SEAL team is back tonight with a double episode for their season four premiere at 9:00 p.m. ET / PT, only on CBS and streaming on CBS All Access. David Boreanaz plays Jason Hayes on the SEAL team and in tonight’s episodes we’ll see him face a new breed of enemy while battling nature itself.
CBS ‘Matt Weiss spoke to Boreanaz about the new season, the show’s work with veterans and finally new content for the fans.
MW: David, SEAL team, season four starts tonight and as things go this year, first of all, just want to know how good it feels to be back to actually get new episodes out?
DB: It’s great. We’re excited, but I think we’re really excited about the fact that our show isn’t going to deal with any COVID issues or COVID environments. We’re going to tell great stories and pick up where they left off last season. Just to be back at work we feel so happy and blessed to work in this environment. We have worked through the guidelines and are applying them. We can start here. We are happy about this premiere.
MW: Two consecutive episodes at the start of the season. Where will we pick up here in season four?
DB: We will find that the Bravo team is heading for the Afghan mountains to hunt down the son of a terrorist who Jason Hayes killed 13 years ago. It has a bit of an emotional feel to Jason Hayes. At the top of the mountain, Jason gets separated from Cerberus and it becomes almost like a sense of survival and it has a vengeful feel to both characters.
I’m going to say someone doesn’t make it and we’ll include that in the second episode where we find out at the beginning that Jason is pinned against the mountain with Cerberus and Hell is following. There is a rescue mission that goes astray. At the end of this episode we find that someone is stepping down and we are losing some members.
MW: You directed this episode too, so you put a lot on your plate to direct an episode with all of this. How was it for you?
DB: It was great. It was tough, we shot this episode in March, then we got shut down. It was difficult to sit with this episode for six months during this kind of madness because we hadn’t completed it yet. As a director you go into an episode like this and it was so big. The conditions were tough and we shot four days in the snow. On the last day we had a blizzard that started and the wind whipped.
I basically carried Dita (Cerberus) from scene to scene. I didn’t cut because I know there are certain things you need to do when working with the dog just for safety reasons. It was just a long hike and filming an episode like this was just very lucky. It was also a lot of fun, we overcame a lot of hurdles. It definitely shows on the screen how beautiful this mountain landscape is. Shoot in the snow, which shows you that you don’t see such things on network television.
MW: You mentioned Cerberus, working with dogs is a little different than working with humans, to say the least. Everyone loves Cerberus and I’m sure you do too, but what are some of the challenges that come with it?
DB: Conditions were very cold and it started snowing at the end of the fourth day which was our big day as I carried her around. The makeup of the character thrown from the side of a mountain, his cuts and bruises, the ability to corral the dog and keep Cerberus close enough to get through the scenes was truly an engaging and trusting one exercise.
We worked a couple of weeks reaching out to me, Justin and Dita just to get the trust factor and carry them around and have that connection was very important. We worked very hard to get the shoot going and then it shows.
MW: I know that a big focus of the show is working with real veterans. Can you talk about the show’s commitment to being authentic and giving work to people with military experience?
DB: Yes, we are proud to have real veterans on our show in front of the camera, behind the camera. Mark Owen, executive producer who made 13 deployments, was a real SEAL. He was involved in prosecuting bin Laden, including the raid of Captain Phillips. This presence alone and the guys who are with us at DEVGRU just to see these guys who have sustained injuries and who work every day. It’s just a remarkable experience to be able to tell a little of their stories and go to some places that are really dark.
I think you shed light on these corners. We really got a great response from this community. It’s great to be able to work with these veterans on the show and see them every day and give them that voice.
MW: You mentioned earlier that this season is not about COVID. There are a lot of shows going to be happening this season and there is a place for that, but I think there is also a place for shows that don’t so you can really get away with it. What can fans expect from this season and how important is it for you to give people this perspective of normalcy?
DB: I think this is very important. I don’t know about you, but it’s just so overwhelming with what you can and can’t do and the social limitations. It just didn’t apply to our storylines, so we decided against bringing this into our surroundings. It’s a refreshing take. It’s great that you don’t have to watch old shows.
Visit the SEAL team and you will see a refreshing, great, exploratory, fun, adventurous, action packed, character full show that tells itself and tells true stories of people who suffer more when they come back instead of up the battlefield. That’s why we love to tell these stories. We want viewers to enjoy this without having to deal with wearing a mask or some of this whole craziness. Just escape for an hour and have fun.
MW: I’m excited to see the new episodes, to get some of that normalcy, and to love all the work you do with the veterans. Big fan, thank you and all the best.
SEAL Team airs Wednesday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET / PT, only on CBS and streaming on CBS All Access. Check your local listings for more information.
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