What is the fate of this beloved procedural action drama television series? Here is everything we know about the current status of S.W.A.T. Season 7.
All of the viewers who have tuned in to watch the show, which first premiered on November 2, 2017, are now left wondering whether the latest reports are true or not. Hence, it is reasonable to inquire about the show’s future plans, which have received a good reception over the years. It is fair to say that this show has captured the interest of viewers who want to know more about the fate of these beloved characters.
Unfortunately, this year’s long run seems to be ending for good with the cancellation of the seventh season. Yes! You read it right, the journey of the popular show, which is based on the 1975 television series of the same name, has been short-lived, as in May 2023, the network officially confirmed the circulating reports that the series has been scrapped after six amazing seasons on the CBS network.
So, if you’re interested in learning more about why Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Daniel Harrelson is finally saying goodbye to this popular television series, then you’ve come to the right place! Especially for you, we at Web News Observer have compiled a list of all the most important and up-to-date information about this sudden cancellation. Continue reading to find out more.
S.W.A.T. Season 7: Why the series has been canceled?
When the cancellation news broke on the internet, it was quite shocking, as “S.W.A.T.” is one of the most watched broadcast series to suddenly get the axe with its sixth season, which has been confirmed to be the final season, ending the overall plot of the show. This move has started debates all over social media as to how a major broadcasting network like CBS can make such a decision when the 2023–34 television season has just begun and there is so much to look forward to in the coming months.
According to an exclusive report by Deadline, one of the major reasons for its cancelation has been a financial disagreement between CBS and lead studio Sony TV. It has been reported that these early renewals coincided with the network maintaining the same license charge, which put further strain on the budget and severely reduced the show’s profit margins as expenditures rose annually. Sony was unwilling to extend the license for a second time at a flat rate because doing so would jeopardise the show’s business plan, making the cancellation proceed further.
In addition to the likely budget cuts that many shows are currently experiencing, the ongoing writer’s strike has also been suggested as a significant factor that may have directly contributed to the interruption or even cancellation of the show. The future of this show appears to be ending for the time being, but the fans are still fervently hoping that a new agreement can be reached to have it repeated for one more season so we may bid farewell to these cherished characters who have kept us delighted for the past six years!
Right now, it also seems like it’s time to call it quits on S.W.A.T. for good, as the chances of the series revival on some other network also seem bleak, and the overall plot of the series can’t be expanded further without considering the questions left unanswered from the last seasons. It also appears that most of the crucial plotlines are also exhausted. But on the bright side, the network recently approved renewals for other series, which will be a great alternative for viewers to stream new shows on the CBS catalog.
S.W.A.T. Season 7: Take a look at some comments about the cancellation
“For six seasons, the amazing talents of the S.W.A.T. cast led by Shemar Moore, the writers, producers, and crew guided by Executive Producers Shawn Ryan, Andy Dettman, and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas brought us compelling, action-packed episodes that also addressed important social issues and contributed to the success of our primetime lineup,” said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment.
Further adding, “We sincerely thank them for their incredible work and passion and also thank our dedicated fans who tuned in every week.”
Despite maintaining good ratings the show isn’t moving forward to which exec producer/showrunner Ryan, told Deadline back in March, quoting, “From a ratings perspective, it’s a no-brainer to pick it up, the show is a big hit for CBS.” Further adding, “We live in this weird age now where economic conversations take place and take precedence over what viewers really want to watch on their screens, and hopefully Sony and CBS work out the details to bring it back because I know the fans want to.”
Hence, it’s only a matter of time if, by some miracle, the series is able to get a new home, but without raising any more hopes right now, it seems that the renewal is unfeasible.
S.W.A.T. Season 6: When will the final episodes of the current season air?
Inspired by the television series and the feature film, S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore as a former Marine and locally born and raised S.W.A.T. sergeant, tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. Torn between loyalty to where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson strives to bridge the divide between his two worlds and acclimate to his new duties as the legal guardian of a teenager.
Take a look at the official episode guide for the remaining episode below:
Season 6 Episode 21: Forget Shorty – May 12, 2023: The episode is directed by Paul Bernard, and written by Kent Rotherham. The official synopsis states, “SWAT teams up with the DEA to conduct a massive gang sweep, only to discover that a vicious cartel is planting roots in the city and endangering numerous lives; Hicks marks an important anniversary.”
Season 6 Episode 22: Legacy – May 19, 2023: The episode is directed by Billy Gierhart, and written by Brandon Margolis & Brandon Sonnier. The official synopsis stated, “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.”
The main cast members are Shemar Moore as Daniel Harrelson, Alex Russell as Jim Street, Kenny Johnson as Dominic Luca, David Lim as Victor Tan, Patrick St. Esprit as Robert Hicks, Rochelle Aytes as Nichelle Carmichael, and Jay Harrington as David Kay. 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.
All the episodes are available on the CBS channel and later on Paramount Plus. It is also available to stream on FuboTV or Hulu Plus. The series is also available to rent or buy on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Vudu, depending on the location and the preferred membership plans that the users can choose from. On the other hand, it is also available to watch for free on the Pluto and CBS platforms, depending on the viewer’s location, especially for the international audience.
In the meantime, take a look at the new promo of the 21st episode, “Forget Shorty,” below:
Catch up with the sixth season, and let us know in the comments how you feel about the cancelation of S.W.A.T. Season 7.