It’s onto the next for Gina Torres.
After exiting her gig as a series regular on USA’s “Suits” during Tuesday’s midseason finale, the actress has booked a recurring guest star role on Shondaland’s sophomore drama “The Catch,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Details about her character are being kept under wraps.
The casting comes after “Suits” creator Aaron Korsh told The Hollywood Reporter that Torres had asked to leave the series in order to spend more time in Los Angeles. (“Suits” films in Toronto.)
“Toward the beginning of season five, Gina expressed that due to personal stuff going on in her life she needed to be in L.A. more,” Korsh said. “We formulated a plan at that point to try and gracefully exit her from the show. She said at the time that if Suits were shot in L.A. she’d be on it forever, and if I had my way she’d be on it forever. But we tried as best we could to require her in Toronto as little as possible during season five and in season six we were just going to ratchet her episodes down. She ended up getting a pilot, and part of the requirements of having her be the lead in that was for us to not have her in first [position] for the back six [episodes] of this season. So her exit ended up being in episode 610. Her pilot ended up not getting picked up, but at that point we had the storyline sort of locked.”
The actress had signed on to star in an ABC drama pilot this past season called “The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez,” which filmed in L.A., but did not move forward. Should that pilot have moved to series, Torres would have returned to “Suits” and been written out just the same, noted THR.
“The Catch” brings Torres back to ABC, where she also had a recurring role on “Revenge,” and now shares a network with her husband, “Black-ish” star Laurence Fishburne.
Torres joins a season two cast of “The Catch” that also includes Shondaland alum T.R. Knight, who will also recur in a mystery role. Mireille Enos and Peter Krause star in the series, which was surprisingly renewed for a second season despite tepid ratings following its midseason debut. The drama will return for another midseason run at a date to be announced.
The show is overseen by showrunner Allan Heinberg and executive producers Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Julie Anne Robinson.
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