“Suits” spin-off receives series pickup

A Suits spin-off let by Gina Torres has been confirmed.

Torres, who played lawyer Jessica Pearson on Suits, will be the female lead in a new series that received a series pickup at USA network.

Suits creator Aaron Korsh, who will executive produce and write the spin-off, said in a statement, “It was an extraordinary pleasure working with Gina on Suits for six years. Beyond her undeniable talent, she is an incredible partner and collaborator, and I always hoped we would work together again.”

The expanding franchise comes after Torres made an exit from Suits as Pearson left her position as managing partner at Pearson-Specter-Litt and moved to Chicago. While she has made several guest appearances since, the spin-off is an “opportunity to continue Jessica Pearson’s journey in this new series that will encapsulate all that our fans love about her and Suits – but with its own distinct story that will be unique to the franchise.”

Also departing from Suits at the end of season 7 are Patrick J. Adams, who plays Mike Ross, and Meghan Markle, who played Rachel Zane.

Suits has been picked up for an 8th season with a new cast member also announced as a series regular, Katherine Heigl.