Pirate Master

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Pirate Master
Pirate master logo.jpg
Created by Mark Burnett
Starring Cameron Daddo (host)
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 14
Production
Location(s) Dominica
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS, CBS.com
Original run May 31, 2007 – July 17, 2007
External links
Website

Pirate Master was a CBS reality television show created by Mark Burnett which replaced the previous Mark Burnett show on CBS, Rock Star. It followed sixteen modern-day pirates on their quest for gold, which totaled US$1,000,000. The show was hosted by Cameron Daddo, and took place in the Caribbean island nation of Dominica. The show premiered on Thursday, May 31, 2007. The show also aired on CTV in Canada, Sky3 in the UK, premiered on June 21, 2007 on Network Ten in Australia, and premiered on July 4, 2007 on AXN Asia. On July 10 in the US, the show moved to Tuesdays at 10 p.m. (ET). In its Tuesday run, it would follow the 9 p.m. (ET) broadcast of Big Brother 8. As of July 24, in the US, Pirate Master was only online on CBS.com's Innertube, with a new episode presented each week on Tuesday morning.[1]

Premise[edit]

The premise and show format are based on the airing of the complete show and based on information from the CBS website.[2]

The premise is based on the fictional legend of the pirate captain Henry Steel and the Treasure of Zanzibar.[3][4] Based on this tale, Steel divided his loot into 14 parts and hid them across the island of Dominica. A special chest, the Chest of Zanzibar, was created with 15 locked compartments, each containing maps and clues to find each of these stashes. The treasure found through the clues in one compartment will contain a key that can be used to open another compartment. The 15th compartment, which can only be opened once each other compartment has been opened in order, contains a map showing the location of every gold stash on the island of Dominica and would lead to the largest prize.[5]

Expeditions[edit]

The Black and Red Crews row away from the Picton Castle at the start of the first expedition

Each week, the contestants are divided into two crews, Black and Red, to hunt for the treasures indicated by the maps and clues obtained from the most recently opened part on the Chest of Zanzibar. The captain and his officers are automatically part of the Black Crew, and the remaining players are randomly assigned to the other crews by pulling colored gunshots out of bags; there may be separate bags for the men and women to even out the distributions on each crew if, for example, the captain and his officers are all of the same sex.[6] The Black Crew gains the extra player when an odd number of people are available.[7] For the first expedition only, crews are randomly assigned.[5]

Both crews simultaneously go on expeditions and decipher clues along the way to find gold coins hidden around the island of Dominica. During the expedition, there is the potential for the currently leading crew (based on the trailing member of the team) to "sabotage" the other crew at a given point and slow them down in the hunt, such as by causing a net to fall to block passage along a river. There also may be booby traps that can slow down the leading team.[6] The first crew to successfully retrieve the treasure, even if another crew arrived and started searching first, wins the treasure, and indicates their victory by firing a blunderbuss to let the other crew know that the expedition is over.[6]

Should the Black team win (led by the current Captain), the Captain retains his or her position, and has the option to replace his Officers prior to dividing the winnings.[7] Should the Red team win, they elect a new Captain who will select two other crew members as the Officers.[8] For the first expedition only, the winning crew gets to elect the Captain in this same manner.[5] The Captain claims 50% of the total gold discovered, the Officers share 25% of the gold, while the rest of the winning crew members share the remaining 25% of the gold;[5] when necessary, distributions are rounded to the nearest $100.[8] The prized gold is given to the crew members immediately, and allows them to strike deals with each other and vie for long-term security. This money cannot be stolen by other players.[9] Of the total $1 million prize that the show offers, $500,000 will be distributed through the show in this manner.

When there are eight players remaining in the game, only a Captain position is selected, and any current Officers are demoted.[10] The Black crew (including the Captain) and Red crew continue the expedition as before, with the winning team retaining or selecting a captain. The Captain then gets the full amount of the treasure.

