After exiting Criminal Minds, Shemar Moore is returning to CBS. Moore has signed to be the lead in an upcoming CBS drama pilot, S.W.A.T..

S.W.A.T.  is inspired by the 2004 movie and 1975 ABC series of the same name. Moore will serve as a producer on S.W.A.T. alongside The Shield creator Shawn Ryan as well as Neal H. Moritz, Justin Lin and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas. 

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According to Deadline, the pilot will be written by Thomas, who has written for CSI: NY and Friday Night Lights, and directed by Justin Lin, who is probably best known for his work on the Fast & Furious franchise. The series will follow the same character from the 2004 film, Daniel ‘Hondo’ Harrelson. In the film Harrelson was portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson but Moore will be taking over the role for the TV adaption. 

Moore’s Harrelson will evidently be torn to loyalty to the streets duty to his fellow officers. Harrelson will lead a team that is the last line of defense between the innocent people and criminals in LA. Harrleson is described as someone who is “exuding calmness but always ready for action, has all the ability to become a leader – he’s just not happy with the reason he just became one.” Given Moore’s work on Criminal Minds this sounds like a very similar role but that should also make him perfectly suited for it. 

S.W.A.T. is just ordered for a pilot right now. There is no series deal on the table yet. Given the high-profile involvement behind the scenes and now Shemar Moore becoming the lead, it would be shocking if S.W.A.T. didn’t make it to the air. But what do you think? 

Do you think S.W.A.T. will air on CBS? Will you watch Shemar Moore in this new role? Does S.W.A.T. sound like a show you’d be interested in anyway?

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Derek Stauffer

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