It’s Navy SEAL overload this winter, at least on both the big and small screens. As we recently reported here on SOFREP, a new SEAL movie will release on Super Bowl weekend of 2017. It now looks like we can add a SEAL television show to that mix.
As reported way back in early 2016, The History Channel is producing a scripted television show about the now-well known Navy SEAL unit, SEAL Team SIX, which is conveniently enough entitled, “Six.” The show was originally set to debut back in the summer of 2016, but apparently one of the lead actors had to pull out of the project due to unspecified health issues. The show is now officially set to debut on January 18, 2017, per The History Channel.
According to an article from Entertainment Weekly, Harvey Weinstein, of The Weinstein Company, teamed up with “Apollo 13” and “Jarhead” writer William Broyles and The History Channel to produce and write the show. It will feature eight episodes in its first season, premiering in January. David Broyles, the son of William, is also reportedly writing some of the episodes alongside his father. David is reportedly a Special Operations veteran, though it is unclear in what capacity he served.
The new SEAL-based show is reported to be based upon “actual” SEAL Team SIX missions, presumably those reported on in the news media, combined with those that former SEAL and the show’s technical advisor Mitchell Hall is able to talk about with the show runners. Hall also served as an advisor to “Zero Dark Thirty,” the film which very loosely chronicled the CIAs hunt for Usama Bin Ladin, and the Special Operations mission into Pakistan that ultimately resulted in Bin Ladin’s death.
According to Deadline.com, in what can only be described as awesome news for the fledgling series, “Justified” actor, and one of the stars of HBO’s “Vice Principals,” Walton Goggins, is set to star in the new SEAL-based drama. Goggins’ character, also a SEAL, is named Rip Taggert, which, I will grant you, is an awful name. It is straight out of an 80’s Chuck Norris movie. Anyway, Taggert is reportedly captured by Nigerian terror group Boko Haram early on in the season, and the SEAL Team SIX unit must then go and rescue him.
Goggins replaced original star — and, more notably, husband of Sofia Vergara — Joe Manganiello, as the lead in the program, after the latter was forced to step down. No offense to Manganiello, who I am sure is a swell guy, but Goggins brings just the right amount of batshit crazy swagger to every role he inhabits, which should serve him well in this particular endeavor. At his best, his Boyd Crowder, from “Justified,” is like a portrayal of Rick Grimes, from the “Walking Dead,” if Grimes was a backwoods hillbilly bootlegger instead of a sheriff’s deputy.
Check Goggins out here, as Crowder, in “Justified.”
“Six” is just the second scripted drama to be produced by The History Channel, after the series “Vikings.” We can only hope that it proves to be entertaining, and not too far out there in terms of realism and accuracy. Stand by for reviews once the series debuts. We have you covered, as always, here on the SOFREP entertainment beat.
(Photo courtesy of The History Channel).