Pirates' Court[edit]

Pirates' Court is held; Daddo (in front) addresses those with the Black Spot (left), the Captain and his Officers (upper right), and the remaining crew (right), with the Chest of Zanzibar in the front right.

At the end of each episode, there is a Pirates' Court. Prior to this Court's proceedings, the Captain distributes letters, three of which contain a black ink blot (called a "black spot"). The three contestants marked with a "black spot" are the ones nominated to be voted off and cannot take part in the voting process that follows; the Captain and his officers are not allowed to vote either. The remaining crew members then cast their votes by impaling their ballots on an upturned dagger. The contestant with the most votes is then "cut adrift" (i.e., voted off the show).[5] In case of a tie, the captain decides which of the tied players he will cast adrift.[8] However, if the crew band together and unanimously vote for a mutiny against the Captain, then the officers will have a chance to vote; if they both agree with the crew, the Captain is cut adrift instead; it is unknown if a new Captain is immediately chosen by the crew or not. If either Officer disagrees with the mutiny, the mutiny fails, and the Captain can then choose any player (including those that did not have the Black Spot but that voted for mutiny) to be set adrift.[11]

The fourth episode introduced a "Royal Pardon" found in the treasure, a document given to the Captain after the expedition. Prior to the distribution of the next Black Spot letters, each player may bid secretly for the Pardon. At the Pirates' Court, after the votes have been placed, the winning bid of the Pardon is announced, and the bid amount is paid to whoever currently holds the pardon. If that player has the most votes, that player is safe, and the next highest vote earner is cut adrift, and the Pardon is removed from the game. If he does not receive the most votes, he retains the Pardon but must sell it to a different player via silent auction by the next Pirates' Court.[6][12] The Royal Pardon is removed from the game after the ninth Pirate Court, whether if used or not.[10]

When there are eight players remaining, the Captain solely selects two players for Black Spots. Because there are no Officers, a unanimous vote for mutiny will result in the Captain being set adrift immediately.[10]

Ghost Crew[edit]

The eighth episode introduced a "Ghost Crew" made up of the previously eliminated seven players.[13] The remaining players in the game compete as a single Black Crew against the Ghost Crew. Should the Black Crew win, the rest of the game played out as normal. If the Ghost Crew should win, they not only keep the treasure, but get to decide which three of the remaining players would get the Black Spot for the Pirate's Court, and there would be no Captain or Officers until the next expedition.

End Game[edit]

When only three competitors are left, an expedition is performed, with each player competing against the others. The first player to the treasure becomes Captain and receives the expedition's treasure, and is guaranteed to be competing for Captain Steele's bounty. The other two players face a Pirate's Court made up of the previously eliminated players, who ultimately decide which player joins the Captain in the final expedition.[14]

The final two players, prior to the final expedition, each select three additional crew members from the previously eliminated contestants to assist them on the expedition. The final expedition includes portions that only the finalist can perform in addition to where teamwork can be used. The finalist who is the first to find Captain Steele's treasure wins $500k and the title of Pirate Master.[14]

Features[edit]

The show is notable for its evocative setting and props. Much of the show takes place on the ship, called the Picton Castle, but the contestants also disembark and explore island rivers and muddy riverbanks in search of gold. Skeletons, keys, and other pirate-themed paraphernalia are scattered about the foggy island environment.

Other stereotypical pirate-like features include pirate-themed music, pirate-like clothing (note that the captain and the officers don garments signifying their superior rank), and the performance of laborious chores aboard the ship. The ship's main mast sports a Jolly Roger, stylized with a Pirate Master logo.

