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'Suits' star Rick Hoffman talks Louis' dangerous moves

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Suits, “Litt the Hell Up,” stop reading now.

Louis (Rick Hoffman) once again made a move that unintentionally hurt Harvey’s position in the battle for Gillis Industries. Louis fixed it by tricking Charles Forstman (recurring guest star Eric Roberts) into doing business with him by making him believe he hates Harvey as much as Forstman does—a move that Harvey called brilliant, and rewarded by suggesting they drink scotch from Louis’ “You Just Got Litt Up!” mugs. But Forstman had the last laugh, insisting that Louis run the money through Switzerland and the Cayman Islands to avoid taxes. Louis is legally bound to report him, but that would blow the deal, and he can’t bear to think of Harvey’s face if he disappoints him again. READ FULL STORY

'Suits' creator talks 'Pound of Flesh' (and what's next)

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of Suits, “Pound of Flesh,” stop reading now. Creator Aaron Korsh talks about the “guns-down” hour that gives Sean Cahill (Neal McDonough) and Charles Forstman (Eric Roberts) more ammunition. READ FULL STORY

'Suits' creator thinks you're being too hard on Mike

The battle for Gillis Industries has fans of Suits (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on USA) wondering just how low Mike and Harvey will go. To recap: Harvey revealed a portion of Mike’s questionable past to Gillis, and to retaliate, Mike momentarily kept Harvey’s father’s master tapes from him. To throw Harvey’s ally Louis off his game before a court appearance, Mike made Louis believe that his ex, Sheila, had gotten engaged. Letting his emotions distract him cost Louis the respect of his “best friend” Harvey, which made Louis angry enough to gloat when he cut off Mike’s best hope at an investor. Louis’ smack talk inadvertently gave Mike the idea to use one of Harvey’s enemies, Charles Forstman, against him—and Forstman will only give Mike the money he needs if Mike agrees to cut his new boss, Jonathan Sidwell, out of the deal in the end.

Bottom line: Harvey may have kindly warned Mike about getting into bed with Forstman (recurring guest star Eric Roberts), but he had harsher words for Louis, who screwed up yet again.

Creator Aaron Korsh breaks down the drama, which adds more layers in the July 16 episode (update: read our postmortem). READ FULL STORY

Neal McDonough talks new 'Suits' stint (and 'Justified' return?)

Things are only going to get more tense on USA’s Suits as Mike continues to battle Harvey (and uses Louis in the process—see a sneak peek of this week’s episode below). But Harvey has another opponent on the horizon. Justified‘s Neal McDonough makes his debut on the show in the July 9 episode as SEC bulldog Sean Cahill. He’ll face-off with Jessica and Jeff Malone first, but as McDonough tells EW, it’ll be high noon with Harvey sooner or later.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Suits creator Aaron Korsh is a Justified fan and says this role isn’t unlike Robert Quarles, the gangster you played in season three: You’re a hired gun, but this time you’re a lawyer gunning for Harvey (Gabriel Macht). How do you see Sean Cahill?
NEAL McDONOUGH: That’s exactly it. [On Justified], I’m from Detroit and I come to town, and I’m gonna take down anybody I need to take down. No one’s gettin’ in my way. It’s the same kind of character on Suits, except I’m kind of a good guy tryin’ to take down the bad guys. But there’s so much gray matter in Aaron’s writing, that’s it hard to differentiate, at times, who the good guy is and who the bad guy is in Suits.

That’s what I love about the show: Sometimes you’re rooting for the guy who really isn’t the nicest guy on earth and vice versa. So I’m tryin’ to do my job for the United States government, which is to take down guys who I think are doing off-color or wrong things. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you like that character; it doesn’t necessarily mean that you dislike that character, either. That area is my wheelhouse when it comes to acting.

