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First Look: Crusoe

As far as Fall television shows go, NBC's Crusoe is an utter mystery to me. The show didn't have a panel at the TCA press tour because the crew was in production in South Africa, and NBC hasn't sent out the pilot yet either. But! Now I have a trailer, and while it may not be much, at least it's something.

In some ways, there's not much I need to know about Crusoe, since the story stays close to Daniel Defoe's classic tale. Crusoe (Philip Winchester) is an island castaway who must use all his resources simply to stay alive amid militia attacks, lightning storms, and various other challenges. In addition to looking at Crusoe's everyday trials, the series will also flash back to Crusoe's life before he became isolated on the island.

The idea for Crusoe sprung from an idea NBC Entertainment Cochairman Ben Silverman had to retell some of the greatest stories every told. It's scheduled to premiere on Oct. 17 with a two-hour special and air at 9 p.m. each Friday thereafter — a pretty tough time slot for a show that must be expensive to produce (so I guess it's a good thing some European producers are footing most of the bill).

Do you have any interest in watching a retelling of the Robinson Crusoe story? To watch the preview, just



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