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Dule Hill was a consistent source of laughs on the small screen for eight years as Shawn's long-suffering best pal Gus on Psych. The series finale aired on USA back in 2014, and Hill moved first to HBO and then to CBS. Now, he's heading back to USA for what sounds like a killer role on an exciting drama. He has joined the cast of Suits and will debut when it returns for Season 7 in July.
Suits has cast Dule Hill to play a character named Alex Williams, who is a longtime friend of Harvey's, and therefore probably has a lot of baggage and/or a drinking problem. He's a senior partner at the Bratton Gould law firm, which is a rival firm to Harvey's Pearson Specter Litt. Alex has an impressive list of clients, and he'll likely do just about anything to keep them.
The arc for Alex Williams is slated to run for the whole of Season 7, according to THR, although it is not yet known if Dule Hill will appear in every episode. It does bode well that Suits is bringing in fresh blood to lived things up next season. The departure of Gina Torres in the Season 6 midseason finale left a hole in the cast that the show couldn't quite satisfactorily fill in the second half of Season 6. Something tells me that Dule Hill may have the dramatic and comedic chops to fit right into the series and help usher Suits into a new era.
Of course, Suits was going to be charting new territory in Season 7 anyway. Season 6 ended with Mike officially being recognized as a lawyer and returning to the firm with Harvey. We can bet that tensions between the folks at Pearson Specter Litt will start to build as Mike tries to adapt to his new official role; it should be interesting to see how Dule Hill's Alex Williams and his firm fit into everything.
Dule Hill was previously a member of the cast of the freshman legal drama Doubt, but that series was cancelled after only two episodes aired. It was a stroke of bad luck for Hill and the rest of the cast, but he at least has landed on his feet. Suits is an established drama with a solid fanbase, and Dule Hill is a familiar face on USA; I'm guessing that Suits will be a pretty great fit for Hill's talents.
Unfortunately, we still have a while to wait before we see Dule Hill in action as Alex Williams. Suits returns to USA for Season 7 on Wednesday, July 12 on USA. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news, and don't forget to check out our midseason TV premiere guide and our summer TV premiere schedule to discover all your viewing options now and in the coming weeks while you wait for more Suits. Be sure to drop by our rundowns for cable/streaming and broadcast TV renewals and cancellations as well.