Gina Torres, whom many fans still think of from Firefly, will be the lead in a potential spinoff series from the USA Network series Suits. The seventh season finale of the Gabriel Macht/Patrick J. Adams lead series will serve as a backdoor pilot. The show is said to focus on Torres' character Jessica Pearson as she enters the world of Chicago politics.
The pilot is being written Aaron Korsh (Suits creator) and Daniel Arkin. Korsh explained the setup for the spinoff:
"Jessica is going to get in a tangle and a tussle with some Chicago politics players. They will be of different levels, from the Mayor on down, and maybe not all will be directly involved in politics, we may have a real estate developer or someone of that type, and some power brokers within the city and maybe further a little down the rung in that world. As we go though the spinoff episode, at the end hopefully you'll have a great idea of what her future is moving forward and who's a potential ally and who's a potential enemy in her world."
Word is that there will be three new characters cast with the idea of being part of the new series, but who those characters will be is unknown, since they writers won't start on the script for a few more days. There has also been talk that newly added Dule Hill (Pysch, West Wing) might migrate to the spinoff, but that decision has yet to be made.
Torres was part of Suits for the first six seasons, finally leaving at the end of season six to spend more time with her family. But once back in Los Angeles, the actress began to miss the character and came up with the idea of the political bent spinoff and pitched it to Korsh. The idea has morphed from the original concept that Torres pitched, but Korsh said the core of the idea was fantastic. Torres went with the political concept over a legal one because she didn't want the show to just be Suits 2.