'Suits' Renewed for Season 8 as Patrick J. Adams Officially Exits

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USA Network has officially renewed Suits for an eighth season.

The pickup, which has been expected since November, will keep the Aaron Korsh-created drama going after stars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle wrap their runs in the second half of season seven (which returns March 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT).

To help fill the void, Dule Hill has been promoted to series regular. The actor and Psych grad returned to the NBCUniversal-owned cable network last year when he booked a recurring role on Suits. Hill joins returning stars Gabriel Macht, Sarah Rafferty and Rick Hoffman in season eight. Adams and Markle will exit in grand fashion, with a two-hour, wedding-themed season finale set to air April 25.

"After seven seasons, Suits remains one of USA Network’s most beloved and popular series,” Chris McCumber, president of entertainment networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said Tuesday in a statement. “While we’re excited for season eight, everyone at USA will deeply miss Patrick and Meghan, and are grateful for the talent and commitment they brought to Suits season after season. We wish each of them nothing but the very best."

Suits ranks as USA Network's second-highest-rated scripted series (behind only the yet-to-be renewed Jessica Biel anthology The Sinner.) The drama, produced in-house at Universal Cable Productions, now seems poised to further lean into Macht's Harvey Specter, who has been the focal point for the show since its start.

Added creator and showrunner Korsh: "I would like to thank Patrick and Meghan for their extraordinary contributions over the last seven years. Not only have they been outstanding in their roles as Mike and Rachel, they are also superb human beings who will always be beloved members of the Suits family, and we wish them well in their days to come. Speaking of days to come, I am incredibly excited to welcome back our phenomenal crew and cast — Gabriel, Sarah, Rick and Dule — who will continue the roller coaster ride with all of our amazing fans. Season eight will have everything from shifting alliances and internal power plays, to secrets, betrayals and fiery relationships. Keep an eye out for an adversarial new character that will give Harvey a run for his money."

Suits is produced by Universal Cable Productions. Korsh executive produces alongside Hypnotic's Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein. Additional exec producers include Rick Muirragui, Genevieve Sparling and Christopher Misiano. The renewal comes as Korsh is currently readying a Suits spinoff with former star Gina Torres. The pilot will air as a planted episode in Suits' current season seven and is slated to part of the finale. The installment will reunite Harvey (Macht), Mike (Adams), Louis Litt (Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Rafferty) and Rachel (Markle) with their old friend Jessica (Torres) as she adjusts to her new life in Chicago. When Jessica is forced to enter the dirty world of Chicago politics, she must rely on her legal wits and valiant relationships from Pearson Specter Litt to navigate this unknown territory. (Watch a promo for the second half of seasons even, below.)

"It’s hard for me to imagine what words, in what order would sufficiently express my love and gratitude to all of the people who have made the last seven years possible," Adams said of his exit in a statement. "From my unbelievably talented cast mates to our relentlessly committed crew, to the brilliant minds at USA, UCP and Hypnotic, to the legions of fans all over the world, every one of them dedicating so much of their time, energy and talent to make Suits what it is today — one of the most beloved and successful shows on television. So I will choose the simplest words I have. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. It has been an honor working with and for each and everyone one of you. Mike Ross has taught me a lot about commitment, hard work and the power of believing in yourself and I feel blessed that now we both get to walk out into the lives that we never dreamed we would actually be lucky enough to live. I’m excited to now step across the screen and become solely a fan of a show that I know has much more in store in the years to come. I wish everyone involved the best and am excited to see what kind of trouble they’ll get themselves in and out of from here on out.”

Suits is the last remaining drama from USA Network's "Blue Skies" brand (before the cabler went darker after the success of Mr. Robot). USA's scripted roster also includes Colony, Falling Water, Mr. Robot, Queen of the South, Shooter and the upcoming Unsolved