*USA has granted a series order to a “Suits” spinoff starring Gina Torres.
The new series from Universal Cable Productions follows Torres’ powerhouse lawyer character Jessica Pearson as she adjusts to the dirty world of Chicago politics, according to Variety.
The drama will be executive produced and written by “Suits” creator Aaron Korsh with executive producer and showrunner Daniel Arkin. Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic will also serve as executive producers, as will Torres, Variety reports.
“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, entertainment networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We can’t wait to explore this next chapter in the ‘Suits’ legacy – and a brand new world for Jessica.”
Variety previousy reported that the season-seven finale of “Suits” would serve as a backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff starring Torres.
“It was an extraordinary pleasure working with Gina on ‘Suits’ for six years,” said 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.”
In January, USA announced that “Suits” had been renewed for an eighth season without departing stars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle. In November Markle became engaged to Britain’s Prince Harry. The two plan to marry in May.