David Boreanaz to Star in CBS Navy SEAL Drama Pilot

David Boreanaz
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David Boreanaz has landed the lead role in CBS’ upcoming Navy SEAL drama pilot, taking over from Jim Caviezel, Variety has confirmed. Caviezel left the pilot over creative differences.

Boreanaz is best known for playing Seeley Booth on the Fox procedural “Bones” for its entire 12-season run opposite Emily Deschanel. The show is set to air its series finale on March 28. He also played the character Angel on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and his own standalone series.

He is repped by CAA, Visionary Entertainment, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.

In the CBS pilot, he will play Jason, the respected, committed leader of his assault team who’s been through over a dozen deployments. He joins A.J. Buckley, who plays the self-destructive, on-edge but loyal Sonny; Max Thieriot, a millennial SEAL who is extremely capable but deeply insecure beneath layers of swagger and confidence; Neil Brown Jr. as Ray, the longest-tenured member of Jason’s assault team, and his most trusted friend and colleague; and Toni Trucks as Diaz, the logistics officer who is responsible for making the arrangements to get the team and their gear where they need to be.

The pilot, about the lives of elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask, hails from “Justified” and “Sneaky Pete” scribe Ben Cavell, who will write and exec produce. Chris Chulack is exec producer and director, with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly also exec producing for CBS Television Studios. Ed Redlich will exec produce and serve as showrunner.

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  1. John Th says:

    Could they have picked a more boring actor? Bring back Caviezel

  2. Barbara Stagner says:

    I was delighted to see Jim Caviezel coming back to TV. This role is tailor made for him. As much as I like David Boreanaz, I can’t see him in this role. I won’t be watching.

  3. txbritgal says:

    Any word yet a) the name of this show, and b) has CBS officially picked this pilot up to be a series on the network next year???? After the bloodbath of cancelled shows announced it would be nice to hear David Bireanaz and this amazing show from the sounds of it will make an appearance!!!

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      Watch me answer both in 1: There is no title, b/c CBS made one correct decision regarding their Fall schedule, & that was that once Jim left & David “Bones Show Emotion Better” Boreanaz replaced him, they decided this thing didn’t need a title nor a spot on their network!

      In fact, this just in: They will likewise not be offering it on their Website’s low-price “All-Access” option, due to its few viewers commenting anyone involved has paid enough!

  4. Joan Kelly says:

    David Boreanaz is one of the finest actors on TV to come along in many years!
    i am so looking forward to watching this new show…

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      “Finest”? No chance. “Busiest”, maybe. They keep hiring him, hoping they’ll find him a “Bones” or “Angel” where he;ll be decent, not one where casting him will kill its future.

  5. Barbara says:

    When does the show “Navy Seals” begin airing? I love anything David Boreanaz plays in. I hated to see Bones end because David & Emily were so good together. I will greatly miss the show “Bones”.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      I was unaware they had titled the show. However, maybe they should use a title similar to that, as trained seals (& paid workers) will be the only ones applauding when the show airs.

      Emily & David may have been good together (same as Sarah & David), but only one of them was good solo.

  6. bonrex says:

    That should say “that says a lot ” darn autocorrect lol

  7. bonrex says:

    David is going to Rock this role just as he has with Angel and Booth and the roles he has done in film. He puts his whole heart in his work and that days a lot. He does and always has supported the people of the armed forces as well as Booth his character in Bones was a sniper. I look forward to seeing him in his new role I was saddened when we heard Bones was ending with only 12 episodes, but they gave the show justice and David did good with acting,producing as well as directing. I wish the show the best of luck. Will be nice to see how long it goes.

  8. wishinwell says:

    Liked Caviezel in “Person of Interest” had a good cast first few seasons then show changed cast -wasn’t as interesting or good- stopped watching

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      If anything, cast improved till they rid of Acker.

      Since you seem to be disagreeing minority, maybe you will enjoy this mistaken casting on Jim’s (I mean David’s) new show.

  9. Estella says:

    Looking forward to this show with David Boreanaz. He will be perfect in the lead role.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      Only if (similar to Caviezel’s work in the “Passion” film) his character dies before the pilot’s end, & is replaced by someone else to lead… Maybe, to reflect his prior work, his character could continue to exist somewhere in the main setting, but only the “Bones”/spirit/memory.

  10. I wonder what creative differences means since the only religious problem I can think that Jim would be if the character is gay and you would think that would be something he would know before agreeing. I know David will do a good job in his place though.

  11. July Lark says:

    This is an interesting show considering the current political environment and David will be a great unit leader. I am looking forward to it. Looks likeJim Cavieizel’s reputation has proceeded him. David has also supported the armed service all 12 years of Bones as his character had a military background. With one expression Cavieizel being gone, I will give this show a chance.

  12. Ler says:

    Very excited that Boreanaz will be lead. If you saw his 12 years of work on Bones on Fox you’d realize that he is perfect! So happy. Will be viewing

  13. DACK says:

    Very, very disappointed in this news. I was looking forward to having JC play this role considering his experience training with the Coronado Navy Seals for POI and his deep respect and friendship with them. I know he would have brought great accuracy and committment to the role so IMHO the creative differences would have been pretty big for him to step away from this role. Best of luck for the series, but I will be taking a pass with no JC in the title role.

    • I completely agree with your assessment. Jim Cavieizel has supported the military for years. His friendship with active and retired SEALs would have been their greatest resource for authenticity. My enthusiasm for this show has died along with the future of this show. It could have been so much more.

  14. tjchurch2001 says:

    Making this change, & yet not adding SEALS Sam Hanna or Sam Axe?! That SEALS the fate of this show.

    Jim is the exact opposite of “Dead-talent-pool” Ryan Reynolds: When he has creative differences with anyone, you toss THEM!!!

    • Estella says:

      “Jim is the exact opposite of “Dead-talent-pool” Ryan Reynolds: When he has creative differences with anyone, you toss THEM!!!”

      And yet it would appear that did not happen, because Jim is out and David is in, so apparently TPTB on this new drama do not agree with you.

      • tjchurch2001 says:

        Read first paragraph again:

        “Caviezel left the pilot over creative differences.” So TPTB did not have the chance to/choice of making this bad decision.

  15. SPIKE says:

    A disappointing substitute.

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