S.W.A.T. Reboot Headed to CBS From EPs Shawn Ryan and Justin Lin

This week in TV reboots, volume 2,587: The 1970s cop show S.W.A.T. is coming back to TV, courtesy of CBS.

The network has given the remake a pilot production commitment with a series penalty, according to our sister site Deadline. (That means CBS will pay studio Sony Pictures TV big bucks if the series doesn’t make it to air.) And the new S.W.A.T. already has some big names attached behind the scenes: The Shield creator Shawn Ryan is an executive producer, along with Fast & Furious director Justin Lin, who may also direct the pilot.

The original S.W.A.T., produced by Aaron Spelling, only ran for two seasons on ABC. But it made enough of a cultural impact that it was remade into a 2003 movie starring Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson. CBS’ new S.W.A.T. will be a procedural centered on an African-American SWAT lieutenant whose loyalties are divided between his fellow cops and the tough streets he grew up on.

Joining Ryan and Lin as executive producers are Neil H. Moritz (Preacher, Fox’s upcoming Prison Break revival) and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (Sleepy Hollow), who will pen the pilot.

Excited to see what CBS’ new S.W.A.T. will look like? Play casting director in the comments and tell us who should play the SWAT lieutenant.

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  1. Brup says:

    Shawn Ryan’s shows get cancelled.

  2. Peggy says:

    I think my jaw dropped when I read this, my all time favorite show and now they are going to try and ruin it also. They call these shows remakes but basically all they seem to do is use the title from the old series and totally change what gave it the following in the first place.

  3. jb says:

    because we need a show glorifying the militarization of the u.s. police. i will watch it if they do a show about a no knock raid where the swat team drops a flash bang grenade into a babys crib and disfigure him for life, and then get off scot free. at least it would be realistic.

  4. nona says:

    And the reboots keep on coming darn!!

  5. Joe TV says:

    Tune in next week for the CBS reboot of Alf! An alien crash lands on earth and solves weekly crimes alongside the local FBI team…

  6. Writerpatrick says:

    It would basically be another generic cop show with a recycled title. They already have a SWAT team on Hawaii Five-0, I’m wondering if they might do it as a spinoff.

  7. AnnieM says:

    I think it would be a better idea to guess which 70’s cop show they’ll try to remake next! I’m thinking Streets of San Francisco.

  8. MMD says:

    A bit off topic because I didn’t watch S.W.A.T but I miss Robert Urich. I loved his Spenser: For Hire series as well as Lazarus. Another one who passed too young.

  9. Mel says:

    S.W.A.T. might be coming out this summer? Can’t wait im look forward!

    Hawaii 5-0 👍👍

    NCIS 👍

    NCIS:NO 👍 Im watching on demend

    MacGyver pretty good

    Blue Blood 👍👍

    NCIS:LA 👎👎👎 becuz they put on Sunday no way.. Im watching football..

    Black Code 👍 im watching on demend

    Bull is okay seem bit weird

    Criminals Mind 👎 I don’t like different

    Pure Genius? Idk yet wait until Oct 27

    Im looking forward Star Trek: Discovery this winter 2017

    Criminals Mind: Beyond Borders is okay becuz too much same memo problem different country sometime boring..

    Im looking forward midseason new show “Training Day”

  10. Jamazing says:

    Hopefully Shawn Ryan does some of his writing like he did in The Shield