For those TV viewers missing the blood and sex of “Spartacus” on Starz, the premium channel offers you “Black Sails,” its new drama about pirates.
Yep, pirates -- make believe and real.
It’s a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island,” set 20 years earlier, and features fictional pirates Flint, Billy Bones and John Silver, before he became Long John Silver.
Their stories intertwine with those of real-life pirates Charles Vane and “Calico Jack” Rackham.
As if that’s not enough, creator Jon Steinberg, who was behind “Jericho” (CBS) and “Human Target” (Fox), has added some just-as-nasty femme fatales, to make it even more, well, sexy.
The actors appear as if they’ve been ripped right out of the pages of GQ and Vogue. Luke Arnold, who plays Silver, has a certain Heath Ledger-look to him. This will be his vehicle to stardom.
“Black Sails” premiered Saturday night, but the pilot re-airs at 7 p.m. Sunday. It’s also available on-demand.
Like “Spartacus,” the new drama is violent, bloody and filled with gratuitous nudity and sex. Heck, one of the executive producers is Michael Bay, who is known for his loud, explosion-filled movies. At the outset is a battle at sea, complete with exploding cannons, gunfire and swordplay.
The drama is nothing more than a video game, with a story secondary to the blood and sex. It worked before for Starz with “Spartacus.” It will work again. The premium channel already has renewed it for a second season. Grade: C.
Across the remote
* ABC will yank the poorly performing “Killer Women,” the new midseason drama starring Tricia Helfer as a shoot-first, ask-questions-later Texas ranger. You may see a few more episodes before it goes. The network plans to replace it with Christian Slater’s new drama “Mind Games” beginning Feb. 25.
* “Days of Our Lives” will reach 50. NBC renewed the daytime soap through September 2016. “Days” will celebrate its golden anniversary this November. In other “Days” news, Alison Sweeney announced she will leave the soap this year after 21 years of playing Sami Brady to spend more time with her children.
* Syfy has flip-flopped time slots for its new drama “Bitten” and fan-favorite “Lost Girl.” “Bitten” now airs at 7 p.m. Mondays, with “Lost Girl” moving (back) to 9 p.m. “Being Human” remains at 8 p.m.
* NBC had hoped to remake “Murder She Wrote,” with Octavia Spencer (“The Help”) starring. But the network has scrapped those plans, according to the entertainment blog Deadline.
* Jimmy Fallon will feature Will Smith and U2 as his first guests when he takes over “The Tonight Show” on Feb. 17. Meanwhile, “Saturday Night Live” will replace Seth Myers, who’s taking over Fallon’s old show, with head writer Colin Jost on the popular “Weekend Update” segment.
* NBC announced “Peter Pan Live!” will be the follow-up musical to its highly successful “The Sound of Music Live!” The network will air it Dec. 4. There's no word yet on the casting of Peter.
* HBO, wisely, will not program against the Super Bowl. It will air new episodes of “Girls” and “Looking” from 9 to 10 p.m. Saturday. “True Detective” will take a week off.