Bennett College Students Screen CBS' New Crime Drama S.W.A.T.

SWAT Premieres Thursday On WFMY News 2

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It doesn’t premiere until November, but a group of college students has already screened CBS’ new TV Crime Drama, S.W.A.T.

Students at Bennett College and Winston-Salem State University got the front row seat to all the action.

The new show stars actor, Shemar Moore who’s a locally born and raised S.W.A.T. sergeant newly tasked to run a specialized tactical unit in Los Angeles. He’s torn between loyalty to the streets and allegiance to his brothers in blue. However, the former Marine Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson has what it takes to bridge the divide.

Bennett College held a forum after the screening to discuss the topics played out during the premiere.

Azurel Bateman, who’s a Senior at Bennett College recently had the opportunity to interview Moore, and Screenwriter, Aaron Rahsaan.

Bateman spoke to Moore who had much to say about learning the roles of law enforcement while preparing for S.W.A.T.

“I just have so much respect for what they choose to do for the sake of fighting for the good and having to deal with so much unpredictable dark and never knowing, every day you just don’t know and the families having to accept that,” said Moore.

Moore also said this is a really exciting time and that everything has, “Led to this perfect storm cause I’m in the right perfect possible place, at the right perfect possible time, to take on Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson in S.W.A.T. So, this is just the next chapter of my career and I’m really excited about what’s happening.”

Bateman said she was surprised to learn how Moore felt about coming into his new role saying, “It may not be your time now but it can come eventually as long as you’re putting in the work. That was surprising to see even celebrities have to go through the same thing us regular folk have to go through on a day-to-day basis.”

As far as the new show, Bateman said, “I think it was action-packed. I think it’s going to be a really great show that explores topics that are relevant to our situation in our communities going on right now. I also think it’s going to spark a great debate online and in schools and everything across the nation as to building better communities and police relations.” 

CBS’ S.W.A.T. premiers on WFMY News 2 on November 2 at 10:00 p.m.

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