USA Network has renewed their long running legal dramedy Suits for a sixteen episode seventh season, TVWise has learned. The announcement was made today during the network’s panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.
With the pick up, Suits will now produce more than the 100 episodes needed for the studio to secure a lucrative syndication/SVOD deal. It is also a stones throw away from tying the record for USA Network’s longest running original drama series, a record that is currently jointly held by Royal Pains, Psych and Monk – all of which produced eight seasons.
Created by Aaron Korsh, Suits follows Mike Ross, a college dropout with an eidetic memory who, before being kicked out of college for selling an exam paper, once dreamed of becoming an attorney. After Mike wonders into an office while evading the police, he impresses Harvey Specter who then proceeds to hires him as a less-than-legal associate for his law firm. The drama series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and stars Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Gina Torres, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle and Sarah Rafferty.
The show’s sixth season picks up immediately from the season five finale, which saw Mike left behind bars. After signing a plea deal to spare his colleagues at Pearson Specter Litt, Mike will be confronted with the harsh realities of prison life as he starts his two-year sentence. Meanwhile, the once bustling Pearson Specter Litt offices are a ghost town – the partners have defected, leaving Harvey, Jessica, Louis, Donna and Rachel to pick up the pieces. But the firm’s troubles are far from over and they will have to deal with the fallout from Mike’s crime before they can even begin to rebuild.