Pearson (TV series)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production company(s)||Universal Cable Productions|
|Original network||USA Network|
Pearson is an upcoming American political drama television series created by Aaron Korsh and Daniel Arkin that is set to premiere on USA Network. It is a spin-off of the show Suits and will star Gina Torres reprising her role of Jessica Pearson. It is set to premiere in the summer of 2019.
Pearson follows "powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson, as she enters the dirty world of Chicago politics."
Cast and characters
- Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson
- Bethany Joy Lenz as Keri Allen
- Morgan Spector as Mayor Bobby Golec
- Chantel Riley as Angela Cook
- Isabel Arraiza as Yoli Castillo
- Eli Goree as Derrick Mayes
Backdoor pilot (2018)
For the backdoor pilot, "No. overall" and "No. in season" refer to the episode's place in the order of episodes of the parent series Suits.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|108||16||"Good-Bye"||Anton L. Cropper||Aaron Korsh & Daniel Arkin||April 25, 2018||1.07|
|Harvey is forced to help Jessica in Chicago, leaving Louis and Mike to deal with a lawsuit brought by former PSL partners and headed up by Stanley Gordon. In a bold move, Zane agrees to join Specter Litt as a name partner and bring enough of his senior partners to have a majority in any vote. Gordon then chooses to drop his suit, but claims they haven't seen the last of him. Jessica resolves her issues in Chicago by agreeing to work for the mayor. Harvey returns to New York in time for Mike and Rachel's wedding. Rachel learns that the offer to head up a victim-oriented legal firm in Seattle is real, causing her and Mike to move up their wedding date. Mike gives Harvey the news that he and Rachel are moving to Seattle.|
On February 22, 2017, it was announced that USA Network was developing a spin-off series of their show Suits set to star Gina Torres as her character Jessica Pearson. The spin-off had been talked about for about a year-and-a-half prior to the announcement. Meetings and negotiations were reportedly in the preliminary stages with no deals with cast and crew members yet in place. The series was expected to be written by Suits creator and showrunner Aaron Korsh who was also expected to executive and showrun the potential new series. Production companies involved with the potential series were expected to include Universal Cable Productions. On March 1, 2017, it was reported that Gina Torres had signed a deal to produce the series, based on an idea she pitched to Universal Cable Productions, alongside Aaron Korsh.
On August 16, 2017, it was announced that the season seven finale of Suits would serve as a backdoor pilot to the spin-off series. The episode was expected to be written by Aaron Korsh and Daniel Arkin, and be directed by Anton Cropper. Additionally, it was reported that executive producers for the new series would include Korsh, Arkin, Torres, Doug Liman, David Bartis, and Gene Klein. On March 8, 2018, it was reported that USA Network had given the production a series order. On May 14, 2018, Gina Torres announced at NBCUniversal's annual upfront presentation in New York City that the series would be titled Second City. On January 17, 2019, it was announced that the series had been retitled Pearson.
Alongside the report of her hiring as producer, it was confirmed in March 2017 that Gina Torres would officially star in the potential series. On November 10, 2017, it was announced that Rebecca Rittenhouse and Morgan Spector had joined the main cast of the series. On September 20, 2018, it was reported that Rittenhouse's role had been recast with Bethany Joy Lenz assuming the part. Additionally, it was further announced that Chantel Riley would reprise her guest role from the backdoor pilot in a series regular capacity and that Isabel Arraiza and Eli Goree had been cast in main roles as well.
Principal photography for the series commenced on September 20, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Filming took place in Chicago, Illinois during the week of October 15, 2018 with locations including the Chicago Cultural Center, Grant Park, Chicago City Hall, Millennium Park, and The Loop.
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