‘Bull’: Michael Weatherly Returns to CBS as a Dr. Phil-Style Jury Consultant

BULL stars Michael Weatherly  (center) as Dr. Jason Bull in a drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. Bull employs an enviable team of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation, including his quick-witted brother-in-law, Benny Colón (Freddy Rodriguez), who plays a defense attorney in mock trials; Marissa Morgan (Geneva Carr), a cutting-edge neurolinguistics expert from the Department of Homeland Security. This fall, BULL will be broadcast Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Recent NCIS alum Michael Weatherly has a knack for introducing viewers to obscure arms of the justice system. (Did you know what the Naval Criminal Investigative Service was before that show premiered?) Next up: The actor acquaints audiences with “trial science” on Bull, a procedural based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, who serves as an executive producer along with his son, Jay, and Steven Spielberg.

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Weatherly plays Jason Bull, a genius whose team at Trial Analysis Corporation helps clients win court cases by using psychology and high-tech data to analyze and influence the jury. Legally, of course.

It’s pretty cool. And a little scary. “We’re pulling the curtain back on what really goes on behind the scenes at a trial,” McGraw says. “There’s a huge difference between telling the truth and telling the truth effectively. If you know who’s in the jury box, you can figure out how to communicate to them. We knew who they dated in the seventh grade. We knew what bumper stickers were on their car.” As we said, scary.

Bull, Series Premiere, Tuesday, September 20, 9/8c, CBS