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By Fred Schruers

When Aaron Rahsaan Thomas set out to reboot the legendary pulp classic of a mid-'70s cop show called S.W.A.T., there was a key and specific change he began with: "A lot of people may not realize this," he says, "but the original show was not set in Los Angeles, but in a fictional city. The very first S.W.A.T. team was created in Los Angeles, the city that has perhaps the most notorious relationship between their police department and communities of color. I feel like if you're going to tell that story, you lean right into that—what is the reality of a Black police officer in the city of Los Angeles?"

S.W.A.T. showrunner Aaron Rahsaan Thomas\u200b poses wearing a cap and a mauve jacket.

S.W.A.T. showrunner Aaron Rahsaan Thomas.

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As from-the-headlines as the show has become, given recent national struggles, Thomas knew he could revisit the world of cops chasing bad guys with a new kind of messaging: "Even as we pitched the show to CBS, [co- showrunner] Shawn Ryan and I approached the material about the tension between police and the community feeling that it's not so much that it's a timely topic as it is a timeless one."

Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Shemar Moore, Lina Esco, and Shawn Ryan\u200b of SWAT pose at a press event.

From left: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Shemar Moore, Lina Esco, and Shawn Ryan.

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That belief meant that even at S.W.A.T.'s unveiling three years back, before the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other such tragedies, the tensions encapsulated in the seeming dichotomy of Black Lives Matter/Blue Lives Matter already were key to the show's approach. It was crucial to the vision that lead actor Shemar Moore's Hondo character be a Black man from a working class Black neighborhood. Thomas was confident he could meld the show's "kick-ass set pieces" with emotional character insights. As a key player in the success of such series as CSI: NY, Southland, and Friday Night Lights, Thomas was grateful that "I've been able to pick up a lot of really helpful habits and techniques as to how you manage a show and put a story together."

The SWAT team stands amidst the wreckage of a small plane on set.

The S.W.A.T. team, ready for action.

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Thomas had been scouting locations for Season 3's finale (now postponed) when the pandemic clamped down. Along with the traditional "A" story (a nefarious plot by a murderous cartel boss), aspects of the city's racial legacy came to the fore. "Our finale was already going to deal with the flash-backs that help to tell the history behind the LAPD and the community—a story about a young Hondo back in 1992, when his [sometime Black Panther] father was a young man. That was in place before a lot of the unrest happened."

A SWAT team membemr wears a helmet with the visor down as he points a gun during a tactical advance.

S.W.A.T. team member Jim Street (Alex Russell).

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Finally, COVID-19 had to be addressed. In scenes involving multiple people, "there are masks and responsible distancing ," Thomas says. Still, he promises that the characters will feed into the action, "to keep up the pacing of a high-octane show that has momentum. This is an urgent, lean-forward show. We want to keep you on your toes at all times."

Originally published in Watch Magazine, January-February 2021.

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By Nate Millado

Good things come to those who wait. It's been a longer-than-usual layoff between seasons, but starting Nov. 5, CBS rolls out its pandemic-delayed premieres. Some of your returning favorites tackle timely issues, like COVID-19 (NCIS: New Orleans, Bull) and racial injustice (The Neighborhood, All Rise, S.W.A.T.).

Others deal with major life changes (Young Sheldon says hello to college). And king of comedy Chuck Lorre's latest, B Positive, joins a laugh-out-loud comedy block on Thursdays.

Here's a preview of all 15 series premiering in November—and when to tune in!

Young Sheldon—Season 4 premieres Thursday, Nov. 5

Sheldon in a blue cap and gown at his graduation ceremony

Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) graduates from high school!

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Sheldon (Iain Armitage) is college-bound! But not to CalTech—at least not yet. Instead, the boy genius will finish his undergrad degree closer to home—at East Texas Tech. Sheldon had to convince his mom in the Season 3 finale.

George Sr. (Lance Barber) drew up a game plan to get Mary (Zoe Perry) on board: shooting a "Why Sheldon Cooper Should Go to College" video (an early nod to the "Fun with Flags" web series Sheldon later hosts with Amy on The Big Bang Theory). In the Season 4 premiere, Sheldon breaks down when he realizes he may not be ready for college.

