One of SWAT‘s cast members may have recently crossed over to the DC Extended Universe, but the future of the procedural drama is looking equally super.
With season five of the CBS series still currently airing, the US network has confirmed the show’s fate beyond its latest run – and it’s good news.
According to TVLine, SWAT is coming back for a sixth season, after continued ratings success.
Series lead Shemar Moore, who plays Sergeant II Daniel ‘Hondo’ Harrelson Jr, confirmed the series’ return on Instagram on April 9, telling fans that another year of “kicking ass” is heading their way.
“Aaaayyeeeee !!!! Homies, Fans, n Baby Girls !!!!! You heard it here first !!!!” Shemar wrote. “@swatcbs is renewed for SEASON 6 !!!!!! Another year of Kicking Ass coming your way … ROLL SWAT BABY.”
SWAT is just one of a number of shows that have been recently renewed for the upcoming 2022-23 season, with the action-packed series joining the likes of NCIS, NCIS spin-offs Los Angeles and Hawai’i, Young Sheldonand CSI: Vegas in heading back to CBS.
SWAT recently premiered its 100th episode, ‘The Fugitive’, which saw body cam footage broadcast by a local news station appearing to show Hondo shooting two police officers.
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Back in 2020, as SWAT prepared for its fourth season, the police procedural embraced a shift in tone by addressing the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the Los Angeles Police Department’s real-life involvement in the 1992 riots.
Explaining SWAT‘s “conscious” take on the issue of race, Moore told Digital Spy why they used the show’s season four opener as an opportunity to address the death of George Floyd.
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“To take on these protests and talk about the parallels of the ’92 riots with what’s happening today to address George Floyd. We have his literal words that he said as he was passing away,” the Hondo actor explained.
“We have that in the show and it was very hard and difficult for us to shoot it because we knew how poignant and real it was and still how fresh … it was.”
Moore continued: “But I took a lot of pride, as a lot of us did, the crew, the actors, the writers … to be able to stand out there, on this show, and march down the street and hear George Floyd’s words in a peaceful protest, to put that on the screen, through our show, that’s bigger than all of us. ”
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