The Equalizer is still going strong on CBS. The companion to the film franchise of the same name starring Denzel Washington, and the reboot of the 1980s series starring Edward Woodward, has been renewed for a fourth season. It was originally supposed to air during the fall, but the writers and actors strike have made it so that the show will be returning at some point in 2024.
That being said, the actors and the studios were finally able to reach agreement on Wednesday, November 8, which means production on shows like The Equalizer could be able to start up pretty soon. Here’s everything we know about season 4 in the meantime.
Does The Equalizer season 4 have a release date?
The Equalizer, like every other scripted drama on television, was put on hold due to the strike, and did not have a proper release date for several months due to the fact that CBS was unsure when the show would be able to resume. It makes sense– in a fall television season that’s been defined by disappointing delays and updates, the last thing a network would want to do is jump the gun on an announcement and then have to walk it back if the strike persists.
Fortunately, shows took steps to prepare before the strike was resolved. The writers rooms for multiple shows were opened up, and some of them have made so much progress on the scripting for upcoming seasons that they impacted casting decisions. Then there was the decision made by the crew for One Chicago, who came back a week before the strike was resolved to decorate the soundstages for all three shows. The preparation paid off since we now have an official release date!
TV Insider reports that The Equalizer season 4 will premiere on Sunday, February 18.
Who is part of The Equalizer season 4 cast?
CBS hasn’t provided an official confirmation regarding the complete roster of actors for season 4, but we are expecting the return of most of the major cast members for The Equalizer. Here’s a list of the cast members who we anticipate will be back for the upcoming 2024 season:
- Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall aka The Equalizer
- Tory Kittles as Marcus Dante
- Adam Goldberg as Harry Keshegian
- Liza Lapira as Melody “Mel” Bayani
- Laya DeLeon Hayes as Delilah
- Lorraine Toussaint as Viola “Aunt Vi” Marsette
The Equalizer is no stranger to shocking character exits. Chris Noth, who played ex-CIA director William Bishop during seasons 1-2, was killed off in shocking fashion when his plane went down in the season 2 finale. This was due to the fact that Noth was fired following allegations of sexual misconduct from several women, according to Entertainment Weekly.
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“We are figuring out what we want to do creatively on the show and how we’re going to deal with that character,” Latifah told People. “Chris’s character [is] obviously a big part of the show and it was amazing chemistry, amazing chemistry. And my feeling is justice has to prevail regardless.” Fortunately, the main cast made it out of season 3 in one piece, so there’s no reason to assume that they won’t be back in 2024.
Is there a The Equalizer season 4 trailer?
Unfortunately, there is not yet a trailer for season 4 of The Equalizer and it’s very unlikely that we’ll be getting one before the end of the year. Filming on the new season has not yet begun and with the show’s release date still up in the air, despite the strike being over, there is a very good 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 The Equalizer season 4 started filming yet?
We wish the answer was yes, but The Equalizer will need at least a few weeks to prepare now that the actors strike is over. Queen Latifah and the rest of the actors will need to sign whatever SAG-AFTRA contract was agreed upon, and the networks need to prep the crew before production is launched once more.
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, the SAG-AFTRA national executive director and chief negotiator, told ABC 7 that he was cautiously optimistic in the days leading up to the agreement. “It could be sometime in the coming days or weeks — yeah, it could be, but it all depends on the companies coming forward and making moves that let us reach that deal”, he explained. “We’re working every day to accomplish that, so I hope it’s really soon.”
His gut proved right, and Hollywood is back on track.
How many episodes will be in The Equalizer season 4?
The first season of The Equalizer was only 10 episodes, but seasons 2 and 3 increased to 18 episodes a piece. This makes the show consistently shorter than most procedural shows, which is a trend that will continue given the production crunch brought about by the actors strike.
Most fall shows will have less than 20 episodes due to the shortened amount of production time they have, but the good news for Equalizer fans is that season 4 will probably wind up with close to 10-13 episodes, per TV Insider, so there won’t be much of a difference (outside of the wait to see them, of course).
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