A new season of Young Sheldon premieres Thursday, Nov. 5 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

B Positive—New series premieres Thursday, Nov. 5

Gina and Drew reconnect

Annaleigh Ashford as Gina and Thomas Middleditch as Drew.

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Newly divorced dad Drew (Thomas Middleditch) desperately needs a donor kidney. Enter Gina (Annaleigh Ashford), a rough-around-the-edges blast from his past who volunteers hers.

B Positive premieres Thursday, Nov. 5 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Mom—Season 8 premieres Thursday, Nov. 5

Bonnie and friends have a sleepover

Pictured (L-R): Jaime Pressly as Jill, Kristen Johnston as Tammy, Allison Janney as Bonnie, Mimi Kennedy as Marjorie, and Beth Hall as Wendy.

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After seven seasons, star Anna Faris decided to exit the long-running mom-com. So what'll happen to Christy Plunkett? Find out in the Season 8 premiere. Also: When Bonnie (Allison Janney) invites the ladies over for a slumber party, childhood games reveal adult problems.

A new season of Mom premieres Thursday, Nov. 5 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

NCIS: Los Angeles—Season 12 premieres Sunday, Nov. 8

Special Agent Sam Hanna and Special Agent G. Callen.

LL Cool J (Special Agent Sam Hanna) and Chris O'Donnell (Special Agent G. Callen).

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A Russian bomber goes missing while flying over U.S. soil in the episode titled, "The Bear." Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and Sam (LL COOL J) head to the desert to track down the aircraft and secure its weapons and intel before the Russians on board destroy the plane. Meanwhile, Hetty (Linda Hunt) puts Nell (Renée Felice Smith) in charge of a cryptic assignment.

A new season of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres Sunday, Nov. 8 at 8:30 PM ET/8:00 PM PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

NCIS: New Orleans—Season 7 premieres Sunday, Nov. 8

Dwayne Pride wears a mask at the bar

Chelsea Field as Rita Devereaux and Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride.

Photo: Sam Lothridge/CBS.

Laissez les bons temps rouler because Pride and the team are back in the Big Easy!

As you can see from a masked Scott Bakula, NCIS: New Orleans will address the pandemic in the premiere. Pride sends Tammy (Vanessa Ferlito) and Carter (Charles Michael Davis) to investigate a suspicious death aboard a humanitarian ship offshore, where they learn that some crew members are infected with COVID-19. Also, Wade (CCH Pounder) is overwhelmed by the high volume in the morgue due to the deadly disease.

A new season of NCIS: New Orleans premieres Sunday, Nov. 8 at 9:30 PM ET/9:00 PM PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

S.W.A.T.—Season 4 premieres Wednesday, Nov. 11

Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson talks to his teenage charge

Shemar Moore as Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson and Deshae Frost as Darryl.

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Get ready for a double dose of Hondo (Shemar Moore) when S.W.A.T. returns with a two-hour premiere!

The first installment takes on racial tension between law enforcement and the Black community, flashing back to '92 L.A. following the Rodney King verdict. In the second hour, team S.W.A.T. goes on a stakeout for the CIA to confirm whether an international crime lord has resurfaced after being off-grid for years. Also, Tan's (David Lim) mother is a victim of racial discrimination, and Hondo encounters his ex Nichelle (Rochelle Aytes) for the first time since their breakup.

A new season of S.W.A.T. premieres Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

The Unicorn—Season 2 premieres Thursday, Nov. 12

\u200bWalton Goggins as Wade

Walton Goggins as Wade.

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For the uninitiated, a "unicorn" is a perfect guy: employed, attractive, and with a proven track record of commitment.

Widowed Wade (Walton Goggins) waded back into the dating pool during the first season. But in the Season 2 premiere, he makes an instant connection with a mystery woman he briefly meets in a parking lot—played by his Justified costar Natalie Zea! While Wade is determined to find whoever-she-was again, his daughter Natalie (Makenzie Moss) tries to convince him she's old enough to get her ears pierced. Also: Michelle (Maya Lynne Robinson) awaits her fate from the colleges she applied to for her business degree.

