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TV show ‘Suits’ renewed for season eight, despite departure of two of its stars

The final episodes of season seven of ‘Suits’ will begin as of March 28. — AFP picThe final episodes of season seven of ‘Suits’ will begin as of March 28. — AFP picLOS ANGELES, Jan 31 — Actors Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle will wrap up the second half of season seven, which re-commences in March, as their last. Their joint final episode will air as a two-hour season finale.

Although USA Network has confirmed that it has renewed the legal drama for an eighth season, it will be without Adams (as Mike Ross) and Markle (as Rachel Zane). The characters have been romantically involved and central to series storylines. In real life, the actors are leaving the show for respective romantic reasons of their own, notably Markle, who will marry Britain’s Prince Harry.

Their characters’ absence may indicate an overhaul of the show. Series creator Aaron Korsh is set to return for the eighth season with recurring stars Gabriel Macht, Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman. Dulé Hill has been promoted to series regular.

Variety noted that Korsh is shepherding a Suits spinoff revolving around the character played by actress Gina Torres, who left the series during its sixth season.

Still, there is the glimmer of a cameo. “I’ve said my goodbyes to Mike and to Suits but I never close any door,” Adams told The Hollywood Reporter.

The final episodes of season seven will begin as of March 28. — AFP-Relaxnews

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