Hugh Laurie Checks Into NBC’s Pirate Show Crossbones

Hugh Laurie in HOUSE Apparently Hugh Laurie misses TV, because although he could be exclusively parlaying his massive success on FOX’s doc show “House” into a movie career (as you’ll recall, he was cast in but then dropped out of a juicy role in the “Robocop” remake), the actor has decided to return to TV. Laurie has signed up as the male lead on the new NBC pirate show “Crossbones” from “Luther” creator Neil Cross.

On the show, Laurie would play Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, who “reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors” in the Bahamian island of New Providence, circa 1715. New Providence is described as “part shantytown, part marauder’s paradise, the island is unlike any other and presents a mounting threat to international commerce. To combat the threat, skilled undercover assassin Tom Lowe is sent to take down Blackbeard, but the closer he gets, the more enthralled with the community he becomes.”

The show will be based on the book “The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down” by writer Colin Woodard, and is said to be a 10-episode drama. I’m not sure if that means the show will have 10 episodes in its first season, or if it’ll be a long mini-series consisting of 10 episodes. Possibly the latter.

Cross, most famous for his British TV cop show “Luther” starring Idris Elba, will write and executive produce “Crossbones”, with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald also producing.

This, by the way, is the second major pirate show, joining Starz’s Michael Bay-produced “Black Sails”. Yeah, I’m guessing “Crossbones” is the pirate show that will be getting all the attention next year, but I could be wrong.

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