A new season of The Unicorn premieres Thursday, Nov. 12 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

The Neighborhood—Season 3 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Calvin, Tina, Gemma, Dave and Marty

Cedric the Entertainer (Calvin Butler), Tichina Arnold (Tina Butler), Beth Behrs (Gemma Johnson), Max Greenfield (Dave Johnson), and Marcel Spears (Marty Butler).

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The Neighborhood doesn't shy away from timely issues—like white privilege in its first season finale, "Welcome to the Conversation." Now the sitcom is addressing the Black Lives Matter movement.

For its Season 3 premiere, "Welcome to the Movement," the Butlers (Tichina Arnold and Cedric the Entertainer) and the Johnsons (Beth Behrs and Max Greenfield) unite when a member of their community is the victim of racial injustice.

A new season of The Neighborhood premieres Monday, Nov. 16, at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Bob ♥ Abishola—Season 2 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Abishola and Bob on a park bench for their coffee date

Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola and Billy Gardell as Bob.

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First comes love, then comes marriage? Season 1 tracked the unlikely courtship between sock salesman Bob (Billy Gardell) and Nigerian nurse Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku).

In the Season 2 premiere, Bob enlists the help of Uncle Tunde (Barry Shabaka Henley) to buy an engagement ring. But his plans to propose might be on ice when Abishola thinks traditional marriage is more trouble than it's worth.

A new season of Bob ♥️ Abishola premieres Monday, Nov. 16 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

All Rise—Season 2 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Lola Carmichael is detained in front of a cop car

Boone Platt as Deputy Wilson and Simone Missick as Lola Carmichael.

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Lola (Simone Missick) is detained during a protest while defending a teen girl, amid an escalating encounter with the cops. Through a series of flashbacks, details emerge surrounding that fateful night that'll have long-lasting effects on Lola, Mark (Wilson Bethel), Emily (Jessica Camacho), and Luke (J. Alex Brinson). Also, to help with the court backlog due to closures caused by COVID-19, Lola hires an outspoken clerk Ness (Samantha Marie Ware) who clashes with Sherri (Ruthie Ann Miles).

A new season of All Rise premieres Monday, Nov. 16 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Bull—Season 5 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Dr. Jason Bull and Taylor Rentzel

Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull and MacKenzie Meehan as Taylor Rentzel.

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When we last saw Bull (Michael Weatherly) and his group of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation, they helped Taylor (MacKenzie Meehan) bring a civil suit against the woman who killed her best friend in a hit-and-run. In its fifth season premiere, the TAC team struggles to adjust to a virtual court system as they ride out the NYC shutdown due to the pandemic.

A new season of Bull premieres Monday, Nov. 16 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

NCIS—Season 18 premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17

NCIS special agents

Victoria Platt as NCIS Special Agent Veronica "Ronnie" Tyler, Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas "Nick" Torres, Mark Harmon as NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

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TV's most watched entertainment program returns for its 18th season! Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Fornell (Joe Spano) try to track down the leader of a drug ring who supplied drugs to Fornell's daughter. Also, the team deals with the case of a missing cadaver from the NCIS autopsy room.

A new season of NCIS premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

FBI—Season 3 premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17

Special agents of the FBI

Zeeko Zaki as Special Agent Omar Adom 'OA' Zidan, Josh Segarra as Nestor Vertiz and Missy Peregrym as Special Agent Maggie Bell.

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FBI is back—and so is Maggie (Missy Peregrym) from her undercover assignment. The team welcomes a new member, Special Agent Tiffany Wallace (Katherine Renee Turner) as they search for killers who orchestrated a mass shooting at a media company. OA's (Zeeko Zaki) personal connection with the case threatens to cloud his judgement.

A new season of FBI premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

FBI: Most Wanted—Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17

Special agents holding guns

Kellan Lutz as Special Agent Kenny Crosby and Julian McMahon as Supervisory Special Agent Jess LaCroix.

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A hacker triggers a car crash that kills a family of three. The team races against the clock to hunt him down as his ransom demands escalate—and his chilling final target becomes apparent.

A new season of FBI: Most Wanted premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

SEAL Team—Season 4 premieres Wednesday, Dec. 2

Bravo Team in a snowy mountain range

AJ Buckley as Sonny Quinn, David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, and Max Thieriot as Clay Spenser.

