Suits is officially a franchise. USA Network has handed out a series order to the as-yet untitled Suits spin-off that will center around Gina Torres’ character Jessica Pearson. The network did not reveal the size of the order for the spin-off.
The untitled series follows powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson (Torres) as she adjusts to the dirty world of Chicago politics. Pearson was the Managing Partner of Pearson Specter Litt for the first six seasons of Suits. It was piloted through a planted episode (aka backdoor pilot), which is set to air next month as the seventh season finale of Suits.
The project is set up at Universal Cable Productions and hails from Suits creator Aaron Korsh, who will serve as writer and executive producer alongside showrunner Daniel Arkin. Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic and Gina Torres will also serve as executive producers.
“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,” shared Korsh, creator and executive producer of Suits and the new spinoff 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.”
Suits has had two different broadcasters here in the UK. The show began its life as the flagship acquisition for UKTV’s Dave channel, where the first six seasons aired before UKTV dropped it last summer. Netflix UK then swooped in and picked up first run rights ahead of the show’s seventh season. It is an important title for the streaming service and they make new episode available on this side of the pond within 24 hours of their U.S. broadcast. That being the case, and considering Netflix’s extremely close relationship with UCP (the two companies have partnered on such shows as Damnation and The Sinner in the past), the streaming service is considered a likely bidder for UK rights to the spin-off, though they are not involved at this stage.