23 April 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Argh you ready for a new swashbuckling pirate series?  NBC certainly thinks so and they have pressed John Malkovich to portray the legendary Blackbeard (Edward Teach if you prefer).   The series, “Crossbones,” premieres at the end of May, and now we have gotten a new trailer for it. Setting up the characters and basic outline of the plot, the video offers up much discussion about a mysterious logbook that harbors information about a secret device.  Actually, it’s not really a secret, the official description of the show refers to the device in question as “the world’s first longitude chronometer,” but unless we missed it, the trailer doesn’t seem to say that.  Instead, it pits an already infamous Blackbeard against one Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle of “Coupling” fame), and makes us wonder just how bloody it will all get. This “Crossbones” trailer really operates as a showcase for the regularly compelling Malkovich, »

- Josh Lasser

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