'SEAL Team' Gets a Movie, but There's a Catch

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David Boreanaz stars as Jason Hayes on "SEAL Team." (Photo: Ron Jaffe/CBS)

Fresh off a renewal for season six on Paramount+, "SEAL Team" got even more love this week when Paramount announced that it's also making a "SEAL Team" movie at a presentation to investors.

A movie sounds exciting. What fan wouldn't want to settle in with a bucket of popcorn at the local IMAX theater to see the team in action on the big screen? Unfortunately, we live in an era where the line between film and TV is permanently blurred, and the "SEAL Team" movie will stream exclusively on Paramount+.

That news is not going to appease the self-described fans who have refused to follow the show since it was moved from its broadcast home at CBS to an exclusive streaming deal with Paramount+. At this point, though, you have to ask yourself whether someone who won't binge the season with the one-week free trial or pay $4.99 for one month was ever really that much of a fan anyway.

The movie is described as a bridge between the cliffhanger that ended season five and the upcoming season six. That intel suggests the show is getting at least a minor reboot, with one or more characters not surviving the ambush in Mali.

It's a safe bet that David Boreanaz will return. He's a producer on the show, and his character, Jason Hayes, is at the heart of the story. Unfortunately for fans, Clay Spenser (Max Thieriot), Ray Perry (Neil Brown Jr.), Sonny Quinn (A.J. Buckley) and Brock Reynolds (Justin Melnick) are all in danger after the attack, and since "SEAL Team" is a war drama, at least one of the guys isn't likely to make it home alive.

In addition, CBS Studios said the movie will "expand the storytelling universe" of "SEAL Team." That definitely sounds like we're going to get some new characters to replace the ones who won't return.

Of course, we won't know anything until we see the movie. Paramount+ did not offer any word about when we can expect to see the "SEAL Team" movie or when it might return for season six.

Fans of another CBS military-themed show also got news at the presentation. Paramount+ will make a streaming-only spinoff called "NCIS: Sydney" that will premiere in 2023. That's Sydney, Australia.

What you may not know is that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service operates in 41 countries around the world, so the Australia part isn't necessarily weird. However, NCIS has only 1,000 agents worldwide, so a real-life Sydney office is likely to have a pretty skeletal staff.

"NCIS: Sydney" will be filmed in Sydney and use local actors and producers. Whether that means that the civilian agents will be locals hired by our government or that one or more Aussie actors will affect American accents will be a mystery solved once we see the show.

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