‘SWAT’ Star Shemar Moore Called Returning To Film in 2020 a ‘Little Strange’

by Joe Rutland
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Shemar Moore is no stranger to TV viewers. He’s in SWAT as Hondo Henderson, but things like filming got a little dicey in 2020.

Obviously, that was a time where many things like filming TV shows had to be quite careful. The COVID-19 pandemic called for actors and studios to take extra safety measures. Moore shared his thoughts about it in a November 2020 interview with CBS New York.

“It’s a little strange,” the SWAT actor said. “We’re making it happen and I’m very proud. I got the information that we were the first show to come back as far as network television; the first one-hour drama to come back.”

Moore, who also starred in the CBS drama Criminal Minds, said filming was different.

‘SWAT’ Actor Moore Talked About Getting Tested for COVID Constantly

Because “you got all these regulations, we’re getting COVID tested constantly,” he said. “It was supposed to be three days a week but literally because SWAT is so hands-on with the action, cops chasing bad guys, and wrestling bad guys to the ground that we get tested pretty much every day.”

The SWAT actor said he had been getting “a little Q-tip up my nose then I have to spit into a cup. Before we show up to work, we get our temperature taken; it’s different.”

This season, Hondo has been having a time with being demoted from his leadership role. SWAT has also been showing the struggle Hondo deals with facing Rodrigo Sanchez, played by Daniel DeSantos. Sanchez is the new team leader and, oh boy, it’s been intense.

Another thing SWAT fans have to be on the lookout for is its new timeslot. The show will remain a part of the Friday night lineup until January 2022. Then it moves to Sundays at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central.

Moore Said Showrunner Was Inspired By Films of Clint Eastwood

What is this news about a SWAT showrunner being a Clint Eastwood fan?

Outsiders, Shemar Moore brought it up in an appearance on CBS chat-fest The Talk. He said that that a SWAT showrunner is a big Eastwood fan and the Season 5 premiere was inspired by the movie Pale Rider.

Moore said, “So of course, I said, well, I don’t look like Clint Eastwood so maybe we should call it Bronze Rider. I’m just sayin.'”

Hondo talked about some LAPD officers being racist. Moore said his character “went so far as to go the (Los Angeles) Times and put the LAPD on blast.”

Moore told The Talk hosts that Hondo gets demoted. “And so we pick up in season five, Hondo ends up in Mexico. He’s not what we’re quite used to,” the actor said.

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