NBC is airing a special two hour premiere for its new series Crusoe, which stars Philip Winchester as Robinson Crusoe, the famed castaway, and Tongayi Chirisa as Friday, a native that Crusoe befriends.  The series is a direct adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s novel of the same name.

For those unfamiliar with the source material, the story follows Crusoe, a family man who is stranded on a desert island and forced to use his wits to survive. Along with Friday, Crusoe must face off with “marauding militias, hungry cannibals, wild cats, starvation and apocalyptic lightning storms”.  The new series will be using a style similar to ABC’s Lost, where we will flashback to the time before Crusoe was stranded on the island to learn about his life and family that he left behind.

The series co-stars Sam Neill and Anna Walton. Click the pictures below to enlarge.