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USA Eyes ‘Suits’ Spin-Off

Gina Torres to Headline Proposed New Drama

USA Network and Universal Cable Productions have announced that the season seven finale of drama “Suits,” airing in the first quarter of 2018, will serve as a potential spin-off to center around powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres). The logline: The season-ender will reunite Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) with their old friend Pearson as she adjusts to her new life in the Windy City. When she is forced to enter the dirty world of Chicago politics, Pearson must rely on her legal wits and valiant relationships from Pearson Specter Litt to navigate this unknown territory.

The pilot will be executive produced and written by “Suits” creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh and executive producer Daniel Arkin, and will be directed by “Suits” alum Anton Cropper (“House of Lies,” “Blackish”). Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic (“Suits”) will also serve as executive producers.

“Gina Torres is a terrific actress and a valued member of our family,” said Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and President, Universal Cable Productions. “Gina and Aaron have created a truly memorable character in Jessica Pearson, and we felt we owed it to the audience – and ourselves! – to follow her journey beyond the original show.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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