The ship itself is manned by the real crew of the Picton Castle, though the show contestants do assist with manning the sails and other tasks.[15]

Contestants[edit]

Contestant Placement Number of Votes Net Treasure
John Lakness
25, Carlisle, MA
1st Cut Adrift 10 $2,000
Christian Okoye
45, Enugu, Nigeria
2nd Cut Adrift 5 $200
Alexis Shubin
26, Laguna Beach, CA
3rd Cut Adrift 5 +
Captain's Choice
$2,200
Cheryl Kosewicz
35, Sparks, NV
4th Cut Adrift 8 $37,291
Sean Twomey
27, Venice, CA
5th Cut Adrift 5 $2,040
Jocelyn "Joy" McElveen
21, West Columbia, SC
6th Cut Adrift 3 $6,166
Joe Don "J.D." Morton
36, Fairbanks, AK
7th Cut Adrift 6 $22,100
Elicia "Jupiter" Mendoza
30, Los Angeles, CA
8th Cut Adrift 3 $49,582
Azmyth Kaminski
26, Los Angeles, CA
9th Cut Adrift 5 $66,406
Nessa Nemir
29, Berkeley, CA
10th Cut Adrift 4 $21,416
Kendra Guffey
38, Los Angeles, CA
11th Cut Adrift 3 $31,000
Laurel Schmidt
21, Los Angeles, CA
12th Cut Adrift 2 +
Captain's Choice
$32,332
Louie Frase
43, Fishing Creek, MD
13th Cut Adrift 3 $17,416
Jay Hatkow
37, Detroit, MI
14th Cut Adrift 12 $80,166
Christa DeAngelo
29, Tamaqua, PA
Runner Up 1 $60,416
Ben Fagan
23, Charleston, SC
Pirate Master 1 $617,624

Episodes[edit]

