Pearson (TV series)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Original network||USA Network|
|Original release||July 17 –|
September 18, 2019
Pearson is an American political drama television series created by Aaron Korsh and Daniel Arkin that premiered on USA Network. It is a spin-off of the show Suits and stars Gina Torres reprising her role of Jessica Pearson. It premiered on July 17, 2019. In October 2019, the series was canceled after a single season.
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
- Simon Kassianides as Nick D'Amato
- Eli Goree as Derrick Mayes
- Chantel Riley as Angela Cook
- Morgan Spector as Mayor Bobby Novak
- Isabel Arraiza as Yoli Castillo
Special guest star
|First aired||Last aired|
|Backdoor pilot||1||April 25, 2018|
|1||10||July 17, 2019||September 18, 2019|
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.|
Season 1 (2019)
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"The Alderman"||Kevin Bray||Daniel Arkin||July 17, 2019||0.57|
|Jessica Pearson make waves on her first day as the right-hand fixer of Chicago's mayor. Pat is angry about Jessica’s new position, but Bobby sees it as keeping his enemies close. However, he got a bit more than he could handle with Jessica, who goes off-book while dealing with a hunger strike, a bus manufacturer and one of Bobby’s closest allies in the city council. In the process, she also angers Keri, who doesn’t take kindly to Jessica treating her like a lowly associate.|
|2||"The Superintendent"||Silver Tree||Jameal Turner||July 24, 2019||0.56|
|Lillian pays a visit to Jessica at her apartment and recognizes her dead neighbor in the crime scene photos. Jessica’s cousin, Angela is still not cool with her. Derrick and Mayor Bobby Golec are having trouble answering questions from the press. Nick rescues Jessica from a swarm of reporters. Following Pat McGann’s orders, he follows Jessica and drives towards her family’s home. While investigating her, Jessica also wants Nick to be her driver. The Press Secretary is trying to stop the tweet from going viral. Derrick wants Yoli to delete her tweet because she works for City Hall. When Yoli opposes him and decides not to, Derrick fires her. While arguing with her cousin, Jessica doesn’t realize someone is taking pictures of her.|
|3||"The Union Leader"||Stefan Schwartz||Sonay Hoffman||July 31, 2019||0.47|
|The Alderman post is up for grabs and Pat recommends Betsy Sullivan. This doesn't sit well with Jessica after she realizes Sullivan is not the right one to do the job. Meanwhile, things aren't too good for Keri after it dawns on her that her affair with Bobby is just pushing her down in life as Novak doesn't contribute much to the relationship. Nick has a tough time adjusting to Jessica as her new driver, but quickly learns her ways of working. In a bid to get an extension on the public housing development, Jessica is forced to blackmail the man entrusted with the job of razing down the public housing and that sees her breakdown after she's forced to do the task so she could save her cousin's family from becoming homeless.|
|4||"The Deputy Mayor"||Alexis Ostrander||Chris Downey||August 7, 2019||0.55|
|With Bobby taking some time off work to tend to his sick wife, Stephanie, Jessica concentrates on investigating Karl Jefferies murder, only to realize that Jefferies was just the start of more grittier and darker secrets. Investigating the murder throws out enough for Jessica to work with. She realizes that Jefferies was a man with shady connections and with some help from Keri, Nick, she comes to know of his murder at the hands of the dealers.|
|5||"The Former City Attorney"||Salli Richardson-Whitfield||Lauren Herstik||August 14, 2019||0.47|
|The former Attorney is trying to sue Chicago, Keri is the reason he was fired after she found that he was cheating people out of liabilities — sometimes children. Pat tells Bobby that he made a deal with his father to get rid of the Union boss and make Bobby Mayor. Jessica offers to do a trial deposition with Keri, but Jessica is too hot to handle, and Keri walks out. A drunk Keri tells Jessica later that evening that she’s afraid the jury will believe she became an attorney by sleeping with the man that became Mayor — and confesses to still sleeping with Bobby now. The flashbacks reveal that after sleeping with Keri, he put forward the complaint against the former city Attorney. Jessica rings Harvey and asks for help. Harvey manages to find a position in New York for the former attorney where he can build a new reputation, stopping him from putting a suit against Chicago. Jessica opens up to Nick.|
|6||"The Donor"||Mark Polish||Sylvia L. Jones||August 21, 2019||0.53|
