‘S.W.A.T.’ Says ‘Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire’ With Epic Hazy Photo of Two Major Cast Members

by Joe Rutland

A couple of stars of the popular CBS show “S.W.A.T.” happened to be caught filming a new episode while walking out of a smoky haze.

The TV show’s official Twitter account shared the picture showing star Shemar Moore of “Criminal Minds” fame next to co-star Patrick St. Esprit. Take a look at the picture from “S.W.A.T.”

This version of “S.W.A.T.” has been on CBS for four seasons and will be back this fall for its fifth season. Besides Moore, other stars on the show include Alex Russell, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, David Lim, and Amy Farrington.

Moore plays Sergeant II Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson Jr., who happens to be a Los Angeles native. He was promoted so that he could play peacemaker between the Los Angeles Police Department and the community.

‘S.W.A.T.’ Reappeared On TV After First Version Aired In 1970s

Its first two seasons on CBS had “S.W.A.T.” appear at 10 p.m. ET on Thursdays. Then, the past two seasons the show has been on at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesdays. The show is expected to stay in that Wednesday timeslot for its fifth season.

Now if Outsider classic TV fans have heard of “S.W.A.T.” before, then they’re not wrong. A 1970s version of the show starred Steve Forrest and Robert Urich.

It lasted for two seasons and had Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg as executive producers. Spelling, though, would go on and be the executive producer for ABC hit shows like “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Love Boat,” and “Dynasty.”

Police Show Follows Procedural Drama Outline For CBS

The show itself is pretty straightforward in that a “S.W.A.T.” (Special Weapons and Tactics) team goes out on assignment. They find themselves in different situations where all facets of their team need to be used. While their on-the-job duties are highlighted, there’s always some type of personal story going on in the background.

“S.W.A.T.” is what many would call a procedural police drama show. It’s going to stay within its parameters and aim toward what viewers expect from the show each week.

Getting back to Moore a little bit. He played Malcolm Winters on the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless” between 1994-2005. Then Moore played Derek Morgan on “Criminal Minds” between 2005-16. Ultimately, his path led him to the starring role of the CBS police drama. He’s also joined the cast of the movie “Sonic the Hedgehog 2.”

By the way, here is one more interesting tidbit about Moore. He was the third permanent host named for “Soul Train.” Of course, the legendary Don Cornelius was the first and most remembered host of that syndicated TV music show.

But TV viewers can find Moore and the rest of the “S.W.A.T.” cast taking care of different situations when it reappears in the fall.