In a stunning reversal, CBS opted to renew S.W.A.T. for a seventh and final season after having canceled it three days before.
On Friday it was announced that CBS had opted to cancel S.W.A.T., meaning the sixth season finale would now also serve as a series finale. The reason was that the series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and then licensed by CBS. The two companies had been unable to reach an agreement on fees for the seventh season.
Following fan outcry over the news, the two sides reportedly returned to the bargaining table and reached an agreement over the weekend. The new arrangement will also see series star Shemar Moore receive an executive producer credit for the final episodes.
“We have listened to our viewers and their outpouring of passion for S.W.A.T. and we have reached an agreement to renew it for a final season of 13 episodes to air during the 2023-2024 broadcast year,” CBS Entertainment president Amy Reisenbach and Sony Pictures Television Studios president Katherine Pope said in a joint statement. “S.W.A.T. has aired for six seasons on CBS and garnered a devoted following. We are pleased that we found a way to bring it back and give closure to the show’s storylines and characters, which audiences deserve. Once again, we appreciate the talents and efforts of the cast, writers, producers and crew and everyone who has contributed to the success of S.W.A.T. We look forward to its return next season.”
Due to the ongoing WGA strike, it’s unclear when the series will air its final season. Work will not be able to commence until the strike has been settled.