Thursday, April 11, 2024

CBS Renews 'S.W.A.T.' for Season 8

In a surprising reversal, CBS has today renewed its original drama series S.W.A.T. for an eighth season. The drama will now return as part of the broadcast network's upcoming 2024-25 schedule.

This marks the second time CBS has reversed a prior cancellation of the drama. In May 2023, the network cancelled the drama after six seasons only to renew it for a seventh and final season a few days later after a new financial agreement was made with Sony Pictures Television. The seventh season is currently airing and has been billed as the final season. And now, CBS is opting to continue with the drama. The series has not yet completed production of its current season. That means a series finale wasn't actually filmed yet.

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

Original cast members Alex Russell and Kenny Johnson departed the cast in early episodes of the current seventh season.

Shawn Ryan and Andrew Dettmann serve as co-showrunners on the drama. They executive produce with Moore, Justin Lin, Neal H. Moritz, Marney Hochman, Pavun Shetty, Billy Gierhart and James Scura. CBS Studios, Sony Pictures Television, MiddKid Productions, Original Film and Perfect Storm Entertainment produce.

"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 Entertainment. "The show continues to resonate with viewers thanks to our talented cast led by Shermar 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."

"It's a privilege to get to deliver more S.W.A.T. stories to our incredible fans," added Ryan. "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. 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," shared Dettmann. "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. 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!" exclaimed Moore. "I am so proud of this show and the people and variables it has taken to make this show what is is and has become. 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!"