Now that its unequivocal hit Spartacus has been laid to rest, Starz are desperate for another success story to keep them in the minds of audiences. Magic City's still on the air (anyone watching that?), Da Vinci's Demons is now airing in Spartacus's timeslot, and here comes our first taste of Black Sails--the Treasure Island prequel produced by Michael Bay (Bad Boys, Transformers).
The trailer's embedded above and it does enough to grab your interest, although it doesn't contain an indelible image or idea to make the wait painful. Strangely, you can barely tell this is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel. It just looks like a grittier version of Pirates of the Caribbean, only less expensive looking. Britain's own Toby Stephens (Die Another Day, Vexed) is playing Captain Flint, and the show is created by Jon Steinberg (Jericho).
Black Sails is expected to air early next year.