‘Suits’ Will Return for Season 8 Without Patrick J Adams and Meghan Markle

Suits Renewed for Season 8 without Meghan Markle and Patrick J Adams
Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane and Patrick J. Adams as Michael Ross in ‘Suits’ (Photo by Shane Mahood / USA Network)

Meghan Markle will be a little too busy with wedding plans and joining the Royal Family to take part in another season of USA Network’s Suits. Patrick J. Adams is also exiting the series which has now been officially renewed for an eighth season.

Adams and Markle aren’t returning, however Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter), Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen), Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt), and Dulé Hill (Alex Williams) will be back for season eight. Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh is also on board for the upcoming season.

“After seven seasons, Suits remains one of USA Network’s most beloved and popular series,” stated Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “While we’re excited for Season 8, 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.”

“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,” said Aaron Korsh. “Speaking of days to come, I am incredibly excited to welcome back our phenomenal crew and cast – Gabriel, Sarah, Rick and Dulé – who will continue the roller coaster ride with all of our amazing fans. Season 8 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.”

In addition to announcing the season eight renewal, USA Network confirmed the second half of Suits season seven will premiere on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT. Season seven will finish up with a 2-hour season finale on Wednesday, April 25th, and the finale will be the official goodbye to the characters Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle).

The Plot: Suits began when legendary hotshot lawyer Harvey Specter took a gamble by hiring Mike Ross, a brilliant, but not-so-legitimate college dropout, as an associate at his prolific Manhattan law firm. Nearly seven seasons later, this dynamic duo along with Louis, Donna and Rachel have become a family intertwined in one another’s triumphs and tribulations.

When the back half of Season 7 returns, Harvey must deal with the aftermath of Jessica (Gina Torres) losing her license, while trying to process how the kiss with Donna will affect his relationship with Paula (Christina Cole). Mike tries to juggle his commitment to the firm, his passion for pro bono work, and his engagement to Rachel. All the while, Louis struggles with right and wrong as his torrid affair with Sheila (Rachael Harris) deepens.