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This weekend on TV: ‘Crossbones’ is violently boring

First Published      Last Updated May 30 2014 03:24 pm

Networks keep telling us they really, really want us to keep watching during the summer months. And they try to prove that by putting original programming on in June, July and August.

But "original" doesn't mean "good." And in the case of NBC's Crossbones (Friday, 9 p.m., Ch. 5), it's clear the network is dumping a bad show in the summer months because it didn't want to air it during the regular season.

The only thing more boring than Blackbeard (John Malkovich) in this pirate drama is the man the British navy sent to kill Blackbeard, English spy Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle). Zzzzzzzz ....

Lowe goes undercover in an attempt to retrieve some 18th-century technology, a storyline so unbelievably dull it's hard to pay attention.

The fact that there are various sword fights and a huge amount of violence - including torture and bloody killings - and this is still such a snooze makes "Crossbones" remarkable for all the wrong reasons.

Friday on TV ...

NBA playoffs (6:30 p.m., ESPN): Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat

Stanley Cup playoffs (6 p.m., NBCSN):Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings

Continuum (8 p.m., Syfy): A group of students are commiting high-tech crimes.

this new series.

Saturday on TV ...

MLS (2 p.m., Ch. 30): Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders

NBA playoffs (6:30 p.m., TNT): San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder

Da Vinci's Demons (7, 8 and 10 p.m., Starz): The Ottomans are about to attack Italy.

2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (6 and 9 p.m., HBO): This year's inductees are Cat Stevens, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Nirvana, KISS, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Andrew Loog Oldham, Brian Epstein and the E Street Band.

Bet OnYour Baby (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Season 2 of this harmless game show begins.

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