Shemar Moore SWAT Pilot

Shemar Moore Plots Return to CBS, as Star of S.W.A.T. Drama Pilot

Eleven months after his Criminal Minds character rode off into the sunset, Shemar Moore is on track for a possible CBS homecoming, as the star of its S.W.A.T. drama pilot.

Penned by Aaron Thomas, who will executive-produce with Shawn Ryan (currently an EP on Timeless), Marney Hochman, Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Danielle Woodrow, the Sony Pictures Television/CBS Studios co-production follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant — Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, to be played by Moore — who is “torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers” when he is tasked to run a highly trained unit that is “the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles.”

The project is specifically inspired by the 2003 film of the same name, which starred Colin Ferrell, LL Cool J and Samuel Jackson and was itself inspired by the mid-1970s ABC drama. Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) is set to direct the pilot, just as he did with CBS’ Scorpion in 2014.

In addition to his run as Criminal Minds‘ Derek Morgan, Moore’s TV credits include The Young and the Restless and Birds of Prey. On S.W.A.T., he will also serve as a producer, says our sister site Deadline.

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  1. Haz says:

    This would be a good companion for Criminal Minds considering how well Bull has done after NCIS.

  2. When his next theee pilots fail, will he be ready to come back to Criminal Minds, considering he mainly left because of Thomas Gibson being a pain?

    (And I’m not a Morgan-needs-to-come-back type of Criminal Minds fan. This is merely an observation)

    • Ange says:

      I’d say no because I think he has been ready to lead his own show for some time. He is also listed as the producer so he is putting up some of his money to back the show. It’s an opportunity for him to do what Michael Whetherly has done with Bull which to me has worked great.

      • Oh, if his pilots work, that’d be great. However, if they fail, I could see him returning a la Paget. I mean, most pilots do fail. (I’d never watch a show for a single actor, but I know some people do, so…)

    • SJ says:

      Yeah, Criminal Minds has one, two more seasons left in it, tops. Have you seen their ratings lately?

    • Barbara moore says:

      Well if that was a problem why did He leave
      Wrll I like Horch he made the show interesting and with Derrick and Hotch gone it not the same

  3. Carol says:

    I am very excited about Shamar Moore coming back to tv . He is one of my favorite actors

  4. Angela says:

    Glad to hear he’s got something new lined up :D. If this pilot works out and the show goes forward, I’ll keep an eye out for it.

  5. Cat says:

    Just yet another re-boot of an old show. Don’t think I’ll be watching.

  6. Angus says:

    No thanks. Got enough effing cops show on tv.

  7. Love him! Loved him on Y & R and I quit Criminal Minds after he left. I hope this works out. I need Shemar back on my TV.

  8. Annette Beerbower says:

    can’t wait to see Shemar back on screen