Part of the journey is the end, and the thrilling journey of Sergeant II Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson Jr. is about to fulfill its last chapter! Continue reading to find out more about S.W.A.T. Season 7.
The summer streaming season has been full of surprises on CBS, and the anticipation among various fandoms has reached new heights as they have been wondering if their favorite shows will be a part of the schedule or not. If you are wondering the same, then we are certain that one of the most talked-about series in the catalog is none other than S.W.A.T!
There will be major debates and queries relating to its current status raised by fans in the upcoming weeks. Especially since the sixth season aired the finale episode on May 19, 2023, which ended with a major cliffhanger, leaving the fans questioning, “Whether the new season of this popular action drama series is coming this month?” or “If not this month, then when?”
If you want all the answers, then we can assure you that you have reached the right place because we at Web News Observer have compiled all the latest information about the potential release date! Here is everything we currently know about CBS’s S.W.A.T. Season 7.
S.W.A.T. Season 7 Release Date: When will it release on CBS?
Even though the previously confirmed 2023–24 fall schedule of CBS indicated that the new season would make its official return sometime around the fall season, October 2023 is the ideal release window, with new episodes premiering every Friday at 8:00 p.m. on the CBS network, which was a great update for the viewers to get a heads-up! Sadly, the celebrations were short-lived, as since the early announcement, things seem to have taken a wide turn, which was quite unexpected!
This report has been confirmed by CBS, as they have decided to shift the entirety of the fall schedule until next year as the network won’t be able to premiere any scripted shows due to the lack of active writers and actors that are taking part in the ongoing strikes, which include the ongoing 2023 Writers Guild of America strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, which started weeks ago and doesn’t seem to end anytime soon, causing many Hollywood production houses to halt their work temporarily.
This makes any anticipation for the show’s official return in August 2023 completely impossible!
Many reports have also confirmed that the writing for the upcoming season has not even started yet, which is quite unfortunate when we consider the fact that filming usually begins by the summer season if the network is aiming for its fall release later this year. Hence, there is no chance that the beloved procedural action drama television series will be able to be a part of CBS’s 2023–24 broadcast schedule or be released this year at all! The network might revise its 2023 Fall schedule by airing reruns of S.W.A.T. with other scripted shows in their respective time slots.
Hence, the expectation of the series returning sometime around the fall of 2023 seems very bleak at the moment. The network might be considering beginning production later this year by setting a new release window for the series to officially make its comeback and premiere sometime in 2024 while retaining the release of new episodes at the same time slot in order to avoid any hurdles in the execution process that can cause unnecessary delays that no one wants.
For your consideration, we speculate that the new season might premiere in the first quarter of 2024, which begins in January and lasts until March.
Only if the production begins later this year with the same time slot on a weekly basis without causing any unwanted changes in the previously confirmed primetime schedule. In conclusion, any updates relating to this subject are still up for debate, as if the strikes conclude within the next few weeks, then the series might also begin airing by late 2023. As it has already been hinted at by George Cheeks, President and CEO of CBS and Chief Content Officer, who stated during a keynote at Banff moderated by Deadline’s Peter White:
“We wanted to build our schedule for when the world goes back to normal.” Further adding, “Once we had done that, once we locked it in, we spent a lot of time focusing on what it was going to look like.” He elaborated that a revised CBS fall scheduling plan is expected to be revealed soon. “First of all, obviously it’s going to be very reality-heavy,” he added. George Cheeks was also questioned about the studio’s discussions with the leading Hollywood guilds and the ongoing WGA strike.
He discussed the variations between the broadcast and streaming economic models and referred to the recently achieved preliminary deal with the DGA as “helpful.” Hence, after looking at these statements, it’s pretty much safe to say that the majority of the show’s release date from the CBS fall schedule will be changed. So, we recommend readers follow social media to catch up with all the details whenever they are published and follow the announcements made by official sources in order to be up-to-date with the status of the strikes and series production.
Also, check out the official renewal announcement as confirmed by the cast and crew of the show, quoting, “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,” Amy Reisenbach, President, CBS Entertainment, and Katherine Pope, President, Sony Pictures Television Studios, said in a joint statement.
Further adding, “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.”
Take a look at the official statement below:
— S.W.A.T. (@swatcbs) May 9, 2023
S.W.A.T. Season 7 Plot: What can the fans expect to see in the new season?
Not much has been disclosed about the plot, but the new season will definitely explore the basic premise which follows:
Daniel Harrelson, a Los Angeles S.W.A.T. lieutenant, is assigned to lead a highly skilled unit in the community where he grew up. Torn between loyalty to the streets, where the cops are sometimes the enemy, and allegiance to his brothers in blue, he strategically straddles the two worlds. Hondo encourages his team to rely on communication and respect over force and aggression, but when a crisis erupts, these unflinching men and women are prepared to put their tactical training to the test.
