Hit NBC show, Crossbones has been panned by the critics as not quite living up to its potential as a gritty televised Pirates of the Caribbean however one thing that show runner can be proud of is the show’s successes in fighting against Internet piracy.
“I’ve yet to see a single illegally downloaded copy of the first series in any of the back alleys of Hong Kong that I frequent,” show runner Neil Cross said in a recent interview, “And I would say it’s very unlikely that we’ll see any of series two either, since we haven’t been renewed and Netflix won’t answer our calls”.
The show’s anti-piracy stance has in particular had a strong effect on the running of popular torrent site, Pirate Bay, with many users switching to lesser know sites such as Kickass and Isohunt to avoid any chance of downloading the show, “Unfortunately we’ve lost a lot of users because of our supposed affiliation with the show,” one of the anonymous runners of the website was able to tell us, “We’re even thinking of changing our name to The Americansbay, just to regain some traction”.
The show’s star John Malkovich was unable to comment on Crossbones’ success as he was busy catching up on the leaked episodes of Game of Thrones.
When asked about how he felt in regards to Crossbones’ dwindling online fan base, Cross was still optimistic about their love for the show, “Our viewers are truly loyal, because even though they may not be tuning in and watching the show, they’re also not stealing it, so really it’s a win for everyone, except of course for the pirates”.
Cross then quickly went on to clarify that he is referring to online pirates and not those that feature in the show.