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‘S.W.A.T’ Un-Canceled as CBS Reverses Decision for Seventh and Final Season Starring Shemar Moore

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In a reversal of good fortune, late Monday afternoon CBS decided to change course and instead of cancelling S.W.A.T. starring Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm, Y&R), it has renewed it for its seventh and what will be its final season.

Apparently, negotiations began again last Friday after major viewer backlash for the cancellation and following Moore’s viral video on his Instagram account about the decision to ‘end’ the show from the network brass, not to mention Shemar is currently the only African American male lead on network television.  CBS was eager to get this resolved ahead of Wednesday’s May 10th unveiling of its fall schedule.

In a statement on the pick-up instead of the cancellation, Amy Reisenbach, President, CBS Entertainment, and Katherine Pope, President, Sony Pictures Television Studios, said in a joint statement: “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. 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.”

The series, which is a co-production between Sony Pictures TV and CBS Studios, as noted in the above statement received a 13 episode order.

Never underestimate the power of the fans right? They have resuscitated many a show from extinction in the past, and they did it again for S.W.A.T.

Excited to hear that S.W.A.T. starring Shemar Moore will now live to see another season? Comment below.

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A scene with Patti Smith’s 1988 “People Have The Power” playing in the background would be fitting.

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Aw many thanks to you soaphound. I too have admired her from the start. Many thanks soaphound. I hope people who do not know Poeplw Have The Power give it a listen. You and I know how it can inspire

They’re still idiots. The show will continue to kill in the ratings and we fans will be pissed at the end of next season too.

Not the first time a network has reversed their decision after viewer backlash, but probably the fastest turnaround I’ve seen. Usually it takes a week or two before they cave in.

Since they have pretty much already admitted the 7th season would be the end anyway, let’s hope they can do it right.

They need to have more than one more season. It is a great show and should be on for many more seasons. Why kill the good shows?

Why just seven seasons why not keep it on? I hope another network picks it up this can’t be the end of swat. It’s a damn good show and seven seasons is just not alot. Look at criminal minds and law and order they’ve been on for decades. Please don’t cancel after 7 seasons.

Why can’t they put over on paramount +like they did for seal team

Am thrilled to hear the good news.After seeing Shemar yesterday on a Y&R episode, I was all ready to welcome him back, but I’m sure he’s better off not getting into that mess we’re watching these days. I was so afraid they’d cancel Blue Bloods also this new season. What I really can’t understand is what kind of minds or lack of intelligence does it take to even think of destroying good shows like these two and leave on the the stupid sit-coms that passes as entertainment these days.

So glad they changed their minds hopefully they will change it again why would you kill a great show when there’s not that many on

So, FOX nixes “911” because it’s too expensive… but not too expensive for ABC, which gratefully rescued it. “911” is the highest performing Monday drama, according to ET. “BLUE BLOODS” costs a bundle but CBS renews it again because it performs. NETFLIX keeps that dreck “Virgin River” because it performs. So why even pretend to cancel the successful S.W.A.T.? My guess is the execs had in mind to replace it with either (1) a singing competition or (2) a mindless reality show featuring brain-challenged bubbleheads, which includes the host. Presumably, these shows generally cost less.

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Jason George Returning to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Main Cast for Upcoming Season

Soap opera alum Jason George (ex-Michael Bourne, Sunset Beach) is rejoining Grey’s Anatomy as a series regular for its upcoming 21st season.

According to Deadline, Jason will reprise his signature role of Ben Warren. Previously, the actor played Ben since season 6 of the ABC medical drama. Later, George became a series regular for seasons 12-14 before departing to join the ‘Grey’s’ spinoff, Station 19.

With Station 19 now canceled, it paved the way for George to bring Ben back to Seattle Grey’s Sloan. Over the past seven years, Jason was a mainstay on the firefighter drama and would make appearances and crossover to “Grey’s’.  Both series are produced by Shondaland and ABC signature.

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In story, the seventh season of Station 19 had Ben tapping leaning into his medical skills while questioning his future as a firefighter in light of his shoulder injury. Then, in the Station 19 series finale, Ben told Captain Herrera that he was going back to finish his surgical residency. The story all fits together because when Ben was a fifth year resident at Grey Sloan, he found a way to pursue his other dream as a firefighter without jeopardizing his chances to return to the hospital and medicine one day.

