In a move that's great news for those who love quality television, USA has renewed its legal drama, Suits, for a second season. Even though the show represents a slight alteration in USA's standard drama formula, it has succeeded on the network's summer schedule. It's also really, really good.
follows two high-end Manhattan lawyers, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams). Harvey is a polished, aggressive and ruthless lawyer who impulsively takes a chance when he hires Mike -- a young, pot-smoking, mildly-criminal loser -- as his associate.
It is not, however, quite as crazy as it sounds. Mike turns out to be a genius with a photographic memory, a law license (having taken the New York bar exam on a dare) and a desperate desire to work as a lawyer. Of course, the two have to keep Mike's shady background a secret from the rest of the firm.
Debuting on June 23 and scheduled to run through September 8, the 12 episodes of Suits
' first season have received solid ratings throughout the summer. According to Deadline.com
, the show has averaged 6.34 million viewers (live viewings plus seven) over the season. In light of this, USA will be ordering a longer season -- 16 episodes -- for next year.
As quoted on Deadline.com
, network executives at USA are pleased with the success of Suits
. The network's co-presidents both made statements praising the show. Co-president Jeff Wachtel said:
"One of the things that we are trying with this show is really pushing out, trying new things. With Suits
, we've gone to a new level of storytelling and visual sophistication and to a little bit of an edgier place -- Harvey is not immediately likable and the young hero has made so many bad choices in his life, when we meet him his is dealing drugs. For a network that has made its mark with aspirational characters and smart escapism, this is a step in a new direction."
USA's other co-president, Chris McCumber added that USA sees the show as "a long-term player."
There is not yet any word on the fate of USA's other new drama, Necessary Roughness
, but reports indicate that a second-season deal is expected soon. With both shows likely to come back next year, USA has extended its winning series streak yet again: virtually no programming on the network (which features established hits like Burn Notice
, White Collar
and Covert Affairs
) has been taken off the air in years.
At least with Suits
, that record protects a show of truly high quality.Click here to visit the Suits Ultimate Fan Page for more Suits news, trivia and more
airs Thursdays on USA at 10pm.(Image courtesy of USA)