Cape Town – The popular legal drama Suits is getting a spinoff with a new show that will focus on Gina Torres' character, the lawyer Jessica Pearson who left for Chicago midway during the 6th season.
An episode order number and a possible starting date for the as-yet-untitled spinoff from Universal Cable Productions isn't known yet, but the NBCUniversal owned show says the new show will revolve around lawyer Jessica Pearson as she tries to adjust to the world of Chicago politics.
"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," says the producers about the new series.
"Gina's portrayal of Jessica Pearson as one of television's strongest, most successful businesswomen has made a huge impact with fans," says Chris McCumber, president of entertainment networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
"We can't wait to explore this next chapter in the Suits legacy – and a brand-new world for Jessica."
Suits creator Aaron Korsh will executive produce the spinoff with Torres that will also get an executive producer title.
"It was an extraordinary pleasure working with Gina on Suits for six years," says Aaron 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 Network for giving 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."
Gina Torres says: "The audience that is watching Suits holds us to a golden standard that we hope to meet and, in our wildest dreams, maybe push the envelope up.
"Fans of Suits have come to know Jessica as this confident, kick-ass attorney who is always five steps ahead of everyone, but that’s only 5-10% of the entirety of this woman. What is wonderful is that the audience will be treated to not just the great television expected of Suits but also peek into Jessica’s world.
"We want to talk today's topics and really go in and do some commentary and entertain at the same time."
In January Suits was renewed for an 8th season, and announced that Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle are leaving the show. In November 2017 Meghan Markle got engaged to Britain’s Prince Harry. Their wedding is set for Mayy.
Suits will return in its 8th season with Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty and Dulé Hill, as well as newcomer Katherine Heigl.