For the past four months, Suits has been the hottest series on television, breaking a slew of streaming viewership records. Now the franchise, which ended in September 2019 with the Suits series finale, is plotting a comeback.
Series creator Aaron Korsh is working on a new addition to the Suits universe for NBCUniversal, according to sources. While deals are still in negotiation, the project is expected to be fast-tracked with a significant commitment. Unlike the 2019 spinoff “Pearson,” this new legal procedural is not a revival or reboot, nor is it a spinoff. Instead, it will be a Suits universe series, featuring fresh characters in a new location, with Los Angeles being considered as a potential backdrop for the workplace drama.
The network or platform for the potential series has not been determined yet, as is often the case with NBCUniversal development. Both the original Suits series and the Pearson spinoff aired on the USA Network and were produced by UCP, a part of Universal Studio Group. UCP, where Aaron Korsh was based for several years, is currently in discussions to produce the new offshoot. The project is expected to have Aaron Korsh as an executive producer, alongside David Bartis and Doug Liman, who served as executive producers on the original series. A representative for NBCUniversal declined to comment on the matter.
Suits, a series centering on the famous litigator Harvey Specter, played by Gabriel Macht, and his partnership with the university expellee Mike Ross, portrayed by Patrick J. Adams, is known for its engaging storyline and memorable characters. It was a hit during its initial run, spanning nine seasons and giving rise to a short-lived spinoff called Pearson, headlined by Gina Torres. The show made a successful transition to streaming platforms and was available on Prime Video and Peacock for years.
However, the series saw a resurgence in popularity when Netflix secured the rights to its first eight seasons in a cost-effective second-cycle non-exclusive deal. This resurgence might have been fueled by curiosity surrounding Meghan Markle’s final role before becoming a British royal. Suits boasted breezy, addictive storytelling and memorable characters, which further contributed to its popularity.
In a recent milestone, Suits surpassed Ozark for the most No. 1 overall finishes in the Nielsen Streaming Top 10. Aaron Korsh, the creator of Suits, expressed his amazement at the show’s remarkable success during its second life, noting, “I always thought we were underestimated, but it turns out, even I underestimated #Suits.” He shared this sentiment in a retweet of Deadline’s story on the latest streaming records broken by his show, adding, “It’s good to be the King.”