USA's Suits Scores Second Season

The characters of freshman legal drama Suits are welcome for a second season at USA Network. TVLine’s sister site Deadline broke the news that the series has received a 16-episode pickup on the strength of delivering USA’s third-best freshman season of an original series in all key ratings categories.

Suits centers on a superstar Manhattan lawyer (Gabriel Macht) who hires a college dropout (Patrick J. Adams) to help him maintain his rep as one of the best closers in the business, but keeps his protege’s lack of legal credentials a secret from his employers.

In an interview with TVLine’s Matt Webb Mitovich last month, USA co-president Jeff Wachtel noted Suits was “performing above expectations” despite the fact that it represented “a staged risk, an incremental risk” for the network. Wachtel’s counterpart Chris McCumber explained that, “With Suits, you’ve got two characters who frankly you wouldn’t have seen on USA four or five years ago. One is a closer lawyer who’s not all that likeable at first, and the other guy’s been busted for selling pot. We push out against the brand while making sure you’re not alienating the base but growing it.”

Suits‘ Season 1 finale is scheduled to air Sept. 8.