it could be interesting. I’d watch it before it gets canceled.

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