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‘Crossbones’ hits the seas; NBC offers visual treasure with John Malkovich

John Malkovich stars on Crossbones on NBC
John Malkovich stars on Crossbones on NBC
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The pirates are coming home to NBC on Friday nights. Fans who enjoy a little suspense, but would love to take their journey on the sea are going to appreciate “Crossbones” on NBC. The new television series is intriguing and offers a glimpse of the talented John Malkovich as he stars as the diabolical pirate Blackbeard. According to the Washington Post on Thursday, the setting will have fans going back 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence.

It is Blackbeard who reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors and he does seem to do quite well for himself too. Offering up common day problems that the pirates might have face, this show is perfect for those folks who love the ways of the seas. The best part about the show is how the series gives an authentic feel. According to TV Guide on Thursday, the cast and crew went to Puerto Rico film the nine-episode series on an abandoned U.S. naval station. Viewers might be captured by John Malkovich’s character or maybe it will be the beautiful backdrops captured on film.

While some viewers might be looking at a more authentic take to the pirate Blackbeard and the story about the legendary pirate, it’s safe to say NBC is looking to use the character as a vessel to start the series. Crossed between an espionage thriller with a hint of pirates and political intrigue, the story has depth. However it isn't the story you might reading in a book about the Blackbeard.

So will fans tune into “Crossbones” for the premiere? This show is surprisingly addictive and offers up a journey like no other show currently on television. As Blackbeard has been portrayed for centuries as a pirate that was a scoundrel and a thief. John Malkovich makes the pirate come alive and he does a great job on the show.

"Crossbones" premieres on Friday night on NBC.