It’s interesting to hear you think of him as a good guy because fans won’t.
Technically he is a good guy; however, he isn’t. Things that Harvey does are certainly not the most legal of things, at times. So Sean’s gonna use anything he can to take down this horrible human being that is Harvey, in his mind. In the audience’s mind, it’s a whole different thing. But in my mind, that’s how I’m playing it. It’s really steely-eyed, and I get to mess with everybody a little bit, and then finally the table starts to turn later on. I won’t go into what happens, but it’s pretty awesome.

There’s one scene between Gabriel and I, it was just so much fun to play. Every once in a while as an actor, you get to work with an actor and watch him really groove, and enjoy his work, and think through it, and make fantastic choices. And that’s what Gabriel does. And in this scene in particular, he makes some phenomenal choices that made the rivalry between the two of us that much greater. It’s like an Ali-Frazier fight. I’m beatin’ him in a couple of rounds, and he’s the champ, and he thinks he’s coming back to win the fight at the end. Everyone who watches Suits understands how great Suits is, and it’s almost like this hidden gem on television. The numbers on the show are fantastic, but people may not realize that after this is all said and done, Gabriel’s gonna be around for a long time. If they’re gonna cast an American James Bond, cast him. He’s just a great guy to work with, a super family guy. I can’t say enough about Gabriel Macht.

Sean doesn’t come face-to-face with Harvey in his first episode. Does that happen soon?
[Sings in taunting manner] I’m not telling. This isn’t my first clam bake. With five kids now, I need job security also; let’s remember that. You ain’t gettin’ that one out of me.

People think of Harvey as the one with bite on the show, but I love how strong Gina Torres plays Jessica.
As soon as you’re on set with her and look in her eyes, you’re like, “Oh… oh, it’s on today. That’s right.” I think I have the upper hand against her, and then later on, she thinks she has the upper hand against me. It’s just so much fun. Everyone—it’s a great cast. I’m blessed to be a part of it for the time that I’m there.

I’m guessing you won’t say when or how Sean will finally interact with Louis (Rick Hoffman). I look forward to that dynamic.
I’m sorry. You’re breaking up. I can’t hear you. [Laughs]

Last question, then: Justified showrunner Graham Yost always insists that Quarles could still be alive. How is that possible?
Oh, Quarles isn’t dead. Graham and I had talked about me coming out of prison with my one arm, and seeking revenge or just wreaking havoc on the whole cast—and if it’s the last season, taking a few down. We’ve talked about it. Whether he can make that happen or not—are you kidding me? To jump back into Robert Quarles’ skin one more time for a last hurrah would be the joy of my career. It really would. Because he was such a fantastic, flawed human being. To go from this Oxy businessman to a complete degenerate, drug-addled nutbag [laughs].

Hopefully we’ll get one more chance at that, and I’ll take Raylan down, or Boyd down—I’m takin’ somebody down. Graham has been so good to me with Band of Brothers and Boomtown and then Justified. The famous saying I have is, “In Graham I trust,” and I always do. If he decides he wants me to come back one more time, I’m saddlin’ up.

Suits airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on USA. Watch that sneak peek of Mike and Louis below.


Listen: Patrick J. Adams reveals why he really guest starred on 'Pretty Little Liars'

Suits star Patrick J. Adams visited EW Radio (SiriusXM 105) on Monday, and while he started The Editor’s Hour off right by singing along to Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is”—he has a lovely falsetto—his performance during our “You Said It!” game is what you really need to hear. How it works: We read lines from some of his previous TV credits, and he tries to identify the show and provide an interesting anecdote about shooting the role.

