Maybe SWAT season 4 has just started, but the show is already taking a break. The CBS process will not air a new episode on December 2, which means fans will have to wait until later in December to see Episode 5, entitled “Break”.
Why SWAT will not air on December 2
No cause for concern, SWAT fans – the show only takes a week’s break, as is usual for network TV shows.
A television season (which usually runs from September to May) is about 32 weeks long, while most major network dramas have 20 to 24 episodes. This means that the show sometimes has to pause for weeks to spread the episodes throughout the season – even if, as happened this year, the show does not air until later in the year. Most remarkably, most series pause for a month or so over the winter, which SWAT Season 4 will do from December 16 to January 2021.
So it’s just a planning pause for the show after November, an important month for the broadcasters, because that’s the month when the audience panels that decide on ratings must provide details of all the shows they watch. SWAT is far from being the only CBS show to take a week’s break in December – NCIS Season 18, for example, didn’t air a new episode in the first week of December either.
When will SWAT season 4, episode 5 be broadcast?
SWAT Season 4, Episode 5 will air on CBS on Tuesday, December 9th, when the show will air in its usual time slot of 22:00 ET / 21:00 CT. As always, the episode will be available on the CBS website and app and on CBS All Access shortly after the broadcast.
Although CBS has not published a synopsis for “Fracture”, they have published a promo that shows that the series continues its commitment to shaping the series in the context of protests against police brutality.
In this trailer we learn that Hondo (played by Shemar Moore) has been hired to improve relations between the police and the black community – although he has reservations about their approach. “Yielding is not the answer,” he tells his supervisor. In this episode, the SWAT will also take on “a more radical offshoot of the KKK”.
This comes after the makers of the series revealed their plan to respond to the Black Lives Matter movement in the series. Moore, for example, told Entertainment Weekly: “It’s fun to be on an exciting, awesome police show. I’m the lead actor, and I’m proud to have achieved that. But I’m also a producer on the show. It is very important to me that we develop high quality content that has integrity without getting clumsy or preachy. I felt that there was an opportunity and a great responsibility to, as they say, stay awake”.
SWAT returns to CBS on December 2.