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22 The Independent • Entertainment Extra November 29 - December 5, 2020 Feature Story By Rachel Jones TV Media F ans of "SEAL Team" have been on edge while waiting to hear whether the popular series would return for a fourth season. They can breathe easy now, as the latest season premieres Wednesday, Dec. 2, on CBS. Fans will also be thrilled to learn that the premiere is ac- tually a two-part special. All of the main characters are expected to be returning for this season, at least initially. But, with a show as drama-filled as this one, you can never tell what will happen and to whom. Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz, "Bones") will still be Bravo team's leader. Clay Spenser (Max Thieriot, "Bates Motel"), Ray Perry (Neil Brown Jr., "Straight Outta Compton," 2015) and Sonny Quinn (A.J. Buckley, "Supernatural") will also be back for all the excitement, not to men - tion female powerhouses Mandy Ellis (Jessica Paré, "Wicker Park," 2004) and Lisa Davis (Toni Trucks, "The Cost of Heaven," 2010). Dog lovers can also rejoice to hear that the team's trained canine member, Cerberus (Dita the Hair Missile Dog), will not only be back but is expected to be playing a major role in the premiere. As far as early commentary from the show's production team has indicated, COVID-19 is not going to play a part in the plot this season. Showrunner Spencer Hudnut ("The Blacklist") has said that they wanted to finish storylines that the show had already started. They also wanted to give viewers an escape from their pandemic concerns and the stress of quaran - tine. As with practically every other show in pro- duction this year, COVID-19 caused a filming delay. Because of this, "SEAL Team's" third season was cut unexpectedly short, only broad- casting 20 episodes. As of September, however, "SEAL Team" was filming once again, and the production of new episodes was well underway. The downside is that, this time, Season 4 will consist of just 16 episodes. Unfortunately, short- er seasons during the pandemic seem to be the new normal. A typical full season schedule for "SEAL Team" was previously approximately 22 episodes long. When we last saw the team, at the end of Sea- son 3, Jason and Mandy were visiting a fallen informant's family and Ray had to lead Bravo Team on an urgent mission to uncover a terror- ist leader. Davis had also revealed to the team that its new target is a blast from Jason's past. In the Season 4 premiere, the team will con- tinue the mission of seeking out the leader of a terrorist faction — the son of the terrorist taken down by Jason early in his career, winning him his current Bravo One position. One of the many reasons the show is so popu - lar with fans is that it does its best to realistically depict the pressures and operational stresses that the Bravo team faces. The show has cast and consults with more than 75 active-duty military veterans, which is an impressive undertaking. Tyler Grey ("Suicide Squad," 2016), who plays Trent in the show, was a real-life member of the 75th Ranger Regiment and has spent nine years in the military. Despite the show being a work of fiction, the writers and producers have tried to draw from re - ality as much as is possible. It has been reported that the character of Jason Hayes is based on Mark Owens. Writing under a pen name, Owens is a former Navy SEAL Tier One leader who has written two books, including an in-depth cover - age of the successful mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. According to his memoir, "No Easy Day," Owens fired the fatal shot. The realism that the show works hard to pres- ent requires a tremendous amount of work from the entire cast and crew, along with their par- ticular research to keep the show authentic. This kind of true-to-life scripting and precision film- ing is, of course, hard on everyone. Thieriot, who not only stars in but also directed Season 3 Episode 17, has said, however, that the easiest cast member to work with was actually Dita the Hair Missile Dog, who plays Cerberus. When Parade magazine interviewed him about his directorial experience, Thieriot said, "Dita is a pro. She's easier than the rest of the actors!" David Boreanaz in "SEAL Team" The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Our democracy is like the Millennium Falcon. She ain't pretty, but remember when she passed the Voting Rights Act in 21 parsecs? Wisconsin has become a COVID-19 hot spot but, with this win, Democrats across the country can breathe a little easier … except for the ones in Wisconsin 'cause, again, it's a COVID-19 hot spot. Yes! We the people will not surrender! We the people will just doom scroll on Twitter until we freak out and stress eat all our kids' Halloween candy! The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon We made it to the night before the election. I haven't felt this stressed out since literally every day since March. At this point, the only thing Trump can declare without anyone questioning him is bankruptcy. The Late Late Show with James Corden Despite a large turnout from voters, there was no crashing blue wave. How did this happen? Even after the Democrats got the cast of "Parks and Recreation" to reunite over Zoom ... I don't know how that didn't speak to Republican voters. He tried to undermine the election and claim that he won. The country was shocked. In a completely unexpected turn of events, Donald Trump did exactly what he said he was going to do. Jimmy Kimmel Live! The best way to describe how I'm feeling right now is somewhere between Christmas Eve and the night before a liver transplant. It's very stressful, so I want to make a suggestion to get you through election night. I have something I think can help — it's called "tequila." Late Night with Seth Meyers Yesterday was the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Because even though we live in a deeply divided nation, the one thing we can all agree on is, "sunset should be at 4:30." A caravan of Trump supporters reportedly blocked three lanes of traffic on a New Jersey highway for at least five miles by stopping their cars and waving pro-Trump flags. It was New Jersey's worst traffic jam since at least two exits back. Netflix announced last week that it will raise its standard plan prices by $1 a month. Or, about 10 cents for each person on the account. Weekend Update with Michael Che and Colin Jost You know politics in 2020 is stupid when some of the best investigative journalism is being done by Borat. Popeye's Chicken announced that they're bringing back Cajun Style Turkeys for Thanksgiving. It's a rare piece of good news for people who spend Thanksgiving at Popeye's. Late Laughs Easy as Alpha, Bravo, Charlie 'SEAL Team' returns for a fourth season

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