Lastly, even though there is so much silence about the exact plot, there is no doubt that the new season will continue the plot and character arcs from the finale episode, “Legacy,” of the sixth season, in which the viewers got to see that the team works with the DEA to stop a ruthless cartel boss waging war on the streets of Los Angeles as he exacts revenge on those who killed his son. Also, take a look at the official 10-second promo of the final episode if you haven’t streamed the prior season yet.
S.W.A.T. Season 7 Cast: Who will reprise their roles?
The main cast members of the series who are expected to reprise their roles are as follows: Shemar Moore as Sergeant II Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson Jr., Alex Russell as Officer III James “Jim” Street, Kenny Johnson as Officer III+1 Dominique Luca, David Lim as Officer III Victor Tan, Patrick St. Esprit as Commander Robert Hicks, Rochelle Aytes as Nichelle Carmichael, and Jay Harrington as Sergeant II David “Deacon” Kay.
The recurring cast members include Lou Ferrigno Jr. as Sergeant II Donovan Rocker, David Ress Snell as Detective John Burrows, Anna Enger Ritch as Officer III Zoe Powell, Brigitte Kali Canales as Officer III Alexis Cabrera, Mark Labella as LEK, Niko Pepaj as Officer III Miguel Alfaro, and Kelly Overton as Officer III Eva Durant. There can be some additions and removals from the cast, which will be confirmed later as the filming of the final episodes begins.
So, the cast members who are reported to not return are Stephanie Sigman as SWAT Captain Jessica Cortez left to join the FBI and has not been seen since, so there is a chance she might not return; Lina Esco as SWAT Officer Chris Alonso has also left to pursue other projects, which makes her return a bit uncertain; Peter Onorati as Jeff Mumford left the series, last appearing in season 4, with his character Jeff retiring after being shot; and Amy Farrington as Lieutenant Piper Lynch last appeared in season 4, and it’s unlikely we will see her reappear as the series comes to an end.
Lastly, the action drama is produced by Sony Pictures Television and CBS Studios. Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Shawn Ryan, Justin Lin, Neal Moritz, Marney Hochman, Danielle Woodrow, Pavun Shetty, Allison Cross, Craig Gore, Billy Gierhart, and Andy Dettman executive produce.
— S.W.A.T. (@swatcbs) July 12, 2023
S.W.A.T. Season 7 Episodes: Where to stream?
The next season is confirmed to include 13 episodes with a running time of 44 minutes, which makes it a short season as the final farewell of the beloved series. The episodes are expected to drop on a weekly basis, which is perfect for rolling out the episodes on a proper schedule. Moreover, the official episode title and synopsis of the season have not been revealed yet. There is no chance the show creators will release such information this early on, as it could lead to potential spoilers!
Moreover, all the seasons of the show are available on the CBS channel and later on Paramount Plus. The viewers can use live streaming services to watch the show on YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV.
It is also available to stream on FuboTV or Hulu Plus, depending on the preferred membership plans that the users can choose from. It is also available for free on Pluto, depending on the viewer’s location. For an international audience, Sony Pictures Television distributes the series. The show airs on Sunday nights on Sky Max in the United Kingdom. The show airs on Wednesday nights on AXN Asia in Southeast Asia. The series streams on Netflix in the United States.
— Sony Pictures Television 📺 (@SPTV) May 25, 2023
S.W.A.T. Season 7 Frequently Asked Questions
Was S.W.A.T. Season 7 canceled?
Yes! Back in May 2023, the series was canceled after six seasons at CBS, but later on May 8, 2023, after an outcry from fans regarding its cancellation, CBS eventually reversed its decision to reinstate the series for a seventh season with 13 episodes. This season will continue to release each Friday starting at the 8:00 p.m. time slot on CBS and later available on Paramount Plus.
Is it the last season?
Yes! After being uncanceled, the series was renewed for a seventh and final season at CBS a few days later, making it the final chapter of this show, with the release window set to premiere sometime around the first quarter of 2024.
In which universe does the series take place?
The show exists in a shared universe with the FX crime drama The Shield, which Ryan also created. The series is based on the 1975 television series of the same name created by Robert Hamner, developed by Rick Husky, and the 2003 movie of the same name by Clark Johnson.
Is there any official teaser trailer released?
Yes! The network recently released a short 16-second teaser trailer that highlights that this season will, in fact, be the final season, as after six seasons, S.W.A.T. will return for one last mission on CBS. The teaser features Shemar Moore, Kenny Johnson, Stephanie Sigman, and Alex Russell, which is based on the 1975 television series of the same name created by Robert Hamner, developed by Rick Husky, and the 2003 movie of the same name by Clark Johnson.
The teaser emphasizes that the series centers on Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson. A lifelong Los Angeles local and former Marine, Hondo has been tapped to lead a new “last stop” Special Weapons and Tactics unit of the LAPD. Because he is both black and L.A.-born and raised, Hondo feels deeply loyal not only to his “brothers in blue” but also to the people they serve. Take a look at the official teaser trailer below:
While you wait for S.W.A.T. Season 7, catch up with all the previous seasons to recall the plotlines and characters.