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Friday, 09 March 2018 05:17

USA Network Picks Up 'Suits' Spin-Off

A spin-off of "Suits" is officially coming to the small screen. USA Network has given a series order to the new show, which is set to center on Gina Torres' Jessica Pearson and her new life in 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," Chris McCumber, President of Entertainment Networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said in a statement. "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. Beyond her undeniable talent, she is an incredible partner and collaborator, and I always hoped we would work together again," added Aaron Korsh, creator and executive producer of "Suits" and the still-untitled spin-off series. "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."

Season 7 of "Suits" will serve as the backdoor pilot for the spin-off. Written by Korsh and fellow EP Daniel Arkin, the spin-off chronicles lawyer Jessica, who is adjusting to her new life in the Windy City. When she is forced to enter the dirty world of Chicago politics, Jessica must rely on her legal wits and valiant relationships from Pearson Specter Litt to navigate this unknown territory.

In addition to starring, Gina, who exited the mothership series in September 2016, will serve as executive producer alongside Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein.

While it remains to be seen when the spin-off will arrive, "Suits" will return for its second-half of season seven on Wednesday, March 28 at 9 P.M. on USA Network.

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