# Title Treasure Hidden By Original airdate
1 "I Want That Treasure" Unknown May 31, 2007 (2007-05-31)
The contestants board the Picton Castle and recover the Chest of Zanzibar. Joe Don becomes arrogant upon taking the role of Captain. Although he led the Black Crew to victory in the first expedition, John was unanimously cut adrift for annoying the crew and threatening to steal the compasses.
2 "Pirates, Guns and Money" Felipe Sanchez Grios, The Master Gunner June 7, 2007 (2007-06-07)
Joe Don initiates an alliance with Jay to trade money for information. Joy injures her knee during the expedition. Joe Don's arrogance as Captain dampens the ship morale. Christian is cut adrift for slowing down the expedition crews.
3 "Bribes, Lies, and Vengeful Eyes" The Quarter Master June 14, 2007 (2007-06-14)
Azmyth leads the Red Crew to its first victory and becomes the new Captain. While some are excited when Azmyth shares the wealth, others question his newfound British accent. Jay attempts to bribe Sean into voting against Cheryl. However, Alexis is cut adrift due to her volatile attitude and lack of teamwork.
4 "Death by Coconuts" The Master Craftsman June 21, 2007 (2007-06-21)
Several ladies privately discuss their dislike for Nessa's flirting. The Black Crew loses the expedition when Azmyth leads them astray. The Royal Pardon is revealed. Joe Don's ultimatum to Jay backfires when Jay reveals their alliance. Louie, the new Captain, seeks to fulfill his vendetta against ex-captain Joe Don for hoarding the treasure. At Pirate's Court, Cheryl is cut adrift for alienating herself from the crew early on.
5 "Loose Lips Sink Ships" Barnabas Bagley, The Pilot June 28, 2007 (2007-06-28)
Christa conquers her fear of heights. Sean butts heads with Jay and Nessa. Azmyth regains the role of Captain, then chooses Ben and Jay as officers to form an alliance of strong men. Joe Don lends Nessa money to buy the Royal Pardon, but Azmyth turns the tables by not marking her with the Black Spot. Sean is cut adrift for being untrustworthy.
6 "Lambs to the Slaughter" The Bosun July 5, 2007 (2007-07-05)
Jupiter takes over the cook's role. The crew begins to resent Azmyth's change in personality as captain. The Triad of Azmyth, Ben, and Jay leads the Black Crew to victory. They decide to strengthen their team by marking weaker Joy and Kendra, and strong Joe Don with Black Spots. After a close vote, Joy is cut adrift.
7 "A Deal With the Devil" Christopher DeGrout, The Purser July 10, 2007 (2007-07-10)
The Triad works Joe Don and Louie hard with ship chores to weaken them before the expedition. After another Black Crew victory, Jay offers Kendra safety in trade for a vote against Joe Don. Jupiter squashes the crew's hopes of mutiny. Joe Don and Nessa's feelings for each other grow stronger. Without the safety of the Royal Pardon, Joe Don is cut adrift in favor of keeping personable Louie.
8 "Spirits in the Material World" The Navigator July 17, 2007 (2007-07-17)
Jay calls out Kendra for going back on her word. The previously cut adrift pirates return as a Ghost Crew to compete against the current crew. Unfortunately, John loses the Ghost Crew's key and costs them the victory. At dinner, Jupiter announces the crew's thoughts of mutiny in hopes that Azmyth will choose new Officers. Instead, Azmyth interprets her warning as a threat and marks her with a Black Spot. Having alienated herself at dinner, Jupiter is cut adrift by the crew.
9 "24 Hour Party Pirates" Samuel James, The Cook July 24, 2007 (2007-07-24)
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The eight remaining pirates are summoned to an all night party in a hideaway. The day after, Cameron reveals that Jay and Ben are no longer officers, and they take part in the expedition on the Red Crew leaving Azmyth without his triad for protection on the Black Crew. The Red Crew wins and elects the first woman captain, Christa. She is given all the booty from the expedition. Christa feels the pressure of being Captain and fears she could get a Black Spot after she departs the Captain's Quarters. Jay gives Christa a plan to make money. Christa is to tell Kendra she would receive part of "her share" of the treasure in the form of the last Pardon purchase, double cross her by not purchasing it, and then cut her adrift. Christa ends up sticking to her word and actually purchases the Pardon, surprising Jay. Azmyth and Kendra are put up at Pirate's Court. The crew decides to cut Azmyth adrift, keeping Kendra safe once again.
10 "Chickens with Their Heads Cut Off" The Cooper July 31, 2007 (2007-07-31)
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Seven pirates remain as Christa begins her first full mission as captain. She admits that Jay has been the mastermind of the ship since the beginning, but keeps him and Ben close in a secret pact in order to win more booty. They mislead Nessa into believing that she is to be among the planned "final four". In the expedition, the Black Crew narrowly defeats the Red Crew, maintaining Christa's captaincy. Christa black spots Kendra and a surprised Nessa. At Pirate's Court, Nessa understates her athleticism by proclaiming to the crew that Kendra's weak swimming is more likely to cause a mission loss then her strengths could cause a win. She also openly accuses Ben, Jay, and Christa of a secret alliance which they deny. Despite this, the pirates unanimously vote her out.
11 "A Judas In Their Midst" Amal Patel, The Smuggler August 7, 2007 (2007-08-07)
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The remaining six pirates sleep in the next morning, attributed to their more lenient captain, Christa. Also allowing swim breaks and sharing the better food, Christa hopes this will keep everyone happy with her captaincy. She continues to plot with Ben and Jay, and the three agree that the Black Crew has to win the expedition. When Jay is placed on the Red Crew, he gives minimal effort, allowing the Black Crew to win yet again. To the dismay of the Black Crew, the expedition resulted in no treasure, as "A. Patel" took it for himself. Jay and Christa agree that Kendra's time has come, and Louie casually volunteers to be the other pirate to receive the Black Spot, as he is sure he will stay. At Pirate's Court, it is publicly revealed that Louie volunteered to be Black Spotted, and he faces scrutiny for having so much confidence he is safe, as Kendra has already survived five Black Spots. In the end, however, the vote is unanimous, and Kendra is cut adrift.
12 "Liar, Liar...Pirates On Fire" Renshu Chao, The Astronomer August 14, 2007 (2007-08-14)
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The final five pirates remain, and Ben and Christa deliberate on Jay's methods/schemes to remove the captain (Christa) from power. The expedition begins with a swim as the two crews go in search of the Astronomer's treasure. Laurel lags in the swim, slowing Louie down. Ben, Jay and Christa find difficulties along the way, but manage to pull through and win $30,000 in loot. Back on the ship, Jay, Ben and Christa go at each other's necks on the issue of betraying each other and lying. Ben shows his true colors to Jay, and Jay does the same, as Christa goes into a meltdown of emotions. Once the Black Spots are handed out, Jay is surprised as he finds out that Laurel and Ben have been spotted. At Pirate's Court, Laurel is cut adrift after a tie in votes and Christa choosing her over Ben, deciding to compete against the strongest rather than the weakest.
13 "Dirty Deeds…Not Done Dirt Cheap" Lars Christensen, The Carpenter August 21, 2007 (2007-08-21)
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Ben is stuck on the Red Crew, separated from Christa and Jay. His attempts at throwing the expedition work, as the Black Crew walks away with $40,000 in treasure. Christa splits the treasure with the other pirates. She Black Spots Ben and Louie, promising Jay that he will not be getting a black spot. In the end, Jay decides to stick with his alliance and sets Louie adrift, leaving him, Christa, and Ben as the final three pirates.
14 "Master of Pirates" Jenson Buley, The First Mate & Captain Steel August 28, 2007 (2007-08-28)
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The final three face off head to head to find the First Mate's treasure. Ben becomes the new captain upon claiming that treasure and secures himself a shot at Captain Steele's $500,000. At Pirate's Court, the Ghost Pirates make sure Jay is the first of the three eliminated.

