USA's summer drama Suits will be returning for at least another year, as the network announced a Season 2 order today. Necessary Roughness, USA's second new show this summer, is expected to be renewed soon after.
The network made the announcement as both shows have continued to receive positive buzz. Following in the well-trodden footsteps of other buddy dramas like White Collar and Royal Pains, Suits is an audience hit, scoring an aggregate of 8/10 and 9/10 from user reviews on Metacritic and IMDB, respectively. Necessary Roughness hasn't fared quite as well (though impressions are still favorable overall), but both shows have maintained excellent ratings.
The renewal comes after just seven episodes for Suits. And why not - it's been performing very well for a freshman cable show, scoring 4.6 million viewers on the pilot episode and dipping only slightly since. After the +7 numbers came in (which include DVR playback), the pilot had a total of 6.3 million viewers with an impressive 2.8 in the 18-49 demographic, USA's 3rd-best pilot ever.
Suits comes from Everybody Loves Raymond writer Aaron Korsh, who wrote the pilot for USA back in 2010. Under its working title, A Legal Mind, Gabriel Macht (The Spirit, Behind Enemy Lines) and Patrick J. Adams (Old School) were cast in the leading roles of a hotshot lawyer and his brilliant but uncertified protege. Doug Liman and David Bartis of USA's Covert Affairs served as executive producers for the pilot, with the former staying on for the series.
The network is quick to note that Suits is pushing boundaries, at least for USA. Co-president Jeff Wachtel had this to say on the style and substance of the show:
"With Suits, we've gone to a new level of storytelling and visual sophistication and to a little bit of an edgier place - Harvey is not immediately likable and the young hero has made so many bad choices in his life, when we meet him he is dealing drugs. For a network that has made its mark with aspirational characters and smart escapism, this is a step in a new direction."
Suits is wrapping up its first year of production right now, with the last shooting day scheduled for tomorrow. The show's initial twelve-episode run will conclude a month from now on September 8th, with the second season of twelve episodes likely to follow next summer.
While breaking the story, Deadline Hollywood notes that USA's other summer premiere, Necessary Roughness, is also likely to receive a Season 2 order in the near future. The show started a week later than Suits to take advantage of the NFL season (Callie Thorne plays a therapist specializing in professional athletes) and production will continue until late August.
Necessary Roughness follows Danni Santino (Thorne), a recent divorcee struggling to provide for her kids with her psychiatry practice. She gets a big break when the local football team hires her as a team therapist, after which she becomes a popular practitioner across the pro sports world. Written by Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, the show is based on the real-life experiences of Dr. Donna Dannenfelser, who was hired as the team mental health professional for the New York Jets.
Necessary Roughness has performed almost as well as its fellow newcomer, consistently scoring above four million viewers. Like Suits, its first season consists of twelve episodes, scheduled to end on September 14th, just a few days after the start of the NFL's regular season.
Suits airs Thursday nights at 10 PM on USA
Necessary Roughness airs Wednesday nights at 10PM on USA
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Source: Deadline Hollywood
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