‘S.W.A.T.’ Exec Teases a ‘Spectacular Survival Story’ for Two Main Characters to Start Season 5

by Joe Rutland
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What are two of the main characters on CBS’s drama “S.W.A.T.” about to face, Outsiders? An executive with that show speaks up.

Shawn Ryan, who is executive producer of “S.W.A.T.”, offered some insight about the Season 5 storyline in an interview with “TV Insider.”

Hondo, played by Shemar Moore, is down in Mexico after being demoted from his position as S.W.A.T. team leader role. Why was he? Hondo spoke out about racism within the Los Angeles Police Department.

Since he’s not around, Deacon Kay, played by Jay Harrington, is given a chance to lead the team. He does not want to betray Hondo at all.

‘S.W.A.T.’ Season Opener Finds Deacon, Chris Taking Road Trip From LA To Vegas

But something’s brewing on “S.W.A.T.” beyond that story.

Deacon Kay and Chris Alonso, played by Lina Esco, get ambushed while on a private security detail drive. They are going from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

Ryan offered “S.W.A.T.” fans a little teaser on that adventure. “It turns into a spectacular survival story,” he said.

Make sure and tune into the Season 5 premiere episode on Friday, Oct. 1, at 9 p.m Eastern, 8 p.m. Central. It will be the lead-in show ahead of “Blue Bloods.”

For old-school Outsiders, if you remember the 1975 TV series “S.W.A.T.” starring Steve Forrest and Robert Urich, then there’s a connection. The current CBS series was based on that series, which lasted just two seasons on ABC.

Just another piece of information that would be welcome under “The More You Know” banner.

Shemar Moore Spoke Out On Filming Episodes In Recent Times

Meanwhile, Moore spoke out back in 2020 when the CBS series found itself filming episodes while dealing with COVD-19.

During an interview with CBS, he called working at that time “a little strange.” He added, though, that the “S.W.A.T.” police drama’s cast would push forward.

“We’re making it happen, and I’m very proud,” he said.

Moore, who also is a producer besides his acting work, mentioned that his show was the first one returning to network television. It also became the first one-hour drama returning with new episodes.

He said new COVID-19 regulations and testing were part of the landscape. Moore said any hands-on activities, such as cops chasing bad guys or wrestling bad guys to the ground, would call for specific precautions.

But he did say that the entire process was vital because “it is what it is” and everyone “would rather be safe.”

Other stars on “S.W.A.T.” include Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, and Kenny Johnson.

The show has been scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday nights in that 10 p.m. Eastern spot. Now, it moves to Fridays and it’s a sweet situation. “S.W.A.T.” has a spot on the network’s Friday night schedule.

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