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There are a couple of things about this new adventure series that could raise it above the normal summertime fluff. The producer is Neil Cross, who brought us the British drama “Luther,” and it stars the always-fascinating John Malkovich in the role of Blackbeard. Ahoy, matey! Series premiere, 10 p.m. Friday, May 30, on NBC (

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Doug Knoop, Seattle Times staff or on Twitter @dougknoop

Also on Friday

“MLB Baseball,” 7 p.m. (ROOT): Detroit Tigers at Seattle Mariners (Live).

“No Limits,” 8 p.m. (Animal Planet): Eric is on a pilgrimage to Moab, Utah, where he will try his hand — and feet — at highlining, walking on a thin rope over a deep canyon.

“Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” 8 p.m. (Lifetime): Betty gives advice to her younger self, teaches the cast about weight loss and gets star struck.

“Reel NW,” 9 p.m. (KCTS): “Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense”: The metamorphosis of jazz.

“Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” 10 p.m. (Food): In Miami, Fla., smoky fried chicken and Buffalo-style pig wings; in Orange County, Calif., drunken torta and green chicken chilaquiles; on Oahu, Hawaii, huli huli chicken.

“Continuum,” 10 p.m. (Syfy): Kiera pursues a group of brilliant students, who are using cutting-edge technology to commit crimes.

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