Upfronts 2012: NBC Orders Pirate Drama Series ‘Crossbones’

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At their upfront presentation in New York City, NBC today announced that they had picked up pirate themed drama series Crossbones, with a ten episode straight-to-series order.

Created by Neil Cross (Luther), Crossbones is set in the year 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.

Crossbones is being produced by Parkes/MacDonald Productions, Georgeville Television (GVTV) and Universal Television, with Neil Cross and Ted Gold serving as executive producers. Production is slated to commence on the series this fall, with NBC eyeing a mid-season launch. Crossbones is the latest pick up for NBC and will be joining other freshman series 1600 Penn, Animal Practice, Chicago Fire, Do No Harm, Go On, Guys With Kids, Hannibal, Infamous, The New Normal, Next Caller, Revolution and Save Me.