The military drama “SEAL Team” survived a threat of cancellation at the end of Season 4, but the return of the series is not quite what fans might have expected. The first four episodes of Season 5 will air on CBS before the show moves to its new streaming home at Paramount +.
Billed as a “SEAL Team Special Event,” CBS will air its episodes Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET / PT starting October 10, with each episode being available the next day on Paramount +. After the fourth episode airs on October 31, Paramount + will launch the fifth episode shortly after Episode 4 airs on the West Coast on CBS.
It’s a lot to sort out, so let’s take a break and enjoy the Season 5 trailer.
Once the show has migrated to Paramount +, new episodes will be added to the streamer every Sunday. The move to streaming should allow a little more creative freedom. At least we can hear the SEALs starting to talk more like real members of the Navy. Executive producer Spencer Hudnut promises fans of the series won’t be disappointed. “It’s the same show,” said Hudnut TVInsider. “The language is maybe a little saltier, as it probably would be when people shoot you. “
The season opens with the first episode of a two-part story titled “Trust, But Verify: Part 1”. According to CBS, Team Bravo will be “shocked when they learn that a training exercise is really a cover for a secret mission to bring out a weapons expert from one of the most dangerous countries in the world.”
CBS shares a parent company with Paramount +, so producers know it’s their job to attract new viewers to the streaming service when the show changes. To that end, they tell a two-part story about a mass terrorist attack in Africa. The first part will be Episode 4 on CBS, and the second part will be available only on Paramount +.
Anyone who’s ever watched a TV show knows what’s going to happen: Someone’s life will be on the line when CBS ends, and we’ll all have to sign up for Paramount + to find out what happens next.
The producers promise at least one mid-season episode that deals with the fallout from the events of the end of the war in Afghanistan. The team had a script ready to shoot but revised the story in light of actual events on the ground in Kabul.
There is an order for 14 episodes for the upcoming season (four on CBS, 10 for Paramount +). Will this season represent the end of the channel for “SEAL Team” or can it find new life as streaming-only drama?
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