Shemar Moore isn't coming back to Criminal Minds
but he will be on CBS this fall in S.W.A.T
. Moore is trading in his role as a team player for the team leader. His S.W.A.T.
character, Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson, will be leading a squad and trying to save the city he calls home. In a pair of the behind-the-scenes previews, Shemar and the rest of the cast promise that S.W.A.T.
will be a accurate but incredibly exciting look at some real-life heroes.
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is based on a 2003 movie of the same name, which itself was based on a 1975 TV series, the show is aiming for a very realistic feel.
"The reason it's cool is because it's real," Shemar Moore explains in the preview, embedded below. "It's interesting. It's smart. But there's something really super about these heroes. I'm talking about the real life ones, the ones we get to portray."
Though some characters share the same names as those in the 2003 movie, they more closely mirror actual S.W.A.T. team members and real-world events. Executive producer Shawn Ryan, who created one of the most acclaimed cop dramas ever in The SHIELD, explains, "The very first S.W.A.T. team was founded here in Los Angeles, and the city will play a very big part in the series."
Part of the role the city will play is in Hondo's character dilemma. The preview shows Shemar's character going back to where he grew up and being asked if his promotion to the head of a S.W.A.T. team will help him improve life for his family and friends.
"This is a great avenue to tell a modern story and approach some complex issues, while still entertaining everyone with some kick-ass action," executive producer Aaron Rahsaan Thomas said.
That action is clearly on display in the preview, and it's something the cast and crew are taking very seriously. In a separate behind-the-scenes clip, the cast takes fans through how much work they've been doing to make sure the action is as tight as possible. "I haven't done something this grueling since I was a high school and college wrestler," well-known character actor Peter Onorati remarks.
The show wanted to make sure that the team at the heart of S.W.A.T. felt like an actual unit. So they've been working together since filming the pilot to get their chemistry and moves down. It's all paying off in some evidently extraordinary action scenes. "The action's crazy," Shemar Moore said. "Like, you ain't ready."
"It's a dream job for me," Moore added. "Everything I've done in 24 years, let alone in the life I've lived, prepared me for this job."
Are you excited for S.W.A.T.? Do you think you're ready for the action that will be on display? Will you be tuning in right away or waiting to see how things play out?
(Image and videos courtesy of CBS)