Suits and Burn Notice: Two of USA’s Best Return Tonight

June 14, 2012

Patrick J. Adams as Mike and Gabriel Macht as Harvey in Suits. Photo credit: USA

Remember when summer meant only reruns on TV? Thankfully, those days are long gone. One of the best shows of the summer TV crop, and possibly one of the best shows of the entire year-long TV slate, returns tonight.

The first season of Suits focused on the growing bromance between main characters Harvey (Gabriel Macht), the slick Harvard-trained lawyer who never loses, and Mike (Patrick J. Adams), the associate he hires, and the secret they have to keep or risk losing their jobs. Because Suits comes with a twist: Harvey’s firm only hires Harvard graduates and Mike didn’t go to Harvard. Mike never even graduated from college.

Part of the appeal of this show is the leads. The chemistry between Macht and Adams is palpable and you could see the bond between Harvey and Mike growing stronger as last season progressed. The writing is also strong with plenty of quips to go around, and in the hands of the talented cast, which includes Gina Torres, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty, and Meghan Markle, every interaction between the characters is fun to watch. Some of the best lines go to Rafferty, who, as Harvey’s assistant, Donna, has impeccable timing and deserves more screen time.

At the end of season one Harvey got a wrongly-convicted innocent man out of jail and Mike’s secret was on the brink of being exposed. Does Jessica (Torres) know? What will happen to Mike and Harvey if she does? This season, expect to see Harvey show some growth and help others out in the open instead of behind their backs. Plus, the appearance of Daniel Hardman (David Costabile) will shake up everything at the firm.

Also returning tonight on USA is Burn Notice. The new season starts with Fi (Gabrielle Anwar) in jail after turning herself in to the FBI to get Anson (Jere Burns), who framed her, off of Michael’s (Jeffrey Donovan) back. Of course Michael’s planning to get her out, but how?

Watch the season premieres of Burn Notice at 9 p.m. and Suits at 10 p.m. on USA.