Feeling bad for throwing the previous expedition, Ben makes amends and gives Louie his cut.

From there, Ben and Christa choose from those cast adrift to form teams of four to help one of them find Henry Steel's final treasure. Most offer themselves to Christa. In response Ben offers his previous winnings as incentives for his crew; Christa matches his offer. Ben chooses Cheryl, Azmyth, and Jupiter. Christa picks Jay, John, and Nessa. Ben ultimately wins, making him the Pirate Master.

Weekly Crew Assignments[edit]

Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Winning Crew
Black Crew
Black Crew
Red Crew
Red Crew
Red Crew
Black Crew
Black Crew
Black Crew
Red Crew
Black Crew
Black Crew
Black Crew
Black Crew
Ben
Black Crew
Booty Found
$40,000
$45,000
$35,000
$5,000
$40,000
$40,000
$35,000
$50,000
$50,000
$40,000
$0
$30,000
$40,000
$50,000
$500,000
Crew Member Crew / Booty share
Ben
12.5%
($5,000)
12.5%
($5,625)
-
16.66%
($833)
16.67%
($6,666)
20%
($8,000)
20%
($7,000)
20%
($10,000)
25%
($12,500)
25%
($10,000)
0%
($0)
33.3%
($10,000)
30%
($12,000)
60%
($30,000)
100%
($500,000)
Christa
-
5%
($2,250)
14.28%
($5,000)
-
-
13.33%
($5,333)
-
6.66%
($3,333)
45%
($22,500)
25%
($10,000)
0%
($0)
33.3%
($10,000)
30%
($12,000)
20%
($10,000)
-
Jay
-
-
14.28%
($5,000)
-
16.67%
($6,666)
20%
($8,000)
20%
($7,000)
20%
($10,000)
25%
($12,500)
25%
($10,000)
-
33.3%
($10,000)
27.5%
($11,000)
20%
($10,000)
-
Louie
5%
($2,000)
5%
($2,250)
14.28%
($5,000)
16.66%
($833)
-
-
-
6.66%
($3,333)
-
-
0%
($0)
-
12.5%
($5,000)
Laurel
-
-
-
-
16.67%
($6,666)
13.33%
($5,333)
20%
($7,000)
6.66%
($3,333)
-
25%
($10,000)
-
-
Kendra
5%
($2,000)
-
14.28%
($5,000)
16.66%
($833)
16.67%
($6,666)
-
-
6.66%
($3,333)
5%
($2,500)
-
-
Nessa
-
5%
($2,250)
14.28%
($5,000)
16.66%
($833)
-
-
-
6.66%
($3,333)
-
-
-
Azmyth
-
5%
($2,250)
14.28%
($5,000)
-
16.67%
($6,666)
20%
($8,000)
20%
($7,000)
20%
($10,000)
-
-
Jupiter
5%
($2,000)
5%
($2,250)
14.28%
($5,000)
-
16.67%
($6,666)
-
20%
($7,000)
6.66%
($3,333)
-
Joe Don
50%
($20,000)
50%
($22,500)
-
-
-
-
-
-
Joy
-
-
-
16.66%
($833)
-
13.33%
($5,333)
-
Sean
-
-
-
16.66%
($833)
-
-
Cheryl
12.5%
($5,000)
12.5%
($5,625)
-
-
-
-
Alexis
5%
($2,000)
-
-
-
Christian
-
-
-
John
5%
($2,000)
-
-