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George was featured on NBC’s Sunset Beach from 1997-1999 as lifeguard Michael Bourne and his love interest, Vanessa was played by Sherri Saum (ex-Keri, One Life to Live) who is also the wife of the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, One Life to Live)

In a post on X, following the story of his rejoining Grey’s Anatomy, George posted a video with the music from “Welcome Back Kotter” and the words “Well … it WAS kind of hush-hush. But now it’s official. Where my scrubs at?”

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General Hospital EP, Frank Valentini, Reveals Former Cast Member is Coming Back and Teases, “I Think That The Audience Will Go Crazy for HIM”

There are some big changes afoot at General Hospital over the summer, and one of the biggest ones was revealed by the series Daytime Emmy- winning executive producer, Frank Valentini.

After winning the series fourth consecutive Outstanding Daytime Drama Series award, and 17th overall in the history of the 61-year-old soap opera, Valentini spoke with ABC 7’s On the Red Carpet at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

When asked what to expect coming up, the exec dropped a bombshell. Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

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Now. speculation is running rampant of just who could it be! Is it possible that Jonathan Jackson will reprise his five-time Daytime Emmy-winning role of Lucky Spencer? Still others have thought it could actually be Greg Vaughan (because he may have wrapped his run on Days of our Lives months ago, along with Arianne Zucker, who departs later this summer on-screen) reprising the role of Lucky.

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Could Valentini being referring to the return of John J. York as Mac Scorpio; who had to exit the series to undergo treatment for myelodysplastic syndromes and multiple smoldering myeloma (two blood and bone marrow disorders), but who recently returned a month ago to the set? Or, might it be the return of two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Bryan Craig, as a now very much alive Morgan Corinthos? Fans are also wondering if GH somehow lured Nicholas Chavez back to the role of Spencer Cassadine; a role he vacated at the beginning of this year to film his leading role in Ryan Murphy’s Monsters anthology series as convicted murderer Lyle Mendenez.

In addition, Steve Burton (Jason), Kate Mansi (Kristina), and GH head writer, Elizabeth Korte, also shared some storyline intel with On the Red Carpet of what lies ahead through the summer months for Jason, Kristina, and all of the Davis women.

Watch the entire video package below.

Now weigh-in, which male actor is returning to General Hospital? Who do you hope it will be? Share your theories via the comment section.

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RATINGS: Daytime Emmy Audience Up 39% From Previous Year; Marking 4-Year High

Friday night’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy telecast on CBS drew solid numbers according to the overnight ratings. The ceremony brought in an average of 2.82 million total viewers making it the annual daytime kudofest’s largest audience in four years.

The last time the Emmys drew more eyeballs was during the virtual ceremony during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic back in June of 2020, which averaged 3.3 million total viewers.

Meanwhile, over at the network’s streaming companion, Paramount+, and according to TV Line, Friday’s Daytime Emmys were up over 87% from last year, to make it the largest live streaming audience to date for the show.

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The 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards featured 98-year-old television icon, Dick Van Dyke receiving the first Daytime Emmy in his career for his performance as Timothy Robicheaux on Days of our Lives in the Outstanding Guest Performer category.

In addition, Kelly Clarkson made a live appearance at the Daytime Emmys for the first time in several years, and her series, The Kelly Clarkson Show, took home the Outstanding Talk Show award for the fourth year in a row.

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Speaking of four in a row, Laura Wright (Carly, GH) and Steve Burton (Jason, GH) ripped open the final envelope of the night revealing that it was ABC’s General Hospital that would take home the coveted Outstanding Daytime Drama series award. That makes it the 17th time overall that the 61-year old soap opera has received this honor.

In the top acting prizes of the night, it was B&B’s Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) winning back-to-back Lead Actor Emmys, and Y&R’s Michelle Stafford taking home the gold for the third time in her career for her role as Genoa City’s Phyllis.

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The show also featured a touching In-Memoriam segment that reflected just the amount of loss and mourning the daytime community has gone through this past Emmy season, and Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) and her husband, producer B&B’s Edward Scott received the Lifetime Achievement Award honors.

What do you think of the preliminary ratings for the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award? Is it an encouraging sign that the daytime audience remains steadfast and die-hard? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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