Michael Weatherly stars as Dr. Jason Bull, a character inspired by the early career of Dr Phil McGraw, in the new CBS show Bull. He is the founder of a high-profile trial consulting firm in the show. The premiere episode is titled, The Necklace, which will air on Tuesday (20 September) at 9pm EST on CBS Network.
The official synopsis reads as follows:
Dr. Jason Bull (Michael Weatherly) the brilliant, brash founder of a prolific trial consulting firm, combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to create winning strategies that steer high-stakes trials in his clients' favor, on the series premiere of Bull.
Executive producer Mark Goffman spoke to Yahoo TV about Weather's character in the show. He said, "There are a number of things we wanted to maintain [for Michael], this levity and a buoyancy to the character. But it's a very different character [from NCIS's Tony DiNozzo]. He also is an incredible observer of human behavior. "
Goffman continued, "He can pick up exactly the emotional needs of the client, and everyone on the jury, and the judge, and the prosecution, and figure out exactly how to help craft a jury so that the scales of justice can be tipped in the right direction. We've spent a lot of time looking at how to have someone who can manage their own behavior to exactly what the situation requires. If he needs to be alpha, he can. If he needs to sit back and blend in and observe, he can. If he needs to run a con, he can. It's a really amazing, versatile talent for an actor, and for a character, that we get to play with."
Other than the NCIS actor, Freddy Rodriguez stars as Benny Colon, Geneva Carr as Marissa Morgan, Jaime Lee Kirchner as Danny James, Annabelle Attanasio as Cable McCrory, and Christopher Jackson as Chunk Palmer.