Voting history[edit]

Episode #:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Final Mission
Pardon
Holder
Pardon Not Available
Joe Don
($7,000)
Nessa
($9,000)
Joe Don
($12,000)
Nessa
($5,000)
Kendra
($4,000)
Christa
($10,000)
Pardon Expired
Cut Adrift
John
10/10
Ballots
Christian
5/9
Ballots
Alexis
4/8
Ballots
Cheryl
4/7
Ballots
Sean
5/6
Ballots
Joy
3/5
Ballots
Joe Don
3/4
Ballots
Jupiter
3/3
Ballots
Azmyth
5/5
Ballots
Nessa
4/4
Ballots
Kendra
3/3
Ballots
Laurel
1/2
Ballots
Louie
1/1
Ballot
Jay
12/13 Ballots
Voters
Ballots
Ben
Officer
Officer
Alexis
Joe Don
Officer
Officer
Officer
Officer
Azmyth
Nessa
Kendra
Black Spot
Black Spot
Captain
Pirate Master
Christa
John
Christian
Cheryl
Cheryl
Sean
Kendra
Joe Don
Jupiter
Captain
Captain
Captain
Laurel2
Captain
Black Spot
Runner-Up
Jay
John
Christian
Officer
Cheryl
Officer
Officer
Officer
Officer
Azmyth
Nessa
Kendra
Laurel
Louie
Black Spot
Louie
Black Spot
Kendra
Cheryl
Captain
Black Spot
Joy
Black Spot
Jupiter
Azmyth
Nessa
Black Spot
Ben
Black Spot
Jay
Laurel
John
Kendra
Black Spot
Cheryl
Black Spot
Joy
Joe Don
Black Spot
Azmyth
Nessa
Kendra
Black Spot
Jay
Kendra
John
Black Spot
Cheryl
Cheryl
Sean
Black Spot
Louie
Black Spot
Black Spot
Black Spot
Black Spot
Christa
Nessa
John
Kendra
Cheryl
Officer
Sean
Joy
Black Spot
Jupiter
Azmyth
Black Spot
Jay
Azmyth
John
Christian
Alexis2
Black Spot
Captain
Captain
Captain
Captain
Black Spot
Jay
Jupiter
John
Christian
Officer
Joe Don
Louie
Kendra
Joe Don
Black Spot
Jay
Joe Don
Captain
Captain
Alexis
Black Spot
Sean
Black Spot
Black Spot
Jay
Joy
Black Spot
Black Spot
Alexis
Joe Don
Sean
Black Spot
Jay
Sean
John
Christian
Alexis
Officer
Black Spot
Jay
Cheryl
Officer
Officer
Black Spot
Black Spot
Jay
Alexis
John
Kendra
Black Spot
Jay
Christian
John
Black Spot
Jay
John
Black Spot
Jay

Reasons for Being Cut Adrift[edit]

