A quirky legal drama that has performed well on cable during its freshman season will get a chance to show whether it has legs. Deadline.com reports that USA Network has renewed “Suits” for season two.
The 12-episode first season wraps up Sept. 8. USA has ordered 16 more episodes of the show, which stars Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams.
Since its June 23 premiere, “Suits” has enjoyed USA’s third-best freshman season of any original series in key ratings categories, averaging 2.8 million viewers 18-49 (in Live+7) and 6.34 million total viewers.
Said Jeff Wachtel, USA co-president: "With ‘Suits,’ we’ve gone to a new level of storytelling and visual sophistication and to a little bit of an edgier place — Harvey [Macht] 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."
Another new USA program, "Necessary Roughness," is also expected to receive a renewal.