Crossbones: Cancelled? NBC Series Shipped to Saturdays

Crossbones TV show on NBCNBC has decided that their low-rated Friday night drama, Crossbones, will now wrap with a pair of episodes on Saturday August 2nd. The installments had previously been set for Friday, August 1st and Friday, August 8th.

Though the network hasn’t said that Crossbones has been cancelled, the ratings have been terrible and it’s highly unlikely to return for a second season.

Crossbones revolves around the life of Edward Teach (John Malkovich), better known as Blackbeard the pirate, and his desire to aquire a valuable invention called the longitude chronometer. Others in the cast are Yasmine Al Massri, Richard Coyle, Claire Foy, David Hoflin, Tracy Ifeachor, and Chris Perfetti.

Here are the schedule notes:

UPDATES-NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE – Friday August 1, 2014 – Friday August 8, 2014



08/01/2014 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Friday) : SERIES PREMIERE – ZAC EFRON JOINS FAMED ADVENTURER AND SURVIVALIST ON NBC’S INSPIRING, LARGER-THAN-LIFE ADVENTURE REALITY SERIES — World-renowned survivalist Bear Grylls (“Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls,” “Man vs. Wild”) leads Zac Efron (“Neighbors”) on a non-stop extreme survival journey into the Northeast Appalachian mountain range wilderness. With Bear’s help, Zac challenges himself physically as well as mentally on an awe-inspiring journey he could never have imagined. TV-PG L


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08/01/2014 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Friday) :



08/01/2014 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Friday) :



08/02/2014 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Saturday) : Blackbeard sets sail, setting the endgame in motion… and testing the loyalty of his crew to the limits and beyond. Back on Santa Compana, Kate trusts Tom Lowe with a startling request… that leaves him minutes to save both their lives. TV-14 V



08/02/2014 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Saturday) : Fire rains down on Santa Campana as Blackbeard (John Malkovich) risks all against William Jagger’s (guest star Julian Sands) maniacal attack. Lowe (Richard Coyle) must choose between saving the people he loves, the man he admires…. and the legacy Edward Teach has built. Also starring Yasmine Al Massri, Claire Foy, David Hoflin, Tracy Ifeachor, and Chris Perfetti. TV-14 V



08/08/2014 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Friday) : BEN STILLER EMBARKS ON A JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME TO TEST HIMSELF – World-renowned survivalist Bear Grylls (“Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls,” “Man vs. Wild”) meets actor Ben Stiller (“Secret Life of Walter Mitty”) on the rugged mountains of the Isle of Skye in Northern Scotland to go on a once in a lifetime adventure. As they explore their surroundings Bear tests Ben’s limits in an effort to see how he measures up to the unpredictable and unforgiving challenges of Mother Nature. TV-PG L


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08/08/2014 (09:00PM – 11:00PM) (Friday) :

What do you think? Have you been enjoying the Crossbones series? Would you watch a second season or, should it be cancelled?

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  1. kat says

    I love crossbones and i loved revolution but it was cancelled so now i hear crossbones is getting cancelled so i think im going to go to another network. Seems like everyone is going for reality junk, so i guess im old fashioned. I still like a good movie.

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  3. WLP says

    Oh, and Edward is NOT dead; watch the last scene again. A second season opens up all sorts of interesting plot possibilities.

  4. WLP says

    Finale was superb, full of drama and tension. This is the best written series on television. It was a pleasure to listen to literate dialogue, and to watch a show which respected the intelligence of its audience. Kudos to the writers and actors. It is a virtual tragedy that the audiences have been so dumbed down, and the networks so fixated on ad money, with quality not even in the equation, that a show like this one apparently cannot last, while utter junk permeates the airwaves. I have a small hope that some network will pick this up, but it’s probably a longshot.

  5. Tammy Y says

    I was very upset NBC canceled Dracula. Now I am doubly mad they canceled Crossbones. What do they have against shows with fantastic actors and great plots. I know they were both on the violent side. But, they are both wonderful shows with many fans. NBC is wrong to keep canceling quality shows and replacing them with crap.

  6. caroline says

    I really liked this show. I would certainly watch a second season. I agree with some of the criticisms of the show in general but I enjoy most of the characters and the subject matter. John Malkovich is wonderful. Hate to see it end.

  7. says

    I’m sorry to see Crossbones ending. I realize the viewing audience was probably a small one, but I thoroughly enjoyed the show! It was a refreshing change from all the crime shows, bad comedies, and so-called “reality” shows. I’ll miss the show!

  8. Pam says

    I love crossbones. as does my husband.. I loved all the characters I love the excitement of it I loved Blackbeard.. I thought the characters were believable the acting was terrific and it was high entertainment.. crossbones and revolution are the only two series I watched!

  9. Bud Laurent says

    iCrossbones started without much enthusiasm. on my part, but I became a fan by mid-series, despite the improbable population of Teach’s “gang” which spent a lot of time as wallpaper in the scenes, and Malkovich’s propensity to bite off and spit out his emphatic words. Frankly, I was surprised that Malkovich signed up for a TV series and figured its short duration had as much to do with his availability as anything else. I realize that Teach’s falsified death in the final episode leaves the door open for resurrection, but I wouldn’t bet good money that there’ll be a second season.

  10. Karen says

    Crossbones is one of the most clever and original television shows out there. It’s ratings killer is the early time slot. This is NOT a children’s program and responsible adults aren’t going to be watching it at an 8 PM time slot. Move it to 10 PM, take it off Friday nights and watch what happens. John Malkovich is a brilliant actor and the rest of the cast is superb. NBC, please don’t let us down!

  11. Anonymous says

    NBC stinks for cancelling crossbones… was the best new idea for tv in ages….hope a cable network picks it up. Wonderful acting, and an actual plot to follow. All thumbs down to NBC, we know where there thumbs are.

    • Jacque says

      love love LOVE crossbones. I will be very upset if it is cancelled. NBC. Give it a mother try. Maybe you should. Promote it BETTER!!!!!

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