fans should get ready to have a lot more Jessica Pearson back in their life. Gina Torres' character isn't returning full-time to Suits
, which has been renewed for season 8 without Patrick J. Adams or Meghan Markle
. However, the USA Network has announced that the Suits
spin-off starring Torres as Jessica has been given a full series order.
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The rumors of a Jessica spin-off have been swirling for a long time. While there was always a very high probability that the series would be picked up, it wasn't set in stone. Now things have changed and the still unnamed spin-off will premiere sometime in the future.
Although Torres isn't returning to Suits, fans will see her again on the show. The actress will be back as Jessica for the season 7 finale of Suits, which airs on April 25. The finale, which will be Meghan Markle's and Patrick J. Adams' last episode of the series, will see the main cast travel to Chicago, where Jessica is living. The finale will set up Jessica's spin-off and the future of the Suits itself.
Suits' executive producer Daniel Arkin will serve as the showrunner of the spin-off, which will follow Jessica as "she adjusts to the dirty world of Chicago politics." Torres will serve as executive producer on the series alongside Suits creator Aaron Korsh.
"It was an extraordinary pleasure working with Gina on Suits for six years," Korsh said in a statement. "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 and UCP for giving Dan Arkin, my producing partners at Hypnotic and 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."
The future of Suits is a little shaky with the (somewhat) shocking departures of Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle. Yet this return of such a fan favorite character, even if she's not on the mainline series, might assuage some fans' concerns. Even if Suits fails without two of its main stars, a new era will be dawning with the spin-off.
But what do you think? Are you excited for the spin-off? Will you be tuning in? What do you hope happens in the new series?
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