(Pocket-lint) - In the scrabble to offer a compelling TV drama about the US Navy SEALs, it's SEAL Team that's made the grade and others - like History's Six - have volunteered out.
SEAL Team Six found themselves in the limelight following the Bin Laden Raid in 2011, but have enjoyed a mythical status for many years. Technically called the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), there's no shortage of action in the on-screen depiction in SEAL Team.
Fronted by David Boreanaz - yes, Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer - as Master Chief Jason Hayes, Season 5 left everything hanging in the balance. So will SEAL Team charlie mike?
Here's everything you need to know, how you can catch-up, and everything to expect.
Is there a SEAL Team Season 6?
Yes, Season 6 has been confirmed. It was confirmed by Paramount+ on 1 February 2022.
Isn't there also a SEAL Team movie?
That is also affirmative. On 15 February 2022, CBS Studios announced that it would be producing a standalone movie for the TV series SEAL Team.
This will be an exclusive for Paramount+, following SEAL Team's move from CBS to the streaming platform and it looks like the aim is to draw more subscribers into Paramount+ with this sort of content.
The good news is that the movie is coming from the same team as the TV series, but we don't currently know how they will interact. There's some speculation that the movie will link the events at the end of Season 5 into a new era, giving the show the chance to introduce new characters.
That partly comes from the wording of the announcement saying that CBS would "expand the storytelling universe", although might simply be a reference to the fact that it's putting out SEAL Team content in a different format. We'll know more once Season 6 airs, we suspect.
What is the SEAL Team Season 6 release date?
The great news is that SEAL Team will be coming to Paramount+ on 18 September 2022.
SEAL TEAM Season 6 trailer
Paramount has released a trailer for the new season, which gives us a look at the characters it is going to focus on and some hints on the plotlines. There are spoilers below, so if you haven't finished Season 5, then go and read something else.
What's the cast for SEAL Team Season 6?
The trailer gives us some glimpse at the expected cast. Thanks to early reports from Deadline we knews that Max Thieriot - Clay Spencer - would be there, but with another project - Fire Country - where Thieriot will star and produce, the character's time on SEAL Team could be limited. That appears to play out in the trailer: it seems that Clay is the most severly injured and while we know he makes it back to hospital, it's not revealed whether he survives.
Other major stars - including David Boreanaz (Jason Hayes), Jessica Pare (Mandy Ellis), Neil Brown Jr (Ray Perry), A J Buckley (Sonny Quinn) and Toni Trucks (Lisa Davis) in leading roles appear in the trailer, so it looks like their roles continue.
There has been an addition to the list, however. Deadline is reporting that Raffi Barsoumian has been cast as Omar and will be a series regular, playing a SEAL with 15 years of experience and a deep understanding of the Middle East.
As for the movie, again we don't know who will be involved where.
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What will the plot be for SEAL Team Season 6?
We don't know how Season 6 or the movie will dovetail. Currently there's no specific details on how the story will unfold, so the best we can do is speculate.
Season 5 ends abruptly. With a 14 episode run rather than 22 (for the first two seasons), 20 (Season 3) and 16 (Season 4), there's a feeling that things were sort of cut off.
And that's exactly where we left Bravo Team, on the ground in Mali, with RPGs raining down on them in an ambush. With Clay Spenser saying that he wanted to back out from Bravo Team to spend more time with Stella and the baby and with Jason Hayes suffering from breacher's syndrome, the door was already open for a change in Bravo Team.
Outside of the team, Hayes has just made steps to establish his relationship with Mandy Ellis, but if this doesn't come to pass no one who watches the show will be surprised - the sub-plot of the whole of SEAL Team has been about the pressure that affects personal relationships.
The trailer shows reveals that Bravo Team survives, but leaves Clay Spenser in critical condition in hospital. With regular shots of a distraut Stella - it's unknown whether Clay survives or not, there's a hint here that he doesn't.
The story appears to throw Bravo Team into Syria, on a long-term mission, working alongside female Syrian fighters. While that storyline unfolds, it's backed up by a subplot of mistakes being made and the desire for payback, which we're sure will be meted out. But there's also the threat of Bravo Team being shut down, which will bring a more political twist to things.
If you're still wondering about Mandy Ellis - Jason Hayes' love interest - there's a brief glimpse of someone leaving Hayes' appartment with a suitcase. It could well be Mandy signalling that another Jason Hayes relationship has crashed and burned, but equally, it could be his daughter Emma.
How can I catch up with SEAL Team?
SEAL Team originally aired on CBS in the US and Sky Max in the UK. It has also been on respective catch-up platforms, but with CBS All Access transitioning to Paramount+ on 4 March 2021, you'll need to head to Paramount+ to catch up on the action.
For those in the UK, SEAL Team Season 1-5 is available on Now. Whether it will remain on the platform or shift over to Paramount+ with the UK launch remains to be seen - but we expect it to leave the Sky-owned platform at some point. Paramount+ launched in the UK on 22 June 2022.