These three new dramas suggest a trend in pro-military TV. With the current political climate, TV execs think it's time for the true heroes — with beards — to step up and get the bad guys.
The Brave (10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, NBC): A Special Ops team goes on covert missions in Syria, led by Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), in this patriotic procedural. Anne Heche calls the shots from D.C., but she's undergoing some personal trauma that will for sure be part of the overall story. It's not a combat procedural, but more of an espionage drama, like Showtime's Homeland.
SEAL Team (9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, CBS): Who wouldn't want David Boreanaz to save us from terrorists? The Bones alum plays Jason Hayes, a true hero who can go on dangerous overseas Navy SEAL missions and still make it to his kid's piano recital. The show is heavy on the action, as well as the personal lives of its characters. Max Thieriot (Bates Motel) plays the scrappy new guy who's getting in the way, and Jessica Pare (Mad Men), who plays a CIA analyst, reminds us that she's not the best actor — but she's trying really hard.
Valor (9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, CW): This sexy military drama focuses on two elite pilots who are the only ones to return from a dangerous mission in Somalia. The two (Matt Barr and Christina Ochoa) must contend with their secrets about what really happened on the mission and fight for a chance to go back for their comrades.