Listen to highlights below, which include Adams sharing how he guested on Pretty Little Liars in 2010 to win back series star Troian Bellisario, who’d broken up with him (it worked, they’re engaged), failed to play it cool alongside Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn, and almost got his own Ghost Whisperer spin-off. And psst, Orphan Black fans: He also describes how Helena’s hair really feels. READ FULL STORY

In a sneak peek of tonight's 'Suits,' Louis practices his pitch to Jessica (with visual aids)

It’s clear from our sneak peek at tonight’s episode of Suits (below) that when we start the hour, Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) has yet to learn that Jeff Malone (DB Woodside) has joined Pearson Specter. As he preps his long overdue pitch to Jessica on why he should be the one to lead the charge against Eric Woodall’s (former) minion, just imagine the intrigue when they presumably team up to face off with Woodall’s new SEC bulldog—played by recurring guest star Neal McDonough—later in the season.  READ FULL STORY

'Suits' postmortem: Creator Aaron Korsh on the season 4 premiere, what's next

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched Suits‘ season 4 premiere, stop reading now. Creator Aaron Korsh takes us inside the row between Harvey and Mike, the introduction of multiple new characters, and what’s to come.  READ FULL STORY

'Suits' creator Aaron Korsh teases season 4 premiere: Harvey and Mike go toe-to-toe

If you’ve seen the promo for Suits‘ season 4 premiere (airing June 11 at 9 p.m. ET on USA), you know it doesn’t take long for Mike (Patrick J. Adams) and Harvey (Gabriel Macht) to find themselves at odds now that Mike has left Pearson Specter to become an investment banker at a startup company that retains Harvey as its lawyer. That wasn’t always the plan. “We did think Mike was going to be a client of Harvey’s and they were going to be on the same side, but when I heard those [story ideas], they felt flat to me,” creator Aaron Korsh tells EW. “So I was like, ‘Let’s get them on opposite sides: He’s a client. They fall out. Let’s have them go toe-to-toe.'”

Look for the new recurring characters Walter Gillis (played by Family Ties‘ Michael Gross), the founder of a DVD distribution company trying to hold off a potential takeover attempt, and Logan Sanders (Betrayal‘s Brendan Hines), the son of a millionaire entrepreneur who wants to prove himself with an acquisition, to play key roles. READ FULL STORY

'Suits' sneak peek: Winter is coming, with more pop culture references -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Suits returns June 11, as does the drama’s penchant for Game of Thrones references. Watch an exclusive clip below of Louis (Rick Hoffman) strategizing with Katrina (Amanda Schull) regarding a new threat — Jeff Malone (recurring guest star DB Woodside), a potential minion of Eric Woodall, who still has it out for Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and the firm.

Without spoiling too much, creator Aaron Korsh tells EW you’ll also find Jerry Maguire and Crimson Tide mentions, a Princess Bride reference, and an homage to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the premiere. “What a lot of people don’t know is The Princess Bride and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were written by the same guy [William Goldman],” he says. “I didn’t even remember that when I put those two movies in there.” READ FULL STORY

'Suits' season finale postmortem: Creator Aaron Korsh on that ending -- and what's next

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched Suits‘ season 3 finale, stop reading now. Creator Aaron Korsh phoned EW to talk about the show-altering twist and what you can expect from season 4, premiering this summer. READ FULL STORY

'Suits': Meet former name partner Charles Van Dyke -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

On the April 3 episode of Suits, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) may have more to deal with than Mike (Patrick J. Adams) deciding whether or not to leave the firm for a new job that doesn’t involve pretending to be a lawyer. Former name partner Charles Van Dyke (Homeland‘s Jamey Sheridan) returns with an axe to grind with Jessica (Gina Torres). Watch a sneak peek below. READ FULL STORY

'Suits' postmortem: Rick Hoffman talks 'Heartburn'

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Suits, stop reading now. Rick Hoffman talked to EW about the health scare, those emotional scenes with Harvey and Donna, and (gulp!) the break-up. READ FULL STORY

'Suits' postmortem: Creator Aaron Korsh on Harvey's relationship, Louis' 'black hawk down'

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched Suits‘ return, “Buried Secrets,” stop reading now. Creator Aaron Korsh talked to EW about the twists and what’s next. READ FULL STORY

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