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SEAL TEAM: Spencer Hudnut Previews the Move to Paramount+, the Show’s Action-Packed Trip to Africa

October 29, 2021 by  

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“Need to Know” – As each member of Bravo confronts major family obstacles, the team gets spun up on a sudden mission in Africa. When the intel alters their plan, the team finds themselves in a rush to prevent a major terrorist attack, in part one of a three-part episode arc of SEAL TEAM, Sunday, Oct. 31 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Pictured: David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes. Photo: Erik Voake/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

After more than four years, SEAL TEAM is about to make the move to Paramount+ with a three-hour event.

The first episode, “Need to Know,” will air on CBS on Sunday, October 31 (at 10/9c). The second part of the trilogy will be available Monday, November 1 on Paramount+, with the final part being released Sunday, November 7 on the streamer. (The show will release new episodes every Sunday on Paramount+.)

“We launch into Africa, where we had been last year,” SEAL TEAM boss Spencer Hudnut previews. “We’re seeing that Africa is really taking on the next phase of this Forever War, and has a lot of echoes of [what happened in] Afghanistan, 20 years prior.”

“So we’re going to get in there and see Bravo Team running some missions that we haven’t seen before,” he continues. “We’re going to have to stop a train full of suicide bombers from getting to target—the action that we have coming is really exciting. And then the team gets thrown a curveball in the middle of one of those operations that has a really, really personal element to Bravo Team. That just ups the stakes in a way that we haven’t had before.”

And trouble could be on the horizon for a certain member of the team.

“[Davis] had this opportunity at the end of season 4, that she selflessly passed on, to continue this fight against sexual harassment on deployment,” Hudnut previews. “And we know she’s articulated that it’s gotten much harder for her to lead Bravo into battle given her close personal relationships with everyone on the team, but especially because the man she loves—even though she can’t be with him, Sonny—is on the team. So she’s still has her eye on other opportunities that can take her away from Bravo. She still has an ambition to climb the ladder in the Navy.”

“But within the season, she’s going to see through some of the Bravo members, the cost of these wars,” he continues. “They are definitely going to send her on a mission to re-examine how we’re fighting these wars. And so she’s really picking up this battle on behalf of the teammates that she cares about so much. And so she’s going to get herself into a little bit of hot water with command down the road. But again, as always, she’s doing it for selfless reasons, looking out for her teammates.”

And though the show will have a new home after this week, the SEAL TEAM crew was determined to not radically change the series from what viewers have been watching for more than four years.

“It’s been a challenge [adjusting to streaming, but] the show is gonna remain the show,” Hudnut says. “We know we have an extremely loyal audience. We have a track record of 80 episodes; the show is not going to change dramatically. I think the move allows us to be a little more true to life in terms of maybe some of the language and how these guys interact on the battlefield when bullets are flying at them.”

What the shift to streaming does is “allows them to go into areas a little deeper, perhaps darker,” Hudnut says. “And really, the move allows us to be even more truthful about the experience and the price that our warfighters are paying for these endless wars. And so I think it’s just going to give another layer of authenticity to the show. But, at the end of the day, people who love the show will still be very happy with what they see. It’s going to remain what it has been.”

That also means the episodes won’t suddenly balloon up to hour-plus installments, despite the lack of a rigid time slot.

“We’re going to be right in the same ballpark that we’ve always been,” Hudnut says. “We have international distribution, so we have to stay within the same boundaries. And, truthfully, we have the same amount of time to film these episodes, so we don’t have more time to, all of a sudden, add to it.”

“We have a lot of really great action and emotion, which is a SEAL TEAM calling card,” he continues. “I think with the move to Paramount+, we’re really trying to elevate our game even more.”

SEAL TEAM, Sundays, 10/9c, CBS


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