The USA Net­work wel­comes a few new char­ac­ters on ‘Suits’


“Char­ac­ters Wel­come” is the slo­gan for USA Net­work, and it has done an out­stand­ing job of liv­ing up to that with its slate of crit­i­cally ac­claimed and pop­u­lar se­ries.

So many view­ers have wel­comed char­ac­ters such as Michael Westen, Hank Law­son, Neal Caf­frey and An­nie Walker into their homes that USA is the No. 1 net­work in all of ba­sic cable.

The net­work wel­comes a few new char­ac­ters to its mix with “Suits,” pre­mier­ing Thurs­day, June 23.

“Suits” comes from Doug Li­man (the “Bourne” tril­ogy) and David Bar­tis (“Heist”), two ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers of an­other USA se­ries, “Covert Af­fairs.” As that show of­fers a unique twist on the CIA drama, so does “Suits” present a tweak­ing of the legal drama genre. In fact, with its quirky char­ac­ters and com­bi­na­tion of hu­mor and drama, it’s some- what hard to con­sider “Suits” a straight-out legal show.

“I al­most don’t even think of it as a legal se­ries any­more,” says Pa­trick J. Adams, who plays new law firm re­cruit Mike Ross. “We’re do­ing a re­ally good job of keep­ing it to the char­ac­ters, as USA is so known for. It’s all there to ser­vice these peo­ple and char­ac­ters.”

The char­ac­ter of Mike is a bril­liant but un­mo­ti­vated col­lege dropout with both book smarts and street smarts. He in­ad­ver­tently finds him­self hired as an as­so­ciate at a top law firm by the un­con­ven­tional Harvey Specter.

“I think (Mike) is a guy who’s just be­gin­ning to un­der­stand he’s the only per­son stand­ing in his way,” Adams says. “By that I mean that he’s sort of in that quin­tes­sen­tial state that ev­ery­body finds in their life when they have to de­cide to have faith in them­selves and re­ally fol­low through on the things that they said they al­ways dreamed of do­ing. ... And be­cause he meets this in­cred­i­ble, strange man — Harvey — he’s put in a po­si­tion where he re­ally has to make that choice for him­self.”

Gabriel Macht (“The Spirit”) plays Harvey, whose swag­ger off­sets Mike’s earnest­ness.

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