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Suits renewed for farewell season after the departure of Meghan Markle and Patrick J. Adams

It's time to say goodbye to the law firm of Pearson Specter Litt.

By Tina Burke
Much like Meghan Markle did in 2018, it's time for the world to say goodbye to Suits.
The beloved legal drama has been renewed for a 10-episode ninth and final season on the USA Network.
The news comes one year after the show lost the Duchess of Sussex (Rachel Zane) and her on-screen husband Patrick J. Adams (Mike Ross), whose characters moved to Chicago at the end of season seven. Katherine Heigl was introduced in season eight to 'replace' the former stars.
The series still currently stars its main cast of Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter), Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt), Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen), Wendell Pierce (Robert Zane), and Amanda Schull (Katrina Bennett).
Katherine Heigl joined the cast of Suits in 2018.
Suits creator creator Aaron Korsh has released a lengthy statement about the show's end, saying he looks forward to "delighting" and "enraging" viewers with the final season.
"Though I know it isn't true, it seems like only yesterday USA Network took a chance on an unestablished writer's very first hour long script," says Aaron, per Variety. "These days that's a common thing, but forty seven years ago when I first wrote the Untitled Korsh Project, nobody did it. Nobody except the people at USA and UCP.
"First and foremost I would like to thank Alex Sepiol and Dennis Kim, without whom Suits would never have gotten made. I also cannot thank Bill McGoldrick, Jeff Wachtel, Bonnie Hammer, Chris McCumber, Ted Chervin, Dave Bartis, Gene Klein, Doug Liman, Dawn Olmstead and everyone at the network and studio enough for their dedication and support throughout the years. And to the exceptional writers, cast and crew – thank you for your passion and devotion, without which, Suits would be nothing.
"And last but never least, to the fans who have stuck with the Suits family through thick and thin, through can-openers and flashbacks – thank you for always speaking your mind. Without you, I might start to think I'm getting the hang of this writing thing. And once that happens, nobody wins. I look forward to enraging and hopefully sometimes delighting you with the final episodes. Finally, to my wife Kate and my children Cooper and Lucy. Thank you for enduring countless late nights and times away, for me to get to live my dream. I love you. Love, Aaron."
Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter) leads the cast of Suits.
Aaron also took the time to shut down tabloid rumours that he had donated 'millions' to charity in an attempt to secure a return appearance from Meghan in the final season.
"As of this minute, I don't know which of our old original cast will be back and which won't because we're so early in the season. I can tell you that those things in the papers, I have no idea what they're talking about," he tells Deadline.
"I have not arranged for millions of dollars to be donated to anything on behalf of anyone so that I can tell you, but as far as the original people coming back including [Gina Torres' character], Jessica, we're so early in the season that we haven't formulated what we want to do, so we can't reach out to people before we know what we want to do."
Meghan Markle left Suits after becoming engaged to Prince Harry.
Meghan may not be reutrning to Suits, but fans can rest easy in the knowledge that - along with making a cameo in the final season - Jessica Pearson (played by Gina Torres) has scored her own Chicago-set spin-off called Pearson.
The show is set to air in 2019.
Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) will score her own Chicago-set spin-off.
The long-running legal drama is currently in the middle of airing its eighth season, with no set date for the final season locked in.
Suits airs on Universal TV on Foxtel.

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