USA NETWORK ORDERS SEASON TWO OF HIT ORIGINAL SERIES "SUITS"
Most Watched Show in its Timeslot, #1 in All Key Demos
SUITS Stars Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Gina Torres,
Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle and Sarah Rafferty
NEW YORK - August 11, 2011 - Coming off its biggest summer ever dominating the television landscape with a record number of scripted originals and a firm hold on the #1 position in cable, USA Network today announced the season two pick up of the new hit original series SUITS with an order of 16 one-hour episodes. The series, which shoots in Toronto, stars Gabriel Macht ("Love and Other Drugs"), Patrick J. Adams ("Lost"), Rick Hoffman ("Samantha Who"), Gina Torres ("Firefly"), Sarah Rafferty ("Brothers & Sisters") and Meghan Markle ("CSI Miami"). The announcement was made today by Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel, co-presidents, USA Network.
SUITS launched on Thursday, June 23 at 10/9c and will conclude its 12 episode freshman run with the season finale on Thursday, September 8 at 10/9c. The series has made USA the most watched network Thursdays in the 10pm hour in all of television - broadcast or cable - in delivering P18-49, P25-54, and P18-34, beating every cable competitor in total viewers and households, as well. SUITS is the network's third best freshman season of an original series in P25-54 (2.93 million), P18-49 (2.80 million), P18-34 (1.24 million) and total viewers (6.34 million).
"SUITS exceeded our expectations on every level with its sharp writing, engaging ensemble cast and incredible production values," said Wachtel and McCumber. "Quickly embraced by our viewers, critics and the industry as a series that pushes the envelope of the USA brand, we needed no further evidence to greenlight a second season."
SUITS delves into the fast-paced, high-stakes world of a top Manhattan corporate law firm where hotshot associate Harvey Specter (Macht) makes a risky move by hiring Mike Ross (Adams), a brilliant but unmotivated college dropout, as his new associate. As he becomes enmeshed in this unfamiliar world, Mike relies heavily on the firm's best paralegal Rachel (Markle) and Harvey's no-nonsense assistant Donna (Rafferty) to help him serve justice. With a photographic memory and the street smarts of a hustler, Mike proves to be a legal prodigy despite the absence of bonafide legal credentials. Proving to be an irrepressible duo and invaluable to the practice, Mike and Harvey must keep their secret from everyone including managing partner Jessica (Torres) and Harvey's arch nemesis Louis (Hoffman), who seems intent on making Mike's life as difficult as possible.
From Universal Cable Productions, creator Aaron Korsh wrote the pilot and serves as co-executive producer of SUITS. The series is executive produced by Doug Liman (COVERT AFFAIRS, the "Bourne" trilogy, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith") and David Bartis (COVERT AFFAIRS, "The O.C.,") of Hypnotic with Gene Klein (COVERT AFFAIRS) serving as producer. Kevin Bray ("Walking Tall") is supervising producer and directed the pilot. SUITS is shot on location in Toronto, ON.
Universal Cable Productions creates quality content across multiple media platforms, including USA, Syfy and other networks. A leader in innovative and critically acclaimed programming, UCP is the studio behind USA's "Royal Pains," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Psych," "In Plain Sight," "Covert Affairs," "Fairly Legal" and "Suits," along with Syfy's "Eureka," "Warehouse 13" and "Alphas." The studio is also producing "Against the Wall" for Lifetime and "I Just Want My Pants Back" for MTV. UCP is a division of NBCUniversal.
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