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"I Would Do That in a Second": Suits Creator on Possible Prequel Series
Creator Aaron Korsh is delighted by the current Suits-aissance on streaming and shares his thoughts on continuing the story.
It's not hyperbole to say that this has been the summer of Suits, with the USA Network series (which ran for nine seasons) finding a massive new audience on streamers such as Peacock. According to Nielsen’s streaming data, from July 17 to 23, Suits set a new record for an acquired title, attracting a massive 3.9 billion viewing minutes across streaming platforms. To translate, that's the most viewing minutes ever in one measurement week. And it's since remained at the top of Nielsen’s Streaming Top 10 with 20 billion viewing minutes over the past six weeks.
No one is more shocked and pleased than Suits creator Aaron Korsh, who recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter for a two-part interview about the impact the series is having on current streaming viewers. Asked why he thought the premise and characters were resonating now, Korsh said: "I think the characters and the underlying base optimism are why people are connecting to the show, and then maybe some of it is tonal because it has drama but also it has humor."
The legal drama makes it easy for new viewers to get immersed in its case-of-the-week format, but it also features a compelling ensemble cast of quirky characters who draw the audience into their personal dramas, especially Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), who is not a lawyer but pretty much scams his way into the job as an associate working for powerful attorney Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht).
Korsh and his writers got to make 134 episodes of Suits across nine seasons, and had the rare knowledge from the network that the ninth season would be their last. As such, he said that they were able to craft a series ending that he was very "satisfied" with, in terms of getting to provide solid closure for all of their characters, especially Mike and Harvey.
Because of that, Korsh said in THR interview that he hasn't put much thought into a reboot of any kind for Suits. "If someone reached out and the cast was into it, I would consider it, if I could come up with something that excited me," he clarified. "But if I could wave a magic wand and get another show on the air, it wouldn’t be a continuation of Suits. Now, I know I’ve mentioned the [Robert] Zane prequel idea, I would do that in a second. I was really excited about that."
The Robert Zane character, played by Tony Award-nominated actor Wendell Pierce, was introduced in Season 2 as an esteemed lawyer and the father of Suits series regular Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle). Robert then became a recurring character on the series, appearing in 35 episodes up through the ninth season. His last appearance was in the Suits series finale, "One Last Con." Recently, Pierce finished a triumphant Broadway run playing Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman and will appear in the Starz drama Power Book III: Raising Kanan in December.
Whether Korsh and Pierce reunite to speak about that prequel remains to be seen but audiences, new and old, can watch their existing alchemy on all nine seasons of Suits on Peacock.