AceShowbiz - New details of the potential "Suits" spin-off are here. Season 7 finale of "Suits" will serve as a backdoor pilot for the spin-off, which is set to center on Gina Torres' character Jessica Pearson. Unlike the mothership series, the potential new series will not be a legal drama but focus on Jessica's new life in the world of Chicago politics.
The upcoming season 7 finale, which is slated to air in the first quarter of 2018, will see the reunion between Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty), Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) and Jessica, who is adjusting to her new life in the Windy City. 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.
"Gina Torres is a terrific actress and a valued member of our family," says Jeff Wachtel, chief content officer for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and president of Universal Cable Productions. "Gina and Aaron [Korsh] have created a truly memorable character in Jessica Pearson, and we felt we owed it to the audience-and ourselves!-to follow her journey beyond the original show."
Chris McCumber, President of Entertainment Networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, adds in a statement, "The powerhouse character of Jessica Pearson, expertly brought to life by the incomparable Gina Torres, has won the hearts of television fans everywhere. USA Network is beyond thrilled to work with Gina, Aaron Korsh, the entire 'Suits' producing team and our partners at UCP to explore the exciting next phase of Jessica's story."
Series creator Korsh and EP Daniel Arkin will pen the special episode. Korsh teases that "Jessica is going to get in a tangle and a tussle with some Chicago politics players. They will be of different levels, from the Mayor on down, and maybe not all will be directly involved in politics, we may have a real estate developer or someone of that type, and some power brokers within the city and maybe further a little down the rung in that world." He further reveals that we may figure out "who's a potential ally and who's a potential enemy in her world."
"Suits" alum Anton Cropper will serve behind the lens for the special episode. Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein are set to executive produce alongside Korsh.
"Suits" season 7 airs on Wednesdays at 9 P.M. on USA Network.