S.W.A.T. Producer Hints at Possible Comeback for Alex Russell & Kenny Johnson in Season 8

CBS initially canceled “S.W.A.T.” but reversed the decision after fans and cast members took to social media to advocate for its continuation. With the show returning for Season 8, producer Andrew Dettman has addressed whether Alex Russell and Kenny Johnson—who played Jim Street and Dominique Luca, respectively—will return, despite their characters receiving definitive send-offs in Season 7.

“I would love to see them back,” Dettmann told TV Insider. “The heartbreaking thing was when we thought Season 7 was the end. Giving Street and Luca those goodbyes seemed like great story opportunities that the writers were eager to explore. Now, it’s like, oh boy, we wrote them out.”

Kenny Johnson left “S.W.A.T.” after his character nearly died in the line of duty. Despite his departure, there is no bad blood between him and his former colleagues, suggesting he might be open to returning. Meanwhile, Russell may have been approached about rejoining the crew in a different capacity.


During the interview, Dettman pondered ways Alex Russell and Kenny Johnson’s characters could return to the “S.W.A.T.” universe. He mentioned considering Russell for a behind-the-scenes role but also had ideas for his character’s return.

“There’s no reason why LAPD couldn’t collaborate with Long Beach PD on a case, bringing Street back,” Dettmann said. “I hope Alex, who plays Street, also directs for us. I don’t have my director’s list for Season 8 yet, as it’s a complicated process, but I’d love for Alex to direct. If I can convince him to step in front of the camera too, I’ll do that.”

Dettman added that he’d love to work with Russell again, though he didn’t reveal any potential storylines for his character. While the future of these actors on “S.W.A.T.” remains uncertain, Dettmann’s comments offer hope for fans eager to see Jim Street and Dominique Luca back in action.

To catch up on behind-the-scenes developments, read about what happened to Alex Russell’s Jim Street in Season 7.