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Fans of the USA show Suits just got some great news. The show has been renewed by the network for Season 7.
The network announced today that Suits will, indeed, get a seventh season, which will likely debut next summer. The show, currently still airing Season 6, has been averaging more than 3 million total viewers for USA in its Wednesday night time slot. Those are pretty good numbers for any cable network, so it makes a lot of sense that USA would renew the series so early into Season 6, with only Episode 4 airing this week.
Suits is a legal drama that focuses on Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), a man gifted with a memory that allows him to practice law, even though he never passed the bar exam or so much as went to college. He and his boss, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) must then keep the secret as Mike works on cases illegally. Season 5 of Suits did the unthinkable by completely shaking up the status quo of the series. Mike was finally found out, and he accepted a plea deal to serve two years in prison in order to keep his law firm, Pearson Specter Litt, from taking the full brunt of the punishment for hiding him and letting him practice law.
Showrunner Aaron Korsh has already gone on record to say that the show has no intention of giving Mike a quick get-outta-jail card. They plan on leaving him in the clink for a good long time, so that he, and everyone who helped hide him, really gets the severity of what they did. This season has, as a result, started with Mike still serving his sentence and trying to get used to being in lock up with some duplicitous and dangerous people, some of whom appear to have his best interests at heart, but, of course, really don't. He's also trying to fix his fractured relationship with his fiancee, Rachel, whom he left at the altar to begin his sentence and can't even communicate with for at least his first month in prison. His former law firm is also dealing with the fallout, as two of the firm's partners and Harvey's legal secretary return to the firm after the bomb drops to find that all of the employees have taken off.
The drama has maintained favorable reviews and solid ratings since its debut in 2011, so the fact that USA is fully behind the show isn't a surprise. And, with Suits firmly committed to shaking things up and leaving them shook for a while, the new creative direction has probably only helped them to stay relevant for USA and to the viewers. You can keep up with Suits on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST.