Crossbones (10pm, NBC) - This boisterous new drama stars John Malkovich as a gray-goateed Blackbeard the pirate. The show depicts Blackbeard – living on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas – as perhaps more devilish than history books indicate, but what’s fun about a pirate who isn’t exceedingly ruthless and doesn’t murder for kicks? The “Crossbones” plot centers on a spy (Richard Coyle) posing as a physician sent to kill Blackbeard, but he ends up forming an uneasy alliance with the dastardly commodore. High seas high jinks ensue.
Also on tonight . . .
One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles (9pm, Spike) - If you missed Wednesday night’s salute to legendary comedian Don Rickles (aired on Spike), here’s another shot. Rickles is paid tribute by comedians and actors, including Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Johnny Depp and Robert De Niro.
Treehouse Masters (10pm, Animal Planet) - A Texas dad wants a man cave where he can bond with his first grandson, so Pete uses three oak trees to build an 800-square-foot space that sleeps five and is equipped with a bathroom, kitchen and cigar humidor, as well as an exterior deck with a meat smoker.
Continuum (10pm, Syfy ) - Kiera, without much help from Carlos, pursues a group of brilliant students who are using cutting edge technology to commit crimes. At the same time, she’s pursued by a handsome amnesiac who wants her help piecing together his mysterious past.