SWAT is a bit of a miracle show. It’s not often that a procedural drama gets cancelled, and then has its network reverse the cancellation and order another season so that it can have a proper sendoff. It’s a gift that SWAT fans should be keeping in mind as they head into season 7, because each one of its 13 episodes is an absolute gift.
Of course, SWAT has experienced some production setbacks due to the writers and actors strike. Despite only having to produce a half season, SWAT was not been able to promote or discuss any of its plans for the future because its cast have spent most of the summer protesting for better living wages. Let’s break down what we know about the seventh (and final) season.
Does SWAT season 7 have a release date?
SWAT does not have an actual release date planned due to the aforementioned strikes, but the fact that the show will only have 13 episodes means it will likely premiere during the 2024 mid-season. The mid-season is usually considered to be around January for fall shows, which means that the window to start production and meet this tentative release schedule was rapidly closing.
The time crunch was not lost on the actors or the studios. According to Deadline, both sides were committed to signing a three-year contract that satisfies their respective demands in October and early November. “There is a feeling of optimism”, a source told the outlet. “Looks like we’re in the final stretch.”
This proved to be the case, as an official agreement was reached between the actors and studios on Wednesday, November 8. Actors are now officially able to promote their shows, and get back to work as soon as sets are prepped.
Who is part of SWAT season 7 cast?
CBS has yet to provide an official confirmation regarding the complete roster of actors for season 2, but we are expecting the return of most of the major cast members for SWAT. Here’s a list of the cast members who we anticipate will be back for the upcoming 2024 season:
- Shemar Moore as Daniel “Hondo” Harrison
- Alex Russell as Jim Street
- Kenny Johnson as Dominique Luca
- Jay Harrington as David Kay
- David Lim as Victor Tan
- Patrick St. Esprit as Robert Hicks
- Rochelle Aytes as Nichelle Carmichael
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In addition to being the series star, Shemar Moore was extremely vocal about the show’s initial cancellation, and seemingly instrumental in its season 7 renewal. “We’re the best show on Friday nights at 8 o’clock for CBS”, the actor explained on Instagram. “The last two years we’ve been killing it, us and the Fire [Country] show. … We’ve done nothing wrong. We did everything that was asked for. I don’t think we’re done. CBS is either gonna wake up and realize they made a mistake. Sony is gonna do their math and realize that this is not the right move.”
Is there a SWAT season 7 trailer?
Unfortunately, there is not yet a trailer for the new season of SWAT and it’s highly unlikely that we’ll be getting one for season 7 before the end of the year. Filming on the new season has not yet begun and with the show’s release date still undecided, there is a decent chance we won’t be getting a trailer for the new season until 2024.
As soon as a trailer for the season is released, we’ll update this piece with said trailer or promo.
Has SWAT season 7 started filming yet?
Unfortunately, no. SWAT season 7 is no longer beholden to the actors strike, since its officially been resolved, but it will still be several weeks before the show is ready to start filming. There have been some encouraging signs that suggest a start date could be imminent, though.
Several procedural shows opened up their writers rooms in October, which means scripts for new episodes were given extra time to gestate, and One Chicago that crew members were brought in to prep soundstages for all of the shows in the franchise on November 1. Hopefully this speeds up the process.
How many episodes will be in SWAT season 7?
Amy Reisenbach, the CBS Entertainment President, and Katherine Pope, the Sony Pictures TV Studios President, issued a joint statement upon confirming SWAT‘s renewal and episode count, as well as their eagerness to give fans the finale they deserve.
“We have listened to our viewers and their outpouring of passion for S.W.A.T. and we have reached an agreement to renew it for a final season of 13 episodes to air during the 2023-2024 broadcast year”, they wrote, “S.W.A.T. has aired for six seasons on CBS and garnered a devoted following. We are pleased that we found a way to bring it back and give closure to the show’s storylines and characters, which audiences deserve.”
“Once again, we appreciate the talents and efforts of the cast, writers, producers and crew and everyone who has contributed to the success of S.W.A.T. We look forward to its return next season”, Reisenbach and Pope added.
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