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S.W.A.T.: CBS Ends Popular Shemar Moore-Starring Series with Season 6

In a surprise move, CBS canceled the Shemar Moore-starring series S.W.A.T.after six seasons - but it doesn't look to be because of ratings.

[Edit — there has been a major update to the status of S.W.A.T. and this story] Gone are the days when a show gets canceled because of lousy ratings or the creative team wants to end its run. And then there's the matter of CBS' Shemar Moore-starring S.W.A.T., which the network officially canceled this evening. But not because there wasn't interest in the series – far from it. Along with freshman hit Fire Country and the long-running Blue BloodsS.W.A.T. helped make CBS a powerhouse on Friday nights – with the series increasing its total viewers by double-digits in comparison to this time last year. So what was the reason? Considered one of the more expensive television series on the air, Sony Pictures TV and CBS Studios were reportedly unable to reach a new financial agreement (with Sony allegedly against another flat license fee agreement that would've continued to hit against a budget that grows with each passing season as well as profit margins).

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Based on Deadline Hollywood reporting, CBS would offer an increased license fee – as well as a cut of the order. Sony resisted the offer, seeing it as increasing the per-episode budget and hurting additional financial aspects. Though negotiations were reportedly ongoing, today's news came as both sides reach an impasse that they felt they couldn't get past. In addition, DH reports from sources that a new home for S.W.A.T. "appears unfeasible").

Inspired by the television series and the feature film, S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore as a former Marine and locally born and raised S.W.A.T. sergeant tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. Torn between loyalty to where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson strives to bridge the divide between his two worlds. Committed to the job and embracing personal change, Hondo prepares for fatherhood with his girlfriend, Nichelle, the operator of a South LA community center.

The other members of Hondo's elite S.W.A.T. unit include David "Deacon" Kay, an experienced S.W.A.T. officer and dedicated family man who always puts the team first; Dominique Luca, an expert driver who gets them in and out of high-risk situations; Victor Tan, who started in the LAPD Hollywood Division and uses his confidential informants in the community to help the team; and Jim Street, the team's cocky newest member. Responsible for the management of all Metro Division S.W.A.T. units is Commander Robert Hicks, a senior LAPD official with the Special Operations Bureau. With Hondo leading the charge, these dedicated men bravely put themselves at risk to protect their community and save lives.

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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