  • Episode 1: John Lakness - His attitude initially put off a few people, and the theft of the compasses did not help.(10-0-0-0.)
  • Episode 2: Christian Okoye - Physically strong, his size made him slower and held his team back.(5-4-0-0.)
  • Episode 3: Alexis Shubin - Jumped ship during the treasure hunt, costing her team time.(4-4-0-0.)
  • Episode 4: Cheryl Kosewicz - Voted out for her close connection with Joe Don.(4-3-0-0.)
  • Episode 5: Sean Twomey - Perceived as being untrustworthy.(5-1-0-0.)
  • Episode 6: Joy McElveen - Was slow and weak at expeditions.(3-2-0-0.)
  • Episode 7: Joe Don Morton - Perceived as a threat.(3-1-0-0.)
  • Episode 8: Jupiter Mendoza - Called out the captain for Mutiny and shown as a wild card.(3-0-0-0.)
  • Episode 9: Azmyth Kaminski - Former captain/strongest competition. (5-0-0.)
  • Episode 10: Nessa Nemir - Strong remaining competitor. Targeted by Jay. (4-0-0.)
  • Episode 11: Kendra Guffey - Weakest remaining link and considered sneaky for eavesdropping. (3-0-0.)
  • Episode 12: Laurel Schmidt - Considered the weakest of the remaining pirates, and outed for her lack of fellowship with the crew, save Louie. (1-1-0.)
  • Episode 13: Louie Frase - Jay chose to honor his alliance with Ben and Christa over Louie. (1-0-0.)
  • Episode 14: Jay Hatkow - Had made too many enemies amongst the Ghost Pirates (12-1)

Black Spot Reasons[edit]

  • Episode 1: Louie/Joy: Louie - his talk of mutiny; Joy - her likability. They received no ballots.
  • Episode 2: Kendra/Joy: Kendra - her slow swimming; Joy - her bad knee. Kendra received 4 ballots.
  • Episode 3: Laurel/Cheryl: Laurel - her "not having a side"; Cheryl - her association with Joe Don. Cheryl received 4 ballots.
  • Episode 4: Azmyth/Joe Don: Azmyth - Louie's "outgoing Captains must be tried" policy; Joe Don - Louie's "vendetta" against him. Joe Don received 3 ballots.
  • Episode 5: Louie/Laurel: Louie - his "outgoing Captains" policy; Laurel - her not being trusted by Jay. Louie received 1 ballot.
  • Episode 6: Joe Don/Kendra: Joe Don - his threat status; Kendra - her slow swimming. Kendra received 2 ballots.
  • Episode 7: Nessa/Louie: Nessa - her flirtation. Louie - filled the last vacancy for no hateful reason. Louie received 1 ballot.
  • Episode 8: Laurel/Kendra: Laurel - her rudeness to Azmyth; Kendra - her slow swimming. They received no ballots.
  • Episode 9: Kendra: Her lack of speed and general weakness. She received no ballots.
  • Episode 10: Kendra: Her slow swimming. She received no ballots.
  • Episode 11: Louie: Volunteered to play pawn alongside Kendra. He received no ballots.
  • Episode 12: Ben: Cited for his alleged mutinous plans against the captain, and being a possible threat. He received 1 ballot.
  • Episode 13: Ben: Christa had promised Jay that she would give him the power of the sole vote. That left Ben and Louie with the Black Spots. He did not receive the ballot.
  • Episode 14: Christa: Was automatically given the Black Spot for losing the expedition. She received 1 vote.

Critical reception[edit]

Pirate Master did not perform well in ratings, drawing in only 7 million viewers on the premiere episode, and subsequent showings drawing in less.[16] Joshua Alston of Newsweek called the debut episode a "confusing muddle".[17] Some critics have considered that the failure of both Pirate Master and On the Lot represent not only troubling issues for Mark Burnett, but for reality television as well.[18] In the UK from episode 5 onward, the show was moved from its Sunday night primetime slot on Sky's main entertainment channel Sky1 to Monday nights at 6 p.m. on Sky3; a channel which usually only shows content from Sky1 but on a 12-18 month delay. The final episodes were aired on Sky3 at 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning. In Australia, free-to-air Channel Ten moved the show from its 7.30 p.m. Tuesday timeslot to Sunday afternoons on July 27. CBS moved the show from Thursday at 8 p.m. to Tuesday at 10 p.m. After continued low ratings, CBS canceled Pirate Master on July 23, 2007 and aired the remaining episodes on CBS Innertube.[1]

Despite being removed from American television in mid-run, the show went on to win an Emmy award in the category of outstanding original main title theme music.

