CBS introduced the 16 pirates who will compete in Pirate Master, the new reality-based series from Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Burnett, when the show premieres Thursday, May 31 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Australian actor Cameron Daddo will serve as host.
Pirate Master will send 16 modern-day pirates on a high seas adventure where they will live as buccaneers and travel around the Caribbean island of Dominica in search of hidden treasure that will total $1 million. Over the course of 33 days, these pirates will live aboard a massive 179 foot, square-rigged barque which carries 12,500 square feet of sail.
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Each week, the pirates will embark on extraordinary expeditions where they will decipher clues along the way in search of missing treasure. Gold coins -- real money which the pirates may take with them beyond the show -- will be awarded after each expedition, but only to some. The gold will play a key role as pirates strike deals with each other or plead for long-term security. In addition to claiming the lion's share of the week's riches, one pirate will become the captain of the ship and will assign roles and chores to the remaining crew members, setting the tone for either law and order or betrayal and sabotage, which could lead to mutiny by the crew.
Each episode will conclude on the ship at Pirate's Court, a lively gathering of public speaking and judgment where one individual will be eliminated and "cut adrift." In the end, one will be the first to find the largest booty, worth $500,000, and claim the title of "Pirate Master."
The pirates competing in Pirate Master (in alphabetical order) are:
Fishing Creek, Md. (originally from Park Ridge, Ill.)
Los Angeles (originally from Anchorage, Alaska)
Automotive Parts Salesman
Los Angeles (originally Mt. Vernon, Wash.)
Sparks, Nev. (originally from Grand Couler, Wash.)
JOCELYN "JOY" MCELVEEN
West Columbia, S.C.
ELICIA "JUPITER" MENDOZA
Los Angeles (originally from Santa Rosa, Calif.)
JOE DON "J.D." MORTON
Ft. Wainwright, Alaska (originally from Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Berkeley, Calif. (originally from Oakland, Calif.)
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (originally from Enugu, Nigeria)
Former NFL Player
Los Angeles (originally Detroit)
Laguna Beach, Calif. (originally from Fountain Valley, Calif.)
Venice, Calif. (originally from Pensacola, Fla.)