Reality TV producers just can’t seem to get enough guns and shoot-em-up competitions. If Stars Earn Their Stripes wasn’t enough to get your blood flowing (a distinct possibility), Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T. oughta do it. The new S.W.A.T. competition program is currently in production, set to air starting in January. SIG sponsors the show where real-life officers vie for $10k for themselves and $100k for their departments (’cause the boys in blue can never have enough infrared laser-based weaponry). No dogs were harmed in the filming of this program. So far . . .
TEMECULA, Calif. – August 28, 2012 – Fourteen real-life S.W.A.T. officers compete. But there can only be one victor. Outdoor Channel, America’s leader in outdoor TV, today announced production is in full swing for the new original Outdoor Channel series, “Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T.” Scheduled to premiere in January 2013, this one-hour adrenaline-fueled reality show will take viewers on realistic missions through explosive danger led by officers that serve in this line of duty day in and day out.
Presented by Sig Sauer, “Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T.” is produced by Winnercomm, an independent sports production company and division of Outdoor Channel Holdings. The 13-week original series, which is filming in St. Louis, Missouri, features the fierce competition between special weapons and tactics operators made up of active-duty U.S. S.W.A.T. officers who are vying for $10,000 for themselves along with cash and prizes valued at more than $100,000 for the S.W.A.T. departments they serve back home.
“Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T.” provides viewers with a glimpse into the mentally rigorous and physically dangerous conditions that professional S.W.A.T. teams are faced with, covering a variety of tactical disciplines from high-risk helicopter rescue missions to close quarters combat.The S.W.A.T. operators are divided up into two seven-person teams – the Blue Team and the Black Team – as they compete in weekly team elimination challenges until two individuals remain. The final two S.W.A.T. operators then go head-to-head in the finale for one last extreme mission.
“‘Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T.’ is among the character- and competition-driven programming we’re developing to bolster our 2013 lineup and reinforce our commitment to original productions moving forward,” said Tom Hornish, President and CEO, Outdoor Channel. “With its unique potential to attract an expansive audience interested in the heroism of America’s finest operators, in addition to the mechanics of tactical excellence, the series is an ideal addition to our original programming portfolio.”
Hosted by Mykel Hawke [above], a renowned former special forces operator and star of Discovery Channel’s “One Man Army” and “Man, Woman, Wild,” “Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T.” is guaranteed to hook audiences of all ages, as it unfolds throughout the season as the ultimate reality television competition. The series will also feature Terry Schappert, Master Sergeant Green Beret and host of the History Channel’s internationally broadcast series “WARRIORS with Terry Schappert,” who will serve as team leader of the Blue Team presented by Streamlight. Former New Zealand and United Kingdom Special Air Service (SAS) veteran Adam Hamon will command the Black Team presented by Nosler.
“‘Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T.’ will mark Outdoor Channel’s first-ever tactical competition series,” said Jeff Wayne, Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, Outdoor Channel. “As production kicks off, we couldn’t be more excited to unveil such a riveting program that is designed to portray true elements of a professional S.W.A.T. team and its cast of elite S.W.A.T.operators to viewers.”
IrTactical, a unit of Universal Electronics, Inc., is furnishing the S.W.A.T. operators with state-of-the-art equipment, including infrared laser-based weaponry, which can trigger the delivery of a temporary high-voltage low-current electrical discharge to simulate real-world effects. They are also supplying the show with other supplies that mimic realistic tactical gear used by law enforcement and the military in the harshest of environments.