‘Suits’ Spinoff in the Works as Show’s Popularity Soars on Netflix

The hit legal drama “Suits” has found new life and a massive audience nearly five years after the series finale aired, thanks to a resurgence in popularity driven by its addition to Netflix in June 2023. The show has broken Nielsen streaming records, topping the charts for 12 consecutive weeks last summer.

Now, NBCUniversal is looking to capitalize on the renewed interest in “Suits” by developing a new spinoff series currently titled “Suits: LA”.

The show will feature an entirely new cast of characters and storylines set in the same universe as the original series, but this time taking place at a law firm in Los Angeles rather than New York.

“On the heels of the record-breaking Suits resurgence, it feels like the perfect time to revisit the show that changed our lives,” said original series stars Patrick J. Adams and Sarah Rafferty, who will serve as executive producers on the spinoff podcast diving into behind-the-scenes stories about making the show.

Speculation has swirled that the spinoff could bring back Meghan Markle, who starred on “Suits” for seven seasons before departing in 2018 ahead of her marriage to Prince Harry.

The Duchess of Sussex herself recently called the show’s streaming success “wild” and said “good shows are everlasting.”

Her former co-star Adams added fuel to the rumors by suggesting Markle’s character could return in the spinoff, saying “Mike and Rachel in Seattle. They gotta come down to LA, they gotta fix some stuff.”

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However, the “Suits” cast revealed they no longer have Markle’s phone number to contact her directly about a potential return.

While a Markle cameo seems unlikely, the “Suits” spinoff has tapped Stephen Amell, star of the superhero series “Arrow”, for the lead role as a former federal prosecutor starting over in LA.

The show will also feature a new paralegal character named Erica who is being called “smarter than everyone” and “struggles” despite her Harvard law degree, echoing Markle’s role.

As “Suits” continues to draw huge audiences on Netflix and Peacock, the franchise appears poised to make a splashy return to the small screen, with or without its most famous former star.

The original series has found its second wind by providing viewers a perfect binge show that is “silly, but never dumb” and easy to watch, a comforting escape in turbulent times. With a spinoff on the way, “Suits” is proving good shows never go out of style.

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