'Suits' Season 7 Finale to Serve as Backdoor Pilot for Jessica Spin-Off
'Suits' Season 7 Finale to Serve as Backdoor Pilot for Jessica Spin-Off
Derek Stauffer
Derek Stauffer
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
There has been talk of Suits developing a spin-off centered around Gina Torres' Jessica Pearson for quite some time. Now, thanks to TVLine, details have emerged about what the spin-off might look like and what the plot will entail. Though the potential spin-off is still a ways off, it sounds like it will be a radical departure from what fans have come to expect from the character.

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fans will able to catch their first glimpse of the spin-off in the season 7 finale of the show. The upcoming season finale of Suits is set to function as a backdoor pilot for the spin-off. In other words, the finale won't just wrap up the season arc but plant the seeds for Jessica's solo televised adventures. 

The official episode description reads, "The pivotal Season 7 finale will reunite Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) with their old friend Pearson as she adjusts 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."

The mention of Jessica's life in politics will evidently be the whole focal point of the spin-off. The yet-untitled show will follow the former lawyer as she finds herself emerged in Chicago politics. The spin-off will not be a legal drama like Suits. Instead, USA is shooting for more of a political thriller with the Torres-led series. 

While no official plans have been announced yet for the spin-off, it's looking more and more like it will become a reality. In a statement, Chris McCumber, President of Entertainment Networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said, "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."

As previously mentioned, it's best to not expect the spin-off any time soon. The Suits season 7 finale is set to air sometime in early 2018. So the spin-off likely won't air until after that episode, possibly as far away as late 2018. 

Are you looking forward to the Jessica spin-off? Is it a good idea to change genres from a legal drama? What are your hopes for the series? Will you tune in if the spin-off becomes official?  

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