How long will the fans have to wait for the popular crime drama series’ official return? Here is everything we know so far about
The Equalizer Season 4.
Want to know when the next chapter with the enigmatic Robyn McCall returns? Then worry not, you’ve reached the right place, as we can totally understand your excitement to see how the story will unfold after the events of the last season, which ended on a major cliffhanger and have sparked many questions within the fandom!
Sadly, viewers who want to binge-watch the next season will have to wait a while, as the new season will not be coming to CBS anytime soon.
So, if you want to get clarity about the current status of the beloved crime drama series, then look no further! To help you prepare before diving into the show, we’ve compiled all of the relevant information right here for you! Continue reading to learn more about the potential release date of CBS’s The Equalizer Season 4.
The Equalizer Season 4 Release Date: When is the series expected to return on CBS?
As we all know, CBS officially renewed The Equalizer for a fourth season, which isn’t surprising as the series has been able to gather some amazing reception and viewership from fans around the world, which led to easy approval, and it was confirmed to be a part of the 2023–24 fall primetime schedule. But sadly, this update was short-lived as the ongoing 2023 Writers Guild of America strike and 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike have gained momentum for the first time in 63 years, putting Hollywood on a double strike that has caused some disruption in the previously confirmed schedule for CBS.
Yes, you read it right! 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 don’t seem to end anytime soon, causing many production houses to halt their work temporarily. 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 in the summer season if the network is aiming for its fall release later this year.
Hence, there is no chance that the beloved crime 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 has also released a revised 2023–24 fall lineup, in which The Equalizer has not been mentioned to fill the void of the lack of shows that have been shifted. So, 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 of every Sunday night at 9 p.m. 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 because if, by some miracle, 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 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.
After looking at these statements, it’s pretty much safe to say that the majority of the show’s release date from the fall schedule will be changed, just like the competitor networks like ABC and NBC. Hence, it looks like the eagerly awaited third season of The Equalizer will not be available on CBS to stream anytime soon, especially not in August 2023, making the fandom wait for longer than they anticipated! In conclusion, we have listed down all the details that have so far been made public, as it provides a fairly good insight into what the fans can expect from the third season until there is an official statement issued.
As a result, we ask fans to keep an eye on social media for more information, which will ultimately be acknowledged later. Until then, we’ll just have to wait and see what direction the writers and crew will take going forward! In the meantime, check out the official announcement as shared by the show’s Twitter handle confirming the renewal of the series, quoting, “More action and equalizing on the way. Seasons 3 and 4 are officially loading… #TheEqualizer” Take a look at the official post below:
— The Equalizer (@TheEqualizerCBS) May 5, 2022
The Equalizer Season 4 Production Status: When will the filming begin?
As stated above, due to the ongoing 2023 Writers Guild of America strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, we speculate that the production might have been put on a temporary halt, just like many other original CBS series, which has also stopped their work due to a lack of writers and actors as they have joined hands in striking for the first time in 63 years, resulting in Hollywood having a double strike on its hands, leading to a major delay in the official production, which has yet to commence.
On the other hand, this show has always had a meticulous production schedule that takes place for months, along with the pre-production stage, which also takes time to complete before the shoot effectively begins. So, we speculate the filming will take time to begin, maybe once the strike agrees on a fair agreement with the parties involved, as representatives of the Writers Guild of America and the major studios have agreed to meet for the first time since the Hollywood writer’s strike began three months ago and request a meeting on this Friday to discuss negotiations.
“We’ll be back in communication with you sometime after the meeting with further information. As we’ve said before, be wary of rumors. Whenever there is important news to share, you will hear it directly from us,” added the note, which came from the WGA’s negotiating committee. If the negotiations are agreed upon, it can lead to the writer’s room opening much sooner than what you are anticipating, which will help to complete scripts in order to finally start filming.
Until then, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens next! Because if the negotiations do not go in the right direction, then the strikes will continue to gain momentum, causing more delays in series releases across major television and streaming networks.
