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SWAT Shocker: CBS Renews the Previously-Canceled Series for Season 8

April 11, 2024 by  

SWAT renewed season 8

“Good for Nothing” – 20-Squad must leap into action when Yakuza Assassins descend on L.A., targeting a number of mysterious Japanese ex-pats. Meanwhile, Nichelle finds her job on the line at the Inspector General’s office when a colleague accuses her of taking bribes, on S.W.A.T., Friday, March 1 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs)*. Pictured (L-R): Jay Harrington as David “Deacon” Kay and Shemar Moore as Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson. Photo: Bill Inoshita / © Sony Pictures Television Inc. All Rights Reserved.

SWAT has been uncanceled—again—CBS has announced: The series will return for an eighth season.

“Here at CBS, we always ‘stay liquid’ and love a good dramatic twist, especially when it leads to an eighth season of S.W.A.T.!” said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainmen in a statement. “The show continues to resonate with viewers thanks to our talented cast led by Shemar Moore and our amazing writers and producers who keep the show relevant and action-packed. We’re very pleased to renew it again and incredibly grateful to our partners at SONY, CBS Studios and Shemar for working so closely with us to bring it back for next season.”

“Led by the unstoppable Shemar Moore, S.W.A.T. has captivated viewers since its premiere in 2017, and with every renewal, we are amazed at how passionate and dedicated the fans of this show are,” added Katherine Pope, president of Sony Pictures Television Studios. “Thank you to Amy Reisenbach and our partners at CBS for continuing to believe in the show and the incredible work of the cast and crew. Everyone here at Sony Pictures Television is so proud of the world that Shawn, Aaron, Andy and the entire S.W.A.T. team have created, and we congratulate them on coming back for another year. Roll SWAT!”

“It’s a privilege to get to deliver more S.W.A.T. stories to our incredible fans. This season eight pickup is a testament to our showrunner Andy Dettmann, Shemar Moore, the rest of our talented cast and our dedicated crew who continue to produce television that resonates with so many people,” said executive producer/co-showrunner Shawn Ryan. “We’re grateful to CBS, Sony Pictures Television and CBS Studios for the opportunity.”

“All of us at S.W.A.T. are thrilled by the news of a season eight. Shemar and I had many conversations throughout the production of season seven, confident that if we continued to tell great stories punctuated by SWAT’s signature action, our amazing fans would stay with us, giving us a good shot at another season,” said Andrew Dettmann, co-showrunner/executive producer. “At the end of the day, this is the well-deserved payoff for all the time, energy and effort put in by an incredible cast and crew working with the constant support of our partners at Sony Pictures Television and everyone at CBS. We look forward to an exciting season eight.”

“S.W.A.T. IS BACK! BELIEVE IN MIRACLES! I am so proud of this show and the people and variables it has taken to make this show what it is and has become,” said Shemar Moore, series star and executive producer. “I am so grateful to the fans around the world who have supported, watched, enjoyed and rooted for S.W.A.T.! It is entirely because of this support that S.W.A.T. will continue to shine! This is still a dream job for me … I love my S.W.A.T. crew, cast and writers and producers – we have made an incredible, fun, exciting, provocative and heartwarming show for the world to enjoy. Thank you to CBS and SONY for believing in S.W.A.T. and giving us this opportunity to shine!”

The series was initially canceled, and then swiftly uncanceled back in May, at the beginning days of the WGA strike.

“It was hard because, during the strike, I’m not looking to have communications with people that work at the studio or network,” Ryan told Give Me My Remote at a SWAT-themed WGA and SAG-AFTRA picket in August. “So I think the strike led to some confusion about what was possible and what wasn’t possible in terms of the production. So I think the cancellation came a little prematurely, without all the available information. And so once all that information was collected, people realized, ‘Oh, a seventh season is possible, financially speaking and creatively speaking.’”

“The show had done really well in season 6,” he continues. “I want to give credit to Andrew Dettmann, who took over the showrunning duties in season 6, so I can’t take credit for the resurgence in ratings; I give credit to Andy and his team. But…I think if all the drama hadn’t been going on [with the WGA strike], I think more direct conversations would have been happening behind the scenes that would have prevented the cancellation.”

Ultimately, “it wasn’t a show that CBS wanted to cancel,” he says. “It just required some back-channeling about what the production was capable of. I’m really glad it got worked out.”

The series stars Moore, Jay Harrington, David Lim, Patrick St. Esprit, Rochelle Aytes, and Anna Enger Ritch.


SWAT, Fridays, 8/7c, CBS


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