'Suits' Will Kick Off Its Final Season in July

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The final season of Suits has a premiere date.

USA Network will begin rolling out the last 10 episodes of the long-running legal drama on Wednesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, ET has learned. Following Suits' return, Gina Torres' Chicago-set spinoff, Pearson, will launch at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Suits will pick up with Manhattan law firm, Zane Specter Litt Wheeler Williams, facing uncertainty and change -- yet again -- after Robert Zane (Wendell Pierce) took the fall with the American Bar Association to save Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), leaving Samantha Wheeler (Katherine Heigl) reeling from the loss of her mentor. Meanwhile, Zane's departure forces Harvey to realize he doesn't want to lose the most important person in his life, Donna (Sarah Rafferty). 

According to the official synopsis for the ninth and final season, Suits will follow Harvey and Donna as they attempt to navigate their new romance with their professional obligations, as they fight to salvage the firm's tarnished reputation. Rick Hoffman, Dule Hill and Amanda Schull also star in the series.

While it is unclear whether former star Patrick J. Adams will return as Mike Ross for the swan song ("We both decided if the time was right and he was up for it and he had the time, that we would do it," creator Aaron Korsh said earlier this year), one thing is for certain: Meghan Markle, who left the series after the seventh season with Adams and is expecting her first child with Prince Harry, will not

"We're not currently pursuing asking Meghan Markle to leave her position with the royal family and join us," Korsh told reporters, including ET, at the Television Critics Association press tour in January. "I would love it but I think it's pretty close to zero."

In Pearson, Torres returns as the New York City powerhouse lawyer-turned-Chicago political fixer Jessica Pearson, who adjusts to the gritty world of dirty politics. Newly appointed as Chicago Mayor Bobby Novak's (Morgan Spector) right hand, Jessica becomes embroiled in a crooked and dangerous new world where every action has far-reaching consequences. With her compulsion to win, Jessica is forced to reconcile her unstoppable drive with her desire to do the right thing.

Joining Torres in the ensemble cast is Spector, Bethany Joy Lenz, Simon Kassianides, Eli Goree, Isabel Arraiza and Chantel Riley. See the new Pearson poster below. 

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Production on Suits' final season has already begun, with Macht, Rafferty and Korsh taking to social media to mark their last first day of filming.

Suits and Pearson premiere Wednesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and 10 p.m. ET/PT, respectively, on USA Network.

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