|Jessica and Bobby discard Pat's campaign funding in search of a cleaner backer. On the sidelines, Jessica enjoys Jeff's company, but worries about her cousin Angela and her family’s inevitable eviction. Meanwhile, Derrick consoles Yoli who worries about her mothers fate. McGann prefers to keep his investors happy, so he disregards the deal he made with Jessica and has his crew set up for demolition. With that, the Cooks are now homeless. Jeff’s kind heart made him decide to talk to Angela and have them temporarily stay at the apartment.|
|7||"The Immigration Lawyer"||Emile Levisetti||Jameal Turner||August 28, 2019||0.44|
|8||"The Political Wife"||Kevin Bray||Sonya Hoffman||September 4, 2019||0.51|
|Once Stephanie learns that Keri is going on the trip to the American Mayoral Summit, she becomes angry and is determined to do the speech in Bobby’s place. At the Summit, the tension is unbearable. Stephanie breaks while asking for help with the speech, and reveals she knew about her husband’s affair all along. Angela struggles with her night shifts and helping her neighbors with food. She rings Jessica, who is unfortunately too busy to help, and this sparks an emotional reaction from Angela, who decides she’s going to leave Jessica’s apartment. Yoli finally tells Jessica about her mother, who is being detained with ICE. Jessica wants to put media heat on the judge, but Derrick refuses. Keri confronts Stephanie. Jessica returns to her apartment to see everyone has gone.|
|9||"The Rival"||Mark Tonderai||Chris Downey||September 11, 2019||0.54|
|Bobby returns home exhausted as his wife admits to knowing of his affair with Keri. With the homeless camping outside of city hall, Angela doesn’t want Jessica coming in for the rescue. With Nick missing, Derrick argues Pat McGann is responsible for the protest. After meeting with her grandmother, Jessica wonders what she can do to change Angela’s mind. While Keri is thinking about moving to another job, Yoli brings in business cards as a gift for taking on her mother’s case. With the demonstration going on outside city hall, Jessica and Bobby argue how to stop this firestorm. Jessica has to find a solution fast or Bobby will have to use force. Jessica is surprised when Keri offers to help with the homeless encampment and slash the budget. Derrick tries to protect the Mayor with the press hounding him about Ickaris. Jessica argues with Angela about signing the papers and ending the protests. On the news, Jessica and the Mayor watch as Salazar defends the homeless. Now that Angela isn’t the leader anymore, Jessica offers Salazar a seat at the council if he removes himself.|
|10||"The Fixer"||Kevin Bray||Daniel Arkin||September 18, 2019||0.49|
|Keri wants Jessica's help with Nick. Jessica is split between her personal and professional life as Angela continues her protest. Derrick wants more after the kiss he shared with Yoli. Bobby continues to try cling on to his authority — he delivers a speech on the Icarus project and leaves Pat out in the open. Jessica offers Angela the Alderman seat. Keri accepts a new job offer. Jessica returns home to find out that the FBI is monitoring them. Derrick has a blow-out argument with Bobby about the temporary housing promise. Stephanie serves Bobby divorce papers, but leaves him with a choice to make. Jessica meets Bobby while the FBI go to Keri’s apartment.|
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. On May 1, 2019, it was reported that the series would premiere on July 17, 2019. On November 1, 2019, the USA Network canceled the series after one season.
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.
On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 72% with an average rating of 6.92/10, based on 18 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Though Pearson trades the juicy intrigue of Suits for straightforward political drama, it works thanks to Gina Torres commanding performance." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 54 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
|1||"The Alderman"||July 17, 2019||0.1||0.57||0.2||0.78||0.3||1.35|
|2||"The Superintendent"||July 24, 2019||0.1||0.56||0.2||0.79||0.3||1.35|
|3||"The Union Leader"||July 31, 2019||0.1||0.47||0.2||0.79||0.3||1.26|
|4||"The Deputy Mayor"||August 7, 2019||0.1||0.55||0.2||0.85||0.3||1.40|
|5||"The Former City Attorney"||August 14, 2019||0.1||0.47||0.2||0.87||0.3||1.34|
|6||"The Donor"||August 21, 2019||0.1||0.53||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|7||"The Immigration Lawyer"||August 28, 2019||0.1||0.44||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|8||"The Political Wife"||September 4, 2019||0.1||0.51||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|9||"The Rival"||September 11, 2019||0.1||0.54||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|10||"The Fixer"||September 18, 2019||0.1||0.49||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
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