Sources say Hollywood journalist as the two dramas, produced by CBS Studios (MGM also produces Clarice), are in talks to upgrade to Paramount + next season. The streaming service ViacomCBS continues to grow its catalog of original series, and the two CBS shows could attract a potential integrated audience with a move.
Paramount + and CBS Studios declined to comment.
A movement for The SEAL team and Clarice is also potentially opening real estate on CBS, which has already renewed nine hour-long dramas and ordered four newcomer to series for 2021-2022. Sources say The SEAL team, which aired four seasons on CBS, could start its season with a batch of episodes on the broadcast network in the fall before moving to Paramount + for the rest of its airing.
Clarice, meanwhile, would become a Paramount + exclusive. the Thesilenceofthelambs sequel, starring Rebecca Breeds as FBI agent Clarice Starling, faced challenges with standards and practices in its first season on CBS, even as executives cheered on showrunners Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman to explore the darkest parts of history. CBS Creative Director and Showtime CEO David Nevins courted Lumet and Kurtzman to bring Clarice to the broadcast network and not to a streaming outlet.
The SEAL team has been a regular artist for CBS during its four seasons. The current season, which ends on May 26, has an average of 6.5 million viewers with one week of delayed viewing. The David Boreanaz-led show follows a SEAL unit as they undertake dangerous missions across the world.
Spencer Hudnut, Christopher Chulack, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Boreanaz are producing the series, which was created by Benjamin Cavell.
Executive production by Kurtzman and Lumet Clarice with Elizabeth Klaviter and Heather Kadin. The show averaged 6.1 million viewers during its inaugural season.
The movement of series within the ecosystem of a media conglomerate has become quite common practice over the past year. At ViacomCBS, The man who fell to earth was originally intended for Paramount + but will work on Showtime instead; a video game adaptation Halo went the other way, ending up on the streamer after being developed for Showtime.
NBCUniversal has made similar decisions with shows like The Da Vinci Code prequel Langdon and unscripted hybrid comedy series True story ranging from NBC to Peacock. Disney has also moved Love, Victor and High fidelity from Disney + to Hulu plus for adults.