The dreaded pirate Blackbeard has a terrible weakness. The outlaw, who reached mythical status robbing and murdering on the high seas almost 300 years ago, suffers from migraines. "I can't say if they are psychological or truly physical," star John Malkovich says about his character's tension headaches. "But they feel very real."read more
Imagine a world in which the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball all decided to move their seasons to the same time of year. It would be chaos, for fans and the professional sports business alike. And yet, in television, that's essentially what happens during pilot season.
The broadcast networks traditionally order pilots during the first few months of the year. From there, it's a race to find the best actors, hire a crew, build sets and produce a show before May, when the upcoming fall schedules are announced. The field has always been crowded, but this spring, several cable networks and online retailer-turned-programmer Amazon are also developing new shows that they hope will go to series (cable networks typically produce pilots throughout the year, usually avoiding the spring).read more
John Malkovich has been tapped to star as Blackbeard on NBC's upcoming pirate series Crossbones, the network announced Monday.