Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson in USA Network’s “Suits”
*Gina Torres had no idea that her show “Suits” was so popular among a particular wing of the White House.
The USA series begins its fourth season on March 6, with the actress returning as Jessica Pearson of New York City law firm Pearson Harden. The show centers around two lawyers, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) and Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), who somehow finagled their way into Pearson’s firm without having college degrees.
Torres, married to actor Laurence Fishburne, says season 4 will go “deeper and deeper and deeper into this world of deceit.”
The network announced this afternoon that after eight seasons, the series starring James Roday and Dule Hill will air its final episode on Wednesday, March 26, followed by a one hour live aftershow featuring a Q&A with the cast and show creator, Steve Franks.
According to Entertainment Weekly, “Psych” is one of the rare cable dramas to surpass 100 episodes. Its legacy includes a two-hour musical, a 10-city college tour and five appearances at Comic-Con.
*Sinqua Walls, a vet of NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” and MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” has been added to the growing slate of guest stars on the USA drama, “Necessary Roughness,” The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Walls will appear in the third episode of the upcoming summer season, playing star basketball player Devon Langer, the son of Lana, played by previously announced guest star Garcelle Beauvais.
Sam Page (“Mad Men,” “Switched at Birth”), and Kate Miner (“Persons Unknown,” “Hellcats”) have also signed on. Miner will appear in at least four episodes in the recurring role of the “irresistible” Sheera Kane, an up-and-coming model with a wild streak who catches TK’s (Mehcad Brooks) eye. She first appears in episode three.
Page makes his appearance as Sam Conte, a V3 agent who represents one of Dani’s (Callie Thorne) clients. A talented agent, Sam would love to mix business and pleasure with Dani. He will appear in two episodes, the first of which will be episode four.
The three join new additions John Stamos, David Anders, Karissa Lee Staples and Autumn Reeser.
The new season, which begins June 12 at 10 p.m., picks up six months after the New York Hawks’ playoff run. Big changes for the football team force Dani, TK and Matt (Marc Blucas) to reconsider their futures with the franchise.
Actor Keegan Michael Key pose for a portrait at the Photo Studio for MSN Wonderwall at ChefDance on January 21, 2013 in Park City, Utah
*Keegan Michael Key of Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele” will join Brad Morris in USA Network’s untitled comedy pilot starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The single-camera, semi-autobiographical comedy revolves around a single parent, Maggie (Parham), who asks her single and career-minded best friend Emma (St. Clair) to raise her new baby; it follows the two best friends, who reunite just when they need each other the most.
Key will play Mark, a cop in Emma and Maggie’s small town who has some resentment toward Emma because she turned down his proposal when they were 23 and split the following day.
Morris, whose credits include episodes of “Modern Family” and “Cougar Town,” will play Bruce, Maggie’s husband, who is caught having online sex during her baby shower.
It’s unclear whether Key will remain on board with the comedy should it move forward, given his commitments to “Key and Peele,” which was renewed in November for a third season.
Parham and St. Clair — who created and starred in NBC’s short-lived comedy “BFF” — penned the script and will executive produce the Universal Cable Productions and American Work production alongside Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan.
Celebrity Ski Fest winner actor Hill Harper at the Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest at Deer Valley Resort on December 8, 2012 in Park City, Utah
*Hill Harper has made his exit from “CSI: NY,” which airs its ninth season finale and by most accounts will be a series finale, reports Deadline.com, as the “CSI” spinoff appears unlikely to return.
Harper will join the upcoming fourth season of USA’s drama series “Covert Affairs” as a new series regular alongside Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett and Peter Gallagher.
The 16-episode Season 4, currently filming in Toronto, picks up after CIA operative Annie (Perabo) and her longtime best friend and blind CIA tech-op Auggie (Gorham) finally acknowledge their romantic feelings for one another. Things get complicated at the agency, as Annie aligns with Henry Wilcox (recurring guest star Gregory Itzin) in a dangerous, covert mission involving Arthur (Gallagher) and Auggie that has potentially scandalous consequences for the CIA.
Harper will play an ambitious CIA station chief based in Latin America who is plotting his way into a bigger position back in Washington and seeks Annie and Auggie’s help, but his questionable actions will cause them to doubt his intentions.
CBS has not made a final decision on “CSI: NY,” but Harper’s deal was up at the end of this season, according to Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, and he has decided to move on.
Andreeva reports: “He looked at a number of options, including pilots, but I hear he wanted to join a cable series that is on the air. Harper is a fan of Covert Affairs, and shares a bond with its creators Matt Corman and Chris Ord as all three went to Brown University.”
Actor Daniel Sunjata speaks onstage at the “Graceland” panel discussion during the USA portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour- Day 4 at the Langham Hotel on January 7, 2013 in Pasadena, California.
*This summer, Daniel Sunjata, 41, will return to series television in USA Network’s “Graceland,” a Southern Cali-set drama about a crew of undercover DEA, FBI and Customs agents who work crimes while forced to live together in a seized beachfront mansion.
The house – nicknamed Graceland by the drug lords who previously owned it – is unofficially run by Sunjata’s alpha male character Paul Briggs, an FBI narc whose laid back attitude flies in the face of his kick-ass skills in the field. Other agents in the crib are played by Vanessa Ferlito (DEA), Brandon Jay McClaren (Customs) Manny Montana (FBI), Scotti Thompson (DEA) and Aaron Tveit, an FBI rookie who moves into the house in the first episode.
“Because we’re people who deal with lying for a living outside the walls of the house, Graceland is also a sanctuary – and that’s the second meaning of the title of the house because it’s the only place where we can truly be ourselves. Or one would think,” he told EURweb.
Sunjata – of Irish, German, and African-American descent – says Paul Briggs was not written specifically for “a guy who looks like me.” For that matter, his biggest role to date was as a Latino fireman in FX’s “Rescue Me.”
“As an ambiguously non-white actor, I’ve been able to play light-skinned African American guys, Latinos, and I don’t think that I’ve ever had to play some kind of ethnic stereotype or something that was typed specifically for a person of color,” he said.
Below, Sunjata (born Daniel Sunjata Condon) says his audition with Tveit convinced “Graceland’s” casting director that Paul Briggs didn’t have to be white, as written.
Courtney B. Vance also stars in the series as Quantico Section Chief special agent Sam Campbell. A premiere date has yet to be announced for “Graceland,” but it’s set for a “summer” debut. Watch the trailer below.