SWAT, the series

What do you get when you let Samuel L. Jackson play a SWAT-officer? Right, a TV spinoff featuring Shemar Moore.

Looking back it might not be that much of a surprise that the movie SWAT is being made into a movie. With an all-star cast and a decent storyline, it set up the prequel series quite nicely. Even though the critics were less than impressed by the original movie. Thankfully the series seems to fare a little bit better.

That being said, I have fond memories of this particular flick. And let’s face it: Samuel L. Jackson as a badass police officer is just this side of awesome.

The new series is an attempt to tell the story that led up to the events of the movie. It is being produced by Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Justin Lin (Fast & Furious). The series creator is Aaron Rahsaan Thomas whom we know from Sleepy Hollow and CSI:NY. With this trio, you can expect to be “kept on the edge of your seat” according to Shemar Moore. He is also a co-producer on the series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xD8nf1EhtA

Original SWAT

If you’ve read this far and not thought: “gee… wasn’t there a series in the 70’s called SWAT too?”, then you’re probably over 40 years old. Yes, exactly. The series ran for two seasons and featured Steve Forrest in the role of Hondo, the character now portrayed by Shemar Moore.

But you are right. The movie was a follow-up on a TV-series from 1975. The new series even keeps the theme song. (Well, with “a little something”.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLiPdg1uRNA

Interview with Shemar Moore

If you want to dive a little deeper with lead actor Shemar Moore, then here is an interview from Build. Het talks about the series and his road to being able to play a lead role in a TV-series.

How to watch

You can watch SWAT from the 2nd of November on CBS if you are living in the US. More details can be found on their website. Overseas the series will probably be carried by your local tv stations. And you can always watch the movie from 2003 on Netflix.

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