Suits wrapped up the first half of its third season last month, and to tide fans over before Season 3 returns, USA has decided to go ahead and renew the lawyer drama for a fourth season. Additionally, the network announced its plans to finish airing the second part of Season three.
Suits follows the various schemes and plots of a Manhattan law firm, which includes a young man named Mike who has an eidetic memory and who is posing as a lawyer. When Suits last left off, a murder trial was causing a rift in the firm and Mike’s secret was one step closer to being exposed, thanks to the snoopy behavior of firm employee Louis. With all of that drama, it’s no shock that the series was the #1 scripted series in the 18-49 demographic when it aired on Tuesday nights.
Since the ratings have been pretty good on USA, it’s also no surprise the cable channel would sign on for a fourth round of the drama. Following the pattern of Season 3, 16 episodes will be produced for the new season. As part of the new deal, showrunner Aaron Korsh has agreed to continue to play an integral role in production moving forward. He also signed a deal to begin work to develop other projects for Universal Cable Productions, which means he might eventually produce another drama concept for the network, similar to former Suits showrunner Sean Jablonski.
Before Season 4 hits the schedule, USA will have to finish airing Season 3. The network does an oddball thing where it will air the first several episodes of Suits over the summer and then will air the end of the season once the winter rolls around. This year, there are still six episodes left to air, and this week, USA has noted they will hit the schedule in 2014, following the Olympics. To tie in the Olympics thing a little further, Gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has booked a role on the series. Though the Phelps role should be interesting, I’m pretty sure the only reason the Olympics were mentioned in this post is because Suits is a Universal Cable Production and NBC networks have the airing rights for the Winter Olympics. Kudos to sneaky advertising, I guess.
USA has yet to officially announce when Season 4 will air, but if the show follows the pattern of recent seasons, we should be seeing it next summer. In the meantime, if you do need to catch up on the early Season 3 episodes before the latter half of the season hits the schedule, USA has the show available for “binge viewing” via numerous platforms. The show is available on VOD for a good chunk of cable subscribers, along with the TV Everywhere App. A few of the more recent episodes are also available online.
We’ll keep you posted when we hear more about the latter part of Season 3, as well as Season 4.