Suits Update: Season 7B Premiere, Mike’s Out, Heigl Joins Cast and More!

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It’s been a big couple of days for Suits announcements!

The first big announcement is that Suits will finally return to finish off the second part of its seventh season beginning Wednesday, March 28, at 9 p.m.

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As announced last November, season seven will be the last for Meghan Markle, who’ll exit the series as Rachel and to marry Prince Harry in real-life this May. But don’t look for Rachel to be leaving Pearson Specter Litt alone… Patrick J. Adams will also be leaving the series during the two-hour, wedding themed, season finale that is set to air on April 25. 

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Adams spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his decision to leave the series, “Mike would become a full-fledged, certified, legal on paper lawyer. That’s a long way from when we met him and he was this brilliant burnout pothead with no real prospects. I thought we’d come so far and now Mike is going to work to be a lawyer and he’s engaged to the woman of his dreams and he’s got the means and opportunity to do whatever he can imagine. I had this voice in my head that said that we’ve told this story and he hangs out longer, Mike is just going to be another lawyer on television.”

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An episode airing this midseason will also serve as a backdoor pilot to another series being developed by Aaron Korsh. Former Suits star Gina Torres will headline the spinoff, which will be set in Chicago.

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Returning for Suits’ eighth season will be Gabriel Macht (Harvey), Sarah Rafferty (Donna) and Rick Hoffman (Louis). Dule Hill (Psych), who has recurred this season, has been promoted to series regular.

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Katherine Heigl will also be joining Suits in season eight, as Samantha Wheeler, a talented new partner at the firm. “Joining Suits was the perfect organic way to not only collaborate with an EP I admire deeply, but to also become part of a show and cast that I am an immense fan of. I have watched Suits from the very beginning and I feel incredibly lucky to be the newest member of the Pearson Specter Litt family,” said Heigl in a statement. Heigl has previously starred on fan-favourite’s Roswell and Grey’s Anatomy on TV, as well as the hit films 27 Dresses and Knocked Up.

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The eighth season of Suits (which aired its 100th episode this past August) will begin production in Toronto this April and will likely premiere this summer. Suits airs on USA Network in the U.S. and on Bravo in Canada.

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