SUITS Spinoff to Begin Production This March

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SUITS Spinoff to Begin Production This March

By Movieguide® Contributor 

SUITS: LA, a spinoff of the hit series SUITS, is set to begin production this March. 

The legal drama by Aaron Korsh will film in Vancouver and is a production of NBC Universal. 

The series follows former New York federal prosecutor Ted Black, who now works for clients in Los Angeles.

“His firm is at a crisis point, and in order to survive he must embrace a role he held in contempt his entire career,” Variety reported. “Ted is surrounded by a stellar group of characters who test their loyalties to both Ted and each other while they can’t help but mix their personal and professional lives. All of this is going on while events from years ago slowly unravel that led Ted to leave behind everything and everyone he loved.” 

No cast members from the original show are slated to return for the spinoff.

Variety added, “Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, Gina Torres (who led the short-lived PEARSON spinoff), Sarah Rafferty, among others starred in the flagship series. Though, none of the original cast is attached to the spinoff as of yet and NBC has not yet named a lead star.”

SUITS: LA will also differ from the original because it will center around one protagonist—Ted—rather than two—Mike and Harvey in SUITS. 

However, some hypothesize that this change could hurt the new show. 

Screen Rant reported, “While coming up with an entirely new idea for the spinoff makes total sense, it is not taking advantage of the tried and tested element that made SUITS so popular — the dynamic between its leads. SUITS: LA only having one lead means that Ted won’t have a partner-in-crime.” 

The original series ran from 2011 to 2019 on the USA Network and made the most No. 1 appearances ever on the Nielsen Streaming Top 10 chart.  

Movieguide® previously reported on the USA Network:

The USA Network plans to create new scripted series in the same vein as its early 2000s TV drama hits like MONK, PSYCH and SUITS.

“NBCUniversal’s ad-supported cable net is plotting a return to original scripted programming with light, frothy character-based procedurals in the mold of the lineup from the ‘blue sky’ era that included MONK, BURN NOTICE, PSYCH, ROYAL PAINS, WHITE COLLAR and SUITS,” Deadline has reported.

Former Co-President of USA, Jeff Wachtel, said of the shows in 2011, “One thing that is almost beyond belief is in a world where one in every four shows that launches is successful, we have now…nine shows in a row [including PSYCH and FAIRLY LEGAL] that have launched successfully. The fact that nine in a row have come out of the gate is testimony to the creative and marketing teams here, and the spectacular original vision of the shows.”

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