With the imminent return of the hit series "S.W.A.T." for its fourth season, actor Shemar Moore spilled details about their filming progress and the focus of the upcoming season's storyline.
Early in August, "S.W.A.T." resumed filming of season 4, one of the first scripted series to get back to business after the novel coronavirus turned pandemic. However, fans can expect important issues to highlight the upcoming season.
In a new interview, Shemar Moore, who plays the role of the SWAT team leader Hondo, gave a glimpse into the issues the police drama felt is important to shed light on during season 4.
THEIR FILMING PROGRESS
Three months into filming, the CBS series completed the first eight episodes of season 4. Since the cast and crew diligently adhere to health and safety protocols, they've remained COVID-19 negative and ready to bring their concerns in a raw and powerful way.
"It's taking some discipline but we're on episode eight, going on almost three months and have no positive cases, and we're still bringing in that thrill ride," Moore told ET.
WHAT SEASON 4 IS ALL ABOUT
Police brutality against George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and several others headlined the year, and with "S.W.A.T." being a police drama, Moore said that fans should get ready for a "special and poignant" season.
"You'll see with our first episode and many more to follow, we're talking about some real issues. We're talking about racial injustice, we're talking about the perception of police -- the good and the bad -- and I think we're going to see some powerful messages from us this year," Moore elaborated.
While real-life SWAT Units usually step in during hostage situations or to take down heavily armed offenders, the team on the television series focus more on regular police work to allow a bigger variety of storylines.
WHEN WILL SEASON 4 PREMIERE?
Fans of "S.W.A.T." can tune into CBS at 9/8c on Wednesday, November 11 to watch the premiere of season 4, and it jumps right into racial tension. As Los Angeles grapples with the tension between the black community and law enforcement, Hondo and his team confront the situation.
Moore is biracial and proud of the work they've done on what he called the "strongest" season of the show yet. The 50-year-old's name is also a beautiful blend, as it is a combination of his mother and father's first names, Sherrod and Marylin.
Sadly, Shemar Moore lost his mom when she passed in February this year. The pair were very close, and on what would have been her 77th birthday, Moore shared a special message in her honor.
Wishing his "heavenly birthday momma" a happy birthday, Moore thought about all the lives she affected with her "sass" and kindness of heart. Alongside a sweet picture wherein he kissed her on the cheek, Moore expressed how much he loves her.