Suits LA Spinoff is Already Forgetting Why People Love the Original

Suits: LA is trying to do its own thing, but might be missing the point of the original series’ recent popularity.

SUITS -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson, Rick Hoffmann as Louis Litt, Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane, Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, Patrick Adams as Mike Ross
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The USA Network drama Suits became a streaming hit last summer after Netflix acquired the first eight seasons. With billions of minutes streamed, it’s no surprise that NBCUniversal would be eager to return to this world that so many people have grown to love. Whispers of a spinoff have been in the air since the show started gaining popularity, but now it’s official – Suits is coming back.

Suits: LA recently received a pilot order from NBCUniversal, and production is slated to begin in late March. However, even though the series will be written and produced by Suits creator Aaron Korsh, as of this moment, none of the original cast members are set to return. Instead, Suits: LA will feature a new cast and primarily follow Ted Black, “a former federal prosecutor from New York, who has reinvented himself representing the most powerful clients in Los Angeles.”

After the last Suits spinoff Pearson only lasted for a season, it’s understandable that Korsh and other producers may want to take a different approach. Pearson was fairly intertwined with the original series, with Gina Torres carrying on her character Jessica Pearson’s story and other characters like Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) making appearances. But even though Pearson may not have been the success NBCUniversal was hoping for, that doesn’t mean that totally abandoning Suits’ original cast of characters is the way to go either.

While plenty of procedurals like Law & Order, CSI, and NCIS have found success in creating spinoff shows with new characters set in the same world, this approach to Suits: LA feels like it’s missing the point of what people loved about the original series. The chemistry of the Suits cast is going to be hard to match, let alone beat – Donna (Sarah Rafferty) and Harvey’s banter, Louis (Rick Hoffman) and Mike’s (Patrick J. Adams) see-sawing respect and disdain, and Jessica’s commanding presence are all things that make this show what it is.


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