It’s not the exact outcome fans expected, but the good news is that the popular CBS drama “SEAL Team” will return for a fifth season in fall 2021. Although there hasn’t yet been an official announcement, it looks like the show will air its first four episodes on CBS before moving to its new home on the Paramount+ streaming service.
That’s not an ideal outcome for some fans, but it’s obviously better than cancellation. Paramount+ is ViacomCBS’s streaming service that costs $5.99 per month (or $59.99 per year if you pay all at once) for limited commercials and $9.99 per month (or $99.99 annually) for no commercials.
CBS picked up a slate of new dramas for the fall, including a revival of the original Vegas version of “CSI,” an “NCIS” spinoff set in Hawaii and “FBI: International,” a third series about the bureau from Dick Wolf. After also picking up “Blue Bloods,” “Bull” and “SWAT,” the network just didn’t have room for “SEAL Team.”
“Clarice,” the FBI series that’s a sequel to “The Silence of the Lambs,” also will move straight to Paramount+ without a network sendoff in the fall.
Since “SEAL Team” star David Boreanaz was cast in the first season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in the 1997-98 season, he’s been a fixture on broadcast television in “Buffy,” “Angel,” Bones” and “SEAL Team.” Except for a break in the 2004-05 season between “Angel” and “Bones,” the guy’s had a leading role every season for the past 23 years.
“SEAL Team” filmed in Southern California for its first four seasons, which makes it a more expensive show than series made in New Mexico, Georgia or Vancouver. Whether the show will have the same budgets when it’s making episodes for Paramount+ will be a big question moving forward.
Paramount+ just announced that it will make a new spy series with “24” star Kiefer Sutherland. The service currently hosts several Star Trek shows, including “Star Trek: Picard,” “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Star Trek: Lower Decks.” Upcoming shows include series based on “Flashdance,” “iCarly,” “Frasier” and “Beavis and Butt-head.” All the CBS broadcast shows stream on the service the day after they air.
U.S. military shows don’t perform as well as police shows in the rest of the world, so this was probably the best way forward for “SEAL Team.” Will its audience care enough to subscribe to yet another streaming service to see future episodes of the drama? Answers to come this fall.
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