After eight season on the air – and now an upcoming ninth season during Summer 2019 that will make it the longest-running original scripted series on the network – USA Network announced legal drama Suits would end with an upcoming 10-episode ninth season. Created by Aaron Korsh and debuting in 2011, the show would become one of the network's biggest fan-favorite series – set to premiere its eighth season on Wednesday.
The long-running series faced the exits of original series regulars Gina Torres, Patrick J. Adams, and Meghan Markle over the course of seasons 5-7, requiring a reboot/reinvention of sorts that included the addition of new series regulars Dulé Hill, Amanda Schull, and Katherine Heigl. The three joined original stars Gabriel Macht, Sarah Rafferty, and Rick Hoffman – whose current two-year contracts end at the same time the series finished its run.
The series will also live on this spring, as Torres' Suits character Jessica Pearson gets her own spinoff series Pearson.
"Suits has played an instrumental role in our network's DNA for nearly a decade. I and everyone at USA Network sincerely thank Aaron Korsh, our partners at UCP and the entire Suits family for their tremendous creativity, devotion and support over a truly amazing run."
– Chris McCumber, President, USA Network/SYFY
Show creator Korsh released the following statement:
Though I know it isn't true, it seems like only yesterday USA Network took a chance on an unestablished writer's very first hour long script. These days that's a common thing, but forty seven years ago when I first wrote the Untitled Korsh Project, nobody did it. Nobody except the people at USA and UCP. First and foremost I would like to thank Alex Sepiol and Dennis Kim, without whom Suits would never have gotten made.
I also cannot thank Bill McGoldrick, Jeff Wachtel, Bonnie Hammer, Chris McCumber, Ted Chervin, Dave Bartis, Gene Klein, Doug Liman, Dawn Olmstead and everyone at the network and studio enough for their dedication and support throughout the years. And to the exceptional writers, cast and crew – thank you for your passion and devotion, without which, Suits would be nothing. And last but never least, to the fans who have stuck with the Suits family through thick and thin, through can-openers and flashbacks – thank you for always speaking your mind. Without you, I might start to think I'm getting the hang of this writing thing. And once that happens, nobody wins.
I look forward to enraging and hopefully sometimes delighting you with the final episodes. Finally, to my wife Kate and my children Cooper and Lucy. Thank you for enduring countless late nights and times away for me to get to live my dream. I love you.