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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