USA Network has announced that it has given a series order to the as-yet-untitled Suits spinoff focussing on the character of powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) and the dirty world of Chicago politics.
“Gina’s portrayal of Jessica Pearson as one of television’s strongest, most successful businesswomen has made a huge impact with fans, “said Chris McCumber, President of Entertainment Networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We can’t wait to explore this next chapter in the Suits legacy — and a brand new world for Jessica.”
“It was an extraordinary pleasure working with Gina on Suits for six years,” added Suits creator Aaron Korsh. “Beyond her undeniable talent, she is an incredible partner and collaborator, and I always hoped we would work together again. I am sincerely grateful to USA and UCP for giving Dan Arkin, my producing partners at Hypnotic and me the opportunity to continue Jessica Pearson’s journey in this new series that will encapsulate all that our fans love about her and Suits — but with its own distinct story that will be unique to the franchise.”
“Suits flagship series has struck a chord with our marketing partners throughout the years as a great platform for advertising and sponsorship opportunities,” said Mark Marshall, Executive Vice President of Entertainment Advertising Sales at NBCUniversal. “This new Gina Torres-led spinoff allows us to provide those same advertisers and audiences with the content we already know they love to watch, and we’re excited to bring them this new chapter in the show’s legacy.”
The spinoff will be preceded by the season seven finale of Suits on Wednesday, April 25th, which serves as a backdoor pilot for the new show. Suits will also return for an eighth season later in the year.