Pre Show[edit]

Post Show[edit]

Cheryl Kosewicz, the fourth person to leave the game, was found dead inside her home on July 27, 2007, after an apparent suicide.[19] The show paid respects to her death in the final episode with a brief blackscreen dedication message before the final credits.[14] On fellow contestant Nessa's MySpace webpage, Cheryl blamed the show for causing friction between herself and her boyfriend, who committed suicide two months prior.[20]

Footnotes[edit]

^Note 1 : Booty awards are based only on the amount of money directly given to each player as a result of winning the treasure hunt. Booty that may be exchanged afterward is not counted in this column, due to the inability to verify these amounts from the show as presented; however, the CBS Pirate Master Wiki includes a "Treasure Tracker".[21] that may include these values.

^Note 2 : In the event of a tie, the Captain decides who is to be cut adrift.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Adalian, Josef (2007-07-23). "CBS cancels 'Pirate Master'". Variety. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  2. ^ "Official Pirate Master Website". CBS. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  3. ^ "The Legend of Henry Steel". Pirate Master Wiki. CBS. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  4. ^ Hyman, Todd (2007-05-24). "A pirate’s life for me". Long Island Press. Long Island Press. Retrieved 2006-05-31. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "I Want That Treasure". Pirate Master. Season 1. Episode 1. 2007-05-31.
  6. ^ a b c d "Loose Lips Sink Ships". Pirate Master. Season 1. Episode 5. 2007-06-28.
  7. ^ a b "Pirates, Guns, and Money". Pirate Master. Season 1. Episode 2. 2007-06-07.
  8. ^ a b c "Bribes, Lies, and Vengeful Eyes". Pirate Master. Season 1. Episode 3. 2007-06-14.
  9. ^ Cohn, Angel (2007-05-31). "Ahoy! Pirate Master's Hunky Host Reveals the Game's Booty-ful Secrets". TV Guide. TV Guide. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  10. ^ a b c "24 Hour Party Pirates". Pirate Master. Season 1. Episode 9. 2007-07-23.
  11. ^ Bloomberg, David (2007-06-04). ""A Series of Rhetorical Failures" – An Interview with Pirate Master’s John". Reality News Online. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  12. ^ "by Coconuts". Pirate Master. Season 1. Episode 4. 2007-06-21.
  13. ^ "Spirits in the Material World". Pirate Master. Season 1. Episode 8. 2007-07-17.
  14. ^ a b c "Finale". Pirate Master. Season 1. Episode 14. 2007-08-28.
  15. ^ Standing, Erin (2007-05-07). "The Picton Castle’s Very Own Pirate’s Passage Through the Caribbean". Picton Castle Website. Windward Isles Sailing Ship Company. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  16. ^ Frutkin, A.J. (2007-06-18). "New Reality TV Falls Flat as Genre Saturates". Mediaweek. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  17. ^ Alston, Joshua (2007-06-16). "Is Reality TV Over?". Newsweek. MSNBC. Archived from the original on 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  18. ^ Collins, Scott (2007-06-18). "Reality is Tough, Even for This Guy". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles Times). Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  19. ^ "Reality TV contestant takes own life, blames show". 2007-07-31. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  20. ^ "Cheryl Kosewicz, Pirate Master hopeful, takes own life". News.com.au. 2007-07-31. Archived from the original on 2007-09-13. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  21. ^ "Treasure Tracker". Pirate Master Wiki. CBS. 2007-06-07. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 

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