USA has announced the renewal of two fan favorites, Suits and In Plain Site.
Suits, the freshman legal drama, centers on a superstar Manhattan lawyer (Gabriel Macht) who hires a college dropout (Patrick J. Adams) to help him maintain his rep as one of the best closers in the business, but keeps his protege’s lack of legal credentials a secret from his employers. The show has been picked up for a 16 episode second season after doing well in ratings and key demographics (18-49, 25-54, and 18-34) in its 12 episode first season. It’s USA Network’s third best freshman series in those demos and in total viewers (6.34 million).
Veteran drama In Plain Sight was also renewed for a final season of 8 episodes. The show stars Mary McCormack as a U.S. marshal who works in a highly secretive branch of the witness protection program. She must keep her federal witnesses alive, while simultaneously managing her own dysfunctional family. The 4th season of the show just ended with an increase of 6% from a year ago in viewers and the series averaged a healthy 4.9 million viewers overall, as well as double-digit gains in the major demos. The final 8 episodes will air in spring of 2012.
USA is definitely my favorite cable network right now. Every show they come up with turns out to be a hit (though, I no longer watch Covert Affairs). I’m glad to see the renewal of Suits. It is easily one of the best light dramas on TV right now. In Plain Sight is also good, but it has been on a while. It is not surprising that this is the last season for the show and I’m glad the network ordered another season so the fans can have a proper ending.
Rumor has it that the other freshman drama on USA, Necessary Roughness, is close to a season 2 pickup as well. Stay tuned to the site for updates on that as the season winds down.