‘S.W.A.T.’ is an action-drama TV show that tells the story of Sergeant Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson and his elite Special Weapons and Tactics Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. It is a modern rendition of the 1975 namesake series, created by Robert Hamner and Rick Husky. The series also draws some inspiration from the eponymous 2003 Clark Johnson film. Developed by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and Shawn Ryan, the show explores the complex relationship between the LAPD and the ordinary people of Los Angeles through the perspective of its protagonist, who is a native of the city as well as a fiercely loyal member of the force.
‘S.W.A.T.’ shares its universe with ‘The Shield’, the FX crime-drama also developed by Ryan. It premiered on November 2, 2017, and has aired three seasons to date. With the sudden ending of season 3 after the production was shut down due to the COVID outbreak, many of you must be curious about the return dates of the popular police procedural. Here is everything we know about ‘S.W.A.T.’ season 4!
S.W.A.T. Season 4 Release Date
‘S.W.A.T.’ season 3 premiered on October 2, 2019, on CBS, and ran for 21 episodes before concluding on May 20, 2020. Originally, the producers had plans to end season 3 with 22 episodes in total. However, owing to the pandemic, the production was halted in March 2020, with the shooting for the final episode still to be completed. Ultimately, episode 21 served as the makeshift finale of season 3. On May 6, 2020, the network announced that the renewal of the series for season 4.
Later that month, CBS released its 2020-2021 Fall Primetime Schedule, according to which the next season of ‘S.W.A.T.’ was supposed to premiere as a midseason replacement at some point in early 2021. However, in July, CBS brought ‘S.W.A.T.’ forward in their schedule to replace the reality series ‘Survivor’ and repositioned it on the Wednesdays, 10 pm ET slot. On August 4, 2020, Thomas took to social media to announce that the filming for the upcoming season has begun. If everything goes according to the plan, we can expect ‘S.W.A.T.’ season 4 to premiere sometime in late October or early November 2020 on CBS.
We start day 1 production on season 4 of #SWAT today. An experience sure to be full of triumphs and lessons minute by minute. To the best cast and crew on TV, be safe, be responsible and #rollSWAT. @SWATWritersRoom @swatcbs pic.twitter.com/BGMaYixXZl
— Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (@ARThomasTV) August 4, 2020
Amidst the Black Lives Matter protests, there has been a sub-movement that seeks to stop all glorified portrayals of law enforcement in entertainment. The show’s writers took to Twitter to address this issue. The statement went on to “encourage protesters to express their frustrations peacefully and implore law enforcement to descale conflicts, not exacerbate them.” Check out the heartfelt post below!
— SWATWritersRoom (@SWATWritersRoom) June 2, 2020
S.W.A.T. Season 4 Cast: Who is in it?
Shemar Moore leads the cast as Hondo. The series also stars Alex Russell as Officer III Jim Street, Lina Esco as Officer III Chris Alonso, Kenny Johnson as Officer III+1 Dominique Luca, Jay Harrington as Sergeant II David “Deacon” Kay, and David Lim as Officer III Victor Tan. Patrick St. Esprit appears as Commander Robert Hicks, while Amy Farrington plays Lieutenant Detective Piper Lynch. Bailey Chase plays the role of Owen Bennett.
Lou Ferrigno Jr. essays the role of Sergeant II Donovan Rocker, while Rochelle Aytes appears as Nichelle. Almost all the main cast members might return in the upcoming season. Donald Dash is all set to portray Younger Rondo in season 4. Veteran actor Obba Babatundé plays Hondo’s father in the show, while Rico E. Anderson is set to appear as the younger version of the character.
S.W.A.T. Season 4 Plot: What can it be About?
In the season 3 finale, the squad is in hot pursuit of a group of drug smugglers and their enigmatic leader, Diablo. After causing the criminals’ plane to crash land in the suburbs, the team launches a door-to-door search. Chris gets shot by Diablo and his men, but her vest saves her life. During a confrontation with Hondo, Diablo speaks about preventing an impending incident that Hondo and his team will want to stop as well.
However, before he can reveal what it is, he is shot by Luca through the window. Hondo and Nichelle’s relationship seems to have fallen apart. Street and Alonso develop a connection through their shared sense of grief of losing their parents. Deacon candidly speaks to some rookies about how important it is to look after one’s own mental health.
Episode 22 of ‘S.W.A.T.’ season 3 was supposed to be about teenage Hondo witnessing the 1992 L.A. Riots. The producers have plans to still air that episode, now as either season 4 premiere or one of the other initial episodes. The series might also reveal exactly what Diablo was talking about. Nichelle might return from her trip, and her and Hondo’s dynamics might receive some focus in the season.
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