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'Robinson Crusoe' is a (detached) eyeful

Let us introduce Crusoe with a series of good news/bad news jokes, one of the intellectual staples of Crusoe the audience of 11-year-old boys for which it is intended. Good news: A ship has arrived to the desert island on which Robinson Crusoe is marooned. Bad news: It's full of pirates. Good news: One of the pirates is a chick who compares favorably to the coconuts Crusoe has been dating. Bad news: The last guy to hit on her got his eye ripped out. ''That sounds grim,'' broods the chastened Crusoe. ''For him, yeah,'' one of the pirates replies. ``It was very entertaining for the rest of us.''

Equal parts sly and stupid, rousing and ridiculous, NBC's action-adventure Crusoe -- the last of the fall TV season's scripted shows to debut -- gets underway Friday with a special two-hour episode. Read my full review from Friday's Miami Herald.


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