Call in the S.W.A.T. team

The U.S’ hottest new crime drama, from the producers of Chicago Fire and the Fast and Furious films, coming to FOX8 this summer

Foxtel has secured the rights to the action packed new crime drama S.W.A.T., starring Shemar Moore and Aussie Alex Russell, and will launch the series on FOX8 in January.

Inspired by the television series and the feature film, S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) as a locally-born and raised S.W.A.T. sergeant newly tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles.

Torn between loyalty to where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, former Marine Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson has everything it takes to be an excellent leader and bridge the divide between his two worlds.

Foxtel Networks’ Director of Channels, Stephen Baldwin, said: “S.W.A.T. boasts an exciting cast with Shemar Moore in his first series’ lead and a great breakthrough role for NIDA graduate Alex Russell. Showrunner Shawn Ryan and his fellow executive producers have an impressive combined credit list across acclaimed series, such as The Shield, Friday Night Lights, CSI: NY, and the blockbuster Fast & Furious films, and what they bring to the action and drama of S.W.A.T. will thrill the FOX8 audience this summer.

S.W.A.T. will be launching in Australia in the centre of a schedule packed with some of the most popular dramas on FOX8 including Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and DC Legends of Tomorrow,” he said.

Main characters and cast:
Hondo’s elite unit includes David “Deacon” Kay (Jay Harrington), an experienced S.W.A.T. officer who always puts the team first, despite feeling overlooked for the lead job; Jim Street (Alex Russell), a cocky but promising new member of the group; Christina “Chris” Alonso (Lina Esco), a skilled officer and the team’s canine trainer; Dominique Luca (Kenny Johnson), an expert driver who gets them in and out of high risk situations; and Victor Tan (David Lim), a relatively new S.W.A.T. officer who made his name in the Hollywood Division before advancing to the heights of the LAPD and Metro SWAT.

Overseeing the unit is Jessica Cortez (Stephanie Sigman), the captain of L.A. Metro who values her job above all else, including her off-the-books relations with Hondo. Hondo’s team enjoys an intense rivalry with another LA-based unit led by Mumford (Peter Onorati), an aggressive leader who likes to do things his way.

With Hondo leading the charge, these dedicated men and women bravely put themselves at risk to protect their community and save lives.

S.W.A.T. is produced by MiddKid Productions, Original Film, Perfect Storm Entertainment and Wyandotte Entertainment in association with CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television.