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Abigail Spencer on Her Group Chat's Reaction to Suits Spinoff: "That Was Wild"

The Extended Family star — who played Dana "Scottie" Scott in the original Suits — chatted with NBC Insider about her reaction to the new West Coast spinoff. 

By Jax Miller

Extended Familys Abigail Spencer is among the many who are excited that Suits: L.A. is coming to NBC.

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In early February, NBC confirmed a pilot is in the works for the Suits spinoff, bringing the beloved legal drama series — which originally ran on the USA Network from 2011 to 2019 — to the West Coast. Spencer, who appeared in 15 episodes of the original series, recently joined Extended Family co-star Donald Faison for an interview with NBC Insider, letting fans in on her reaction to Suits: L.A.

Here's what she had to say about the new spinoff.

Abigail Spencer’s Reaction to Suits: L.A.

 

Spencer dished to NBC Insider on her reaction to learning about the spinoff, explaining that the news came during the Hollywood SAG-AFTRA writers’ strike.

“I woke up from a text from the team sharing the news,” she said. “I think at the time, it was 17 billion minutes [of Suits] had been watched. Now we’re at 49, so that was wild.”

“It’s a phenomenon,” Faison added.

Spencer had a recurring role as Dana “Scottie” Scott in the USA series beginning in Season 1. Her character became one of the primary love interests of the womanizing Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) years after the pair attended Harvard Law School.

Close up of Abigail Spencer in Suits

The original Suits was set in New York City, though it was filmed in Toronto, Canada. Spencer playfully told NBC Insider that having the new series based in Los Angeles is “convenient.”

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“I wish Suits had been shot in L.A. the first time around,” she said.

Faison then joked that the news Suits is coming back years later mirrored the working title creators originally had for Extended Family, which was: We Thought We Were Done. Spencer added that working title remained the same for the show's pilot episode.

All agreed they liked the current title, Extended Family, best, explaining that the original “focuses more on the divorce than the family,” according to Spencer.

What we know about Suits: L.A.

NBC confirmed the spinoff was in development months after Universal International President Beatrice Springborn cited Suits: L.A. in the fall of 2023, stating it would “have the same energy and good-looking people that the original did.”

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“It is amazing-looking people in great clothes, but at the core of it, you can’t have a show that’s successful with just that; it has to have great storytelling and great character work,” said Springborn. “So how do you do something that can be ongoing, have a gloss to it, and be a continuing series everyone wants?”

Spencer has not been tied to the new series, though Stephen Amell — star of Arrow and Heels — is set to play Ted Black. According to the Suits: L.A. bio, Black is “a charismatic force of nature who puts his own needs above others.”

“Ted is a former New York prosecutor who joined forces 15 years ago with his old buddy, Stuart Lane, to build an L.A. law firm that specializes in criminal and entertainment law,” the bio stated.

No word yet on who else will be cast in Suits: L.A., though Suits creator Aaron Korsh is reportedly attached to the project.

A press release giving a description of the show leaves much to savor.

“Ted Black, a former federal prosecutor from New York, has reinvented himself representing the most powerful clients in Los Angeles,” the presser states. “His firm is at a crisis point, and in order to survive, he must embrace a role he held in contempt his entire career. Ted is surrounded by a stellar group of characters who test their loyalties to both Ted and each other while they can’t help but mix their personal and professional lives. All of this is going on while events from years ago slowly unravel that led Ted to leave everything behind and everyone he loved.”

A release date has yet to be announced, but Suits fans can see more of Abigail Spencer as Extended Family continues Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c on NBC.

Original reporting by Stephanie Gomulka