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Bravo One himself (David Boreanaz) directed this dramatic opener, the first episode of a two-parter. Bravo Team enters enemy territory in the snowy Spin Ghar Mountain Range to capture Al-Hazred, the leader of a terrorist group and son of the terrorist leader who Jason took down early in his career, a feat that made him Bravo One. When they're attacked, Jason and Cerberus, Bravo's canine member, are separated from the team.

A new season of SEAL Team premieres Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

MacGyver—Season 5 premieres Friday, Dec. 4

Lucas Till as Angus "Mac" MacGyver, Henry Ian Cusick as Russ Taylor.

Photo Credit: Mark Hill/CBS.

First, the good news: The Mac pack is back and has a lead on a woman with vital intel on Codex. Now, the bad news: their target has a new secret identity—and a completely new face! Best of luck to Angus (Lucas Till) and the team, which infiltrates a glam hotel that doubles as an international criminal hideout to track her down.

A new season of MacGyver premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 8/7c on CBS, Catch up now on CBS All Access.

Magnum P.I.—Season 3 premieres Friday, Dec. 4

\u200bJay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum and Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins.

Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum and Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins.

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In May's finale, Magnum (Jay Hernandez) made a last-ditch effort to keep Higgins (Perdita Weeks) from having to return to the British Isles. In need of a friend with deep pockets to pay for an expensive immigration lawyer, Magnum hits up his filthy rich boss. The (still-unseen) writer signed Robin's Nest over to Higgins, making her the boss and thus able to stay in the country. In the new season premiere, Magnum's new clients ask him to find their missing brother last seen on the island, Higgins is shot, and TC (Stephen Hill) is abducted!

A new season of Magnum P.I. premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Blue Bloods—Season 11 premieres Friday, Dec. 4

Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan, Marisa Ramirez as Detective Maria Baez.

Photo Credit: Patrick Harbron/CBS.

The drama addresses police brutality and the pandemic in the episode titled "Triumph Over Trauma." Frank (Tom Selleck) goes head-to-head with City Council Speaker Regina Thomas (The Stand's Whoopi Goldberg) over protests, while Eddie (Vanessa Ray) helps an abrasive woman find her father's body after it was misplaced during the outset of COVID. Elsewhere, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg ) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) go missing while searching for a killer, so Jamie (Will Estes) and his nephew, Joe (Will Hochman) must team up to find them.

A new season of Blue Bloods premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

Photography by F. Scott Schafer.


​Daniela Ruah

\u200bDaniela Ruah wears an elegant black evening dress as she seemingly is emerging from a swimming pool

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

As Special Agent Kensi Blye, Daniela Ruah delivers a mix of tomboy tough and feminine mystique. Here, she displays the latter in Santa Barbara.

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Christine Baranski

Christine Baranski stands poolside wearing a vibrant red and blue dress with a buccolic countryside stretching out behind her

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Bellissima! Even in the stunning hills of Tuscany, The Good Fight star commands center stage.

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

​Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore strikes the yoga warrior pose as he stretches at a private hotel pool

Photography by Kwaku Alston.

The man behind Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson on S.W.A.T. strikes a steamy warrior pose.

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Jay Hernandez

Jay Hernandez naps in the sun while poolside

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Magnum P.I. actor Jay Hernandez proves nothing is more relaxing than some fun in the Cancún sun.

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​Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama is fully clothed and emerging from a body of water

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama brings his signature smolder to this sexy photo shoot in Honolulu.

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​Melody Thomas Scott

Melody Scott Thomas wears a vibrant yellow dress with massive sleeves stands in front of a pool and tiled pillar

Photography by Andrew Eccles.

Melody Thomas Scott, who recently celebrated forty years of playing Nikki Newman on Y&R, takes some R&R in Malibu.

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Peter Bergman

Peter Bergman standing at the edge of a pool

Photography by F. Scott Schafer.

Further proof that Peter Bergman walks on water.

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​Candice Patton

Candice Patton swims in a seaside swimming pool wearing a blue swimsuit

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Candice Patton, who plays journalist Iris West on The CW drama, is photographed on the equally gorgeous island of Jamaica.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

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