Beginning this fall, CBS takes viewers into the dangerous world of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs on SEAL Team
. On the surface, the show is about how members of the team navigate their personal and professional lives while executing high-stakes missions. But there's more to the military drama series than a case-of-the-week show. Here are five things you need to know about SEAL Team
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SEAL Team Transcends Politics
SEAL Team is one of the military-themed shows to surface out of the Donald Trump administration but don't expect the CBS series to be overtly political. "The things they do transcend politics; they don't look at the results of elections. The work they do -- it doesn't matter who is in the White House," executive producer Benjamin Cavell said of SEAL Team during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.
"We're well aware of the work that Tier One operators do," added executive producer Ed Redlick. "They go to other places and are in the heart of arresting people of certain color and we don't want to be telling those stories; we don't want to be a chest pumping show."
It's All About Brotherhood
SEAL Team marks David Boreanaz's first TV gig after playing Seeley Booth on Bones for 12 years. The 48-year-old actor initially turned down the lead role of Jason Hayes due to the location of filming but he second-guessed his decision. So what changed his mind? Boreanaz says it's all about the brotherhood.
"In today's TV landscape, there are so many shows. It can be a bit daunting. But SEAL Team
spoke to me. There's this brotherhood aspect that I was really attracted to -- keeping the team together and going through missions, coming home and surviving, being there for each other," Boreanaz told TV Insider
. "Then I met with executive producer Chris Chulack, and his perspective [on the story] was just great. The location where they were going to shoot, though, didn't work for me, so I said no, thank you, and they went on to the next person. In the meantime, I kept wondering why I gave up that character. Things shifted, and two days later, I'm in New Orleans on a boat with gear on."
While there's obviously a sense of camaraderie between the memebers of the Tier One team, the same can be said between the actors off-screen. "They were all already in New Orleans for the pilot when I got there, and they were so supportive," Boreanaz said of the cast dynamics. "I just wanted to hug every one of them and say, 'Let's get this done.' There was a lot of laughter. Which is good, because on screen, it's heavy stuff."
Not Your Typical Military Drama
It's easy to compare SEAL Team to History's Six and other military-themed series but the CBS drama will attempt to make the distinction by adding some comedy. According to Cavell, most military people he's talked with agreed that's one element other shows usually miss.
"One thing that every other military show gets wrong is that it's not funny enough. Their interactions and lives in the military can have funny moments, [so] we have tried to incorporate humor," said Cavell
, adding that the show's occasional humor will also help lighten the mood as it explores painful and tragic stories.
SEAL Team Attempts to Be Authentic
The core of SEAL Team lies with the real people in the military, and the cast and crew are determined to honor them by telling the most authentic stories possible.
"The origin of this show comes from the lives that do the work," â€‹said Redlich. "Character stories are a huge part of this show [and] to me, that sets us apart from other shows. We want the whole thing to vibrate with that sense of reality."
"We're going to tell the stories about the toll it takes on the people who do this work," said Timberman. "That more of their marriages end in divorce than not; we're sensitive to all these things. We hope we tell these stories properly."
Dita the Dog on Duty
Though not credited as a cast member, there's another member of SEAL Team
who is integral to the group's success. Dita, a dog who has his own Instagram account
, joins Tier One in their perilous missions. One thing to note about Dita is that he's never told to sit because the only time he sits is when he smells explosives.