'Boston Legal' + 'Good Will Hunting' = USA Network's Big New Drama Bet

The MediaWorks Guide to Summer TV: 'Suits'

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Yesterday we brought you a preview of FX's surreal new sitcom "Wilfred," which Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield says has "some kind of 'Sigmund and the Sea Monsters'-meets-'Donnie Darko' thing going on." Today we're previewing another strange hybrid: "Suits," which basically seems to be "Boston Legal" crossed with "Good Will Hunting." It debuts tonight at 10/9 C on USA Network; we're presenting the trailer below as part of the MediaWorks Guide to Summer TV, our ongoing series of video cheat sheets to help you stay on top of the cultural/media conversation about the season's brand new shows.

Here's USA Network's pitch:

While running from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), a brilliant young college dropout, slips into a job interview with one of New York City's best legal closers, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht). Tired of cookie-cutter law-school grads, Harvey takes a gamble by hiring Mike on the spot after he recognizes his raw talent and photographic memory.

Mike and Harvey are a winning team. Even though Mike is a genius, he still has a lot to learn about law. And while Harvey may seem like an emotionless, cold-blooded shark, Mike's sympathy and concern for their cases and clients will help remind Harvey why he went into law in the first place.

Awww, so it's heartwarming too! Just like "Good Will Hunting" -- and "Boston Legal," at least when James Spader's and William Shatner's characters would do that male-bonding-over-Scotch-and-cigars thing. If a guy in a dog suit shows up and tries to hire Mike and Harvey's firm to, I dunno, challenge the constitutionality of leash laws or something, my life will be complete.

Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. Follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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