Toronto, CTV announced that Pirate Master, the next epic adventure reality series from Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Burnett, will air Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET beginning May 31 on CTV, Hosted by Australian actor and musician Cameron Daddo.
Pirate Master sends 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 valued at over $1 million. Over the course of 33 days, the pirates live aboard a massive 179 foot, square-rigged barque which carries 12,500 square feet of sail.
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 after the series ends – 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 each 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 concludes 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."
"Pirate Master breaks new ground in that it’s the collision of fantasy and reality,” said Executive Producer Mark Burnett. “This is a show where, in true pirate fashion, anything can happen with a group of people that live by their own set of rules and usually break them. It’s adventure, excitement and loads of treasure. Anyone who ever wanted to be a pirate will love this show!"
In each episode, host Cameron Daddo will distribute clues at the start of the expeditions and preside over Pirate’s Court. Daddo’s many television credits include roles on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, FX: The Series and Hope Island. He has guest-starred on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami. He has also appeared in feature films, including Zebra Lounge, Inland Empire and the upcoming Drifter and Passengers.
Pirate Master is produced by Mark Burnett Productions. Mark Burnett and Lisa Hennessy are the executive producers. Eden Gaha and Page Feldman are the co-executive producers.