While fans of screenwriter/producer Shawn Ryan have embraced two seasons of his CBS crime drama S.W.A.T., there's no denying that Ryan is still wildly – and fondly – remembered for his work in created FX's The Shield. Airing from March 2002 to November 2008 and starring Michael Chiklis as uber corrupt Det. Vic Mackey, the series focused on an experimental Los Angeles Police Department "Strike Team" that was set up in the fictional Farmington district ("The Farm") of Los Angeles and their corrupt dealings over the course of seven seasons.
It appears now that Ryan's past and present are no longer going to be living separate lives, with the mastermind behind the two shows tweeting out a clip of S.W.A.T.'s Sergeant II Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson (Shemar Moore) having a hospital hallway one-on-one with none other than The Shield's Det. Steve Billings (David Marciano).
Appearing on the ground-breaking series during seasons 4-7, Marciano's Billings wasn't exactly your textbook example of what a detective should be. Content with doing just enough detective work to get by, Billings was more interested in seeing how his position could benefit him personally than going that extra mile to break a case wide open. Though known for moments of truly inspired detective work, his relationship with Mackey was tolerable at best.
So for those of you keeping score at home, this means that The Shield and S.W.A.T. exist in a shared universe – and here's a look at that video from Ryan to help you process it all a little bit better (along with an overview of this week's episode):
S.W.A.T. season 2, episode 21 "Trigger Creep": The SWAT team races to locate the next place a lone gunman will strike while he is at large in Los Angeles. Also, Hondo takes some time away from the team to pursue an investigation that hits close to home, and Jessica is presented with an unexpected opportunity. Debbie Allen guest stars as Charice Harrelson, Hondo's mother. Written by Sarah Alderson and Munis Rashid, and directed by Oz Scott.
CBS' S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore (Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson), Stephanie Sigman (Jessica Cortez), Alex Russell (Jim Street), Jay Harrington (David "Deacon" Kay), Lina Esco (Christina "Chris" Alonso), Kenny Johnson (Dominique Luca), Peter Onorati (Jeff Mumford), David Lim (Victor Tan), and Patrick St. Esprit (Commander Robert Hicks). Debbie Allen (Charice Harrelson) and Deshae Frost (Darryl) are set to recur.
Produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Shawn Ryan, Justin Lin, Neal Moritz, Marney Hochman, Danielle Woodrow, Pavun Shetty, Allison Cross, Craig Gore, Billy Gierhart, and Andy Dettman serve as executive producers.