The Equalizer Season 4 Plot: What to expect?
The series will definitely continue to follow Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall comes across to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is “The Equalizer” – an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption.
So, if you have streamed the third season’s finale, “Eye for an Eye,” then you’ll know that there is no chance that the network will just miss picking up the plot from the major cliffhanger that transpired in the final episode. The viewers get to see that the team is put in harm’s way when McCall’s former CIA colleague is found alive and sets her sights on revenge by attempting to abduct Dante, Harry, and Mel; Aunt Vi and Delilah must act quickly to de-escalate a hostage situation.
Check out the official promo for the final episode of The Equalizer Season 3, and let us know what you hope will be covered in the next season in the comments.
The Equalizer Season 4 Cast: Who will reprise their roles?
The main cast members of the series expected to reprise their roles in the upcoming season are as follows: Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, a.k.a. “The Equalizer”, Tory Kittles as Marcus Dante, Adam Goldberg as Harry Keshegian, Liza Lapira as Melody “Mel” Bayani, Laya DeLeon Hayes as Delilah, and Lorraine Toussaint as Viola “Aunt Vi” Marsette.
Some of the recurring cast members who are expected to return include Jennifer Ferrin as Avery Grafton, Frank Pando as Captain Torres, and Brett Dalton as Carter Griffin. It should also be noted that some new additions or removals in the main and recurring cast can be announced due to cost-cutting, which will be a direct result of the dual strikes, along with notable seasonal guest stars, which will be revealed later if they ever happen.
Additionally, the series is executive produced by Wilson, Glass, Marlowe, Miller, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, original Equalizer series creator Richard Lindheim), Shakim Compere, and Joseph C. Wilson. Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, produces in association with CBS Studios.
The Equalizer Season 4 Episode Count and Streaming Options
Even though the exact episode count for The Equalizer Season 4 is still subject to change due to the ongoing strikes. So, there are many chances that the customary episode count might be reduced to 15 episodes for the next season. We expect it is intended to follow the same count to maintain the story’s flow. We’d also like to point out that the titles and synopsis have not been released, as these details will be revealed once the release date draws closer to avoid any early spoilers of the plotlines.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens next. Until there is any confirmation, we urge the readers to stream the prior seasons on CBS. Moreover, when the fourth season is released, it will be available to stream on Paramount+ and FuboTV. All the prior seasons of the show are also available to rent or buy on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and Vudu, depending on the viewers’ location, with preferred membership plans. Moreover, it is also available to watch for free on Pluto.
The Equalizer Season 4 Frequently Asked Questions
When was the fourth season renewed?
Back in May 2022, the series was renewed for its third and fourth seasons. Since then, the network has aired the third season, which premiered on October 2, 2022.
Is the show a reboot?
Yes! It is the second reboot in the franchise, following the 2014 film and its 2018 and 2023 sequels, and is the second series after the 1980s series with the same name.
Where can international viewers stream the series?
Apart from CBS, the international audience can now exclusively stream the show on various networks. In Germany, the series had its series premiere on Sky One on July 12, 2021. In the UK on Sky Witness on August 3, 2021, and in Italy on Sky Investigation (local version of Sky Witness) on October 3, 2021.
Has the official trailer for Equalizer Season 4 been released?
The network hasn’t released any new teaser or trailer for the upcoming season, as the filming of the fourth season has not even begun, so it is way too early for any network to produce any short preview to give some glimpses about the show’s respective characters arcs and plotlines. Until the network releases any new promos, we urge the readers to check out the official trailer of The Equalizer Season 3 (below) to recall the events that have transpired so far.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 67% based on reviews from 30 critics, with an average rating of 6/10. The website’s critical consensus states, “Queen Latifah returns to the small screen in full command of her craft—if only The Equalizer‘s overly-engineered early episodes were on her level.” On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 57 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews.”
Catch up on the previous seasons, and let us know what you think the Equalizer Season 4 plotline is going to be like.