The military drama “SEAL Team” survived a threat of cancellation at the end of Season 4, but the show’s return is not quite what fans may 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 “Special ‘SEAL Team‘ event,”CBS will air its episodes on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET /PT starting Oct. 10, with each episode available the next day on Paramount+. After the fourth episode airs on October 31, Paramount+ will debut the fifth episode shortly after the West Coast airing of episode 4 on CBS.
That’s a lot to unravel, so let us take a break and enjoy the trailer for season 5.
Once the series migrates to Paramount+, new episodes will be added to the streamer every Sunday. The move to streaming should allow for a little more creative freedom. At the very least, we may get to hear the SEALs talk more like real Navy members. Executive producer Spencer Hudnut promises that fans of the series will not be disappointed. “It’s the same show,” Hudnut told TVInsider. “The language might be a little saltier, as it probably would be when people are shooting at.
The season kicks off with the first episode of a two-part story titled “Trust, But Verify: Part 1.” According to CBS, Team Bravo will be “shocked to learn that a training exercise is actually a cover for a covert mission to get a weapons expert out of one of the most dangerous countries in the world.”
CBS shares a parent company with Paramount+. So the producers know it’s their job to lure new viewers to the streaming service when the series is moved. To that end, they’re telling a two-part story about a terrorist attack with many casualties in Africa. Part one will be episode 4 on CBS and the second part will only be available on Paramount+.
Anyone who has ever followed a television series knows what will happen: Someone’s life will be on the line at the end of the CBS series, and we will all have to log on to Paramount+ to find out what happens next.
Producers are promising at least one midseason episode that deals with the fallout from the events at the end of the Afghanistan War. The team had a script ready to shoot but revised the story in light of the real-life events on the ground in Kabul.
There’s a 14-episode order for the upcoming season (four on CBS, 10 for Paramount+). Will this season mark the end of “SEAL Team” or can the series find a new life as a streaming-only drama?