Monday, May 20, 2024

‘SWAT’ Surprises with Season 8 Renewal Despite Previous Cancellation

Shemar Moore
Shemar Moore as Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson on SWAT. (Photo by Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images)

*After facing cancellation and a reversal, the CBS action-drama series “SWAT” has been renewed for an eighth season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network initially “billed this season of SWAT as its final one after negotiations with Sony over licensing fees and a reduced episode order,” the outlet writes. 

CBS recently labeled the May 17 episode of SWAT as a “series finale.” However, the series is now slated to return in the 2024-25 season.

“Here at CBS, we always ‘stay liquid’ and love a good dramatic twist, especially when it leads to an eighth season of SWAT,” said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment. 

“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,” Reisenbach continued. “We’re very pleased to renew it again and incredibly grateful to our partners at Sony and CBS Studios and Shemar for working so closely with us to bring it back for next season.”

Shemar Moore (Getty)
Shemar Moore (Getty)

Sony Pictures TV Studios president Katherine Pope added,  “Led by the unstoppable Shemar Moore, SWAT 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. 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.”

Executive producer and co-showrunner Shawn Ryan said “It’s a privilege to get to deliver more SWAT 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,” Ryan continued. “We’re grateful to CBS, Sony Pictures Television and CBS Studios for the opportunity.”

Dettman called the renewal a “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.”

Series star Shemar Moore said he is “grateful to the fans around the world who have supported, watched, enjoyed and rooted for SWAT. It is entirely because of this support that SWAT will continue to shine!”

READ MORE: Shemar Moore Celebrates After CBS Reverses Decision to Cancel ‘S.W.A.T.’

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