Blackbeard Returns in New NBC Series 'Crossbones'!

Posted By on November 20, 2012

The Outer Banks’ most infamous transplant resident is coming to television in NBC’s upcoming series Crossbones, about the pirate Edward Teach, also known as “Blackbeard”, who was ultimately killed off the coast of Ocracoke Island 294 years ago this week, on November 22, 1718.


Entertainment Weekly reports today that Hugh Laurie (House) is in final negotiations to play the lead role of Blackbeard.

It was announced earlier this summer that NBC had ordered 10 episodes of the new pirate adventure series from the award-winning creator of
Luther, Neil Cross, and acclaimed film producers Walter Parkes and Laurie
MacDonald (Gladiator, Men in Black, The Ring).

You can read the official synopsis for Crossbones below!

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.

How excited are you to see Blackbeard on TV?

Hugh Laurie will likely star as the pirate Blackbeard in NBC's new series 'Crossbones'. (photo:

Hugh Laurie will likely star as the pirate Blackbeard in NBC’s new series ‘Crossbones’. (photo:


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Posted by Matt Artz

Matt Artz was a lead reporter and photographer for 'The Coastland Times' newspaper from 2000 to 2009, and has been published in the Outer Banks Sentinel, North Beach Sun, Outer Banks Milepost, among others, before launching OBX Entertainment, NC Film News, and Halloween Daily News in 2012. Matt and Sue Artz are also the founders of the annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade and the Halloween International Film Festival.

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