Black Sails

The trailers for The Lone Ranger have drawn more than a few comparisons to Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp’s last team-up, Pirates of the Caribbean. But Tonto’s untamed West is a world away from Captain Jack Sparrow’s high seas, and if waterlogged adventure is more your speed Starz has just the thing for you.

Executive produced by Michael Bay, Black Sails follows the fearsome pirate captain Flint (Toby Stephens), his new crew member John Silver (Luke Arnold), and the rest of their as they go up against the British Royal Navy. Neil Marshall, who directed the climactic Game of Thrones Season 2 episode “Blackwater,” helmed the pilot. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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There may not be a whole lot to watch on TV right now, but there’s plenty to watch in TV Bits. After the jump:

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Two big-shot feature filmmakers are headed to the small screen, albeit in two very different capacities. Michael Bay will executive produce Starz’ pirate adventure Black Sails, while David Cronenberg is set to guest star on Syfy’s time-travel thriller Rewind. Also after the jump:

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