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Suits - Renewed for 8th Season; Patrick Adams Not Returning; Dule Hill Promoted to Regular

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Network to Air Back Half of Season 7 Beginning March 28; Will Say Goodbye to Two Beloved Characters

NEW YORK, NY - January 30, 2018 - USA Network and Universal Cable Productions announced today that SUITS has been renewed for an 8th season. Show creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh is set to return, as are stars Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter), Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen), Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt) and newly-minted series regular Dulé Hill (Alex Williams).

Additionally, the network announced that the back half of SUITS' Season 7 will premiere on Wednesday, March 28 at 9/8c, culminating in a 2-hour season finale on Wednesday, April 25 - an arc in which SUITS says goodbye to characters Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle).

"After seven seasons, SUITS remains one of USA Network's most beloved and popular series," said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. "While we're excited for Season 8, everyone at USA will deeply miss Patrick and Meghan, and are grateful for the talent and commitment they brought to SUITS season after season. We wish each of them nothing but the very best."

Said Aaron Korsh, creator and executive producer of SUITS: "I would like to thank Patrick and Meghan for their extraordinary contributions over the last seven years. Not only have they been outstanding in their roles as Mike and Rachel, they are also superb human beings who will always be beloved members of the SUITS family, and we wish them well in their days to come." Korsh continued: "Speaking of days to come, I am incredibly excited to welcome back our phenomenal crew and cast - Gabriel, Sarah, Rick and Dulé -who will continue the roller coaster ride with all of our amazing fans. Season 8 will have everything from shifting alliances and internal power plays, to secrets, betrayals and fiery relationships. Keep an eye out for an adversarial new character that will give Harvey a run for his money."

SUITS began when legendary hotshot lawyer Harvey Specter took a gamble by hiring Mike Ross, a brilliant, but not-so-legitimate college dropout, as an associate at his prolific Manhattan law firm. Nearly seven seasons later, this dynamic duo along with Louis, Donna and Rachel have become a family intertwined in one another's triumphs and tribulations.

When the back half of Season 7 returns, Harvey must deal with the aftermath of Jessica (Gina Torres) losing her license, while trying to process how the kiss with Donna will affect his relationship with Paula (Christina Cole). Mike tries to juggle his commitment to the firm, his passion for pro bono work, and his engagement to Rachel. All the while, Louis struggles with right and wrong as his torrid affair with Sheila (Rachael Harris) deepens.

From Universal Cable Productions, SUITS was created and is executive produced by Aaron Korsh. Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic serve as executive producers. Daniel Arkin, Rick Muirragui, Genevieve Sparling and Christopher Misiano also serve as executive producers.


November 28th: Meghan Markle Exiting
Press Release
After 7 Amazing Seasons, Meghan Markle Will Depart Suits

Following the news of Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry, the beloved Suits star will depart from USA's legal drama at the end of season seven, which returns to the network in early 2018.

Suits fans have long admired Markle's character Rachel Zane for her tenacity and integrity, rising in the ranks at Pearson Specter Litt from a promising paralegal to a full-fledged lawyer who was part of Harvey’s core team. Through the toughest of times -- whether professional or personal -- Rachel has proven to Suitors around the world that it's always worth it to fight for what you believe in and never lose faith in yourself.

USA Network and Universal Cable Productions, which co-produce Suits, issued a statement Tuesday on the departure of the beloved actress and her character from the show:

“From all of us at USA Network and Universal Cable Productions, we want to send our most heartfelt congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their engagement. Meghan has been a member of our family for seven years and it has been a joy to work with her. We want to thank her for her undeniable passion and dedication to Suits, and we wish her the very best.”

Suits creator Aaron Korsh also sent well wishes to Markle, writing on Twitter, "Congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their engagement. Wonderful news, I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. Love, Aaron"


27th November - Prince Harry to marry girlfriend Meghan Markle next year
Prince Harry is to marry his American actress girlfriend Meghan Markle.

The prince, fifth in line to the throne, will marry Ms Markle next spring and they will live at Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace, London.
The couple, who have been dating since the summer of 2016, secretly got engaged earlier this month.

Prince Charles said he was "thrilled" with his son's news, which he announced on Twitter, adding that Ms Markle's parents had given their blessing.
Only the Queen and "other close members of his family" initially knew of the engagement, which took place in London, Prince Charles said.


Patrick J. Adams & Meghan Markle Expected to Depart
As USA Network’s popular legal drama series Suits is prepping the second half of its seventh season, I hear that co-lead Patrick J. Adams is not expected to continue as a series regular in Season 8, which has not been ordered but I hear is likely. Co-star Meghan Markle also is eying an exit. The contracts on all Suits original cast members are up after Season 7, so both will have fulfilled their current obligations. USA and Suits producer Universal Cable Prods. declined comment.

Rumors about James looking to move on after seven years on the Toronto-based series started to circulate a couple of months ago. James was a fresh-faced young actor who got his big break when he was cast as the co-lead opposite Gabriel Macht in Suits, landing a SAG nomination for the first season. A lot has changed since for him professionally and personally, with James recently getting married, so I hear he this past summer started contemplating a next chapter in his career.

October 2017 - Meghan Markle to Exit?

UK tabloids are reporting that Meghan Markle will be exiting Suits after its 7th season. We will update once US sites make it official. The show has not been renewed for an 8th season yet.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s girlfriend, 36, is said to have told bosses on the US legal drama that she will not return for its eighth series next year.

The American actress will finish filming next month, with Meghan and Harry tipped to announce plans to marry before Christmas.

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