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Friday, October 17, 8pm
Philip Winchester, Anna Walton, Joaquin De Almeida, Tongay Chirisa and Sam Neill
Based on the novel by Daniel Defoe, Crusoe
follows Robinson Crusoe, shipwrecked on an island, facing obstacles like pirates and the dangerous creatures of the island. His story is paralleled by visions of his homelife and the family he longs to get back to.
represents a dramatic shift in NBC's tone, going after large, epic programs typically reserved for cable shows. Crusoe
has far more in common with HBO's Rome
or Showtime's The Tudors
than it does with other major network dramas.
A period piece, Crusoe
dares audiences to accept a TV show that looks and feels like a movie. Resembling Pirates of the Caribbean
in its use of swashbuckling action and treasure-seeking pirates, Crusoe is filmed in South Africa, just another in a long series of reasons why it's unlike anything else on the network. The island adventures will be entertaining, but the drama back home will likely be filled with intrigue.
Assuming network viewers can accept a more mature, well-made story, Crusoe
has the potential to usher in a new wave of network programming, showing that a cinematic vision can be brought to the small screen.
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image courtesy of NBC)