‘Bull’ is an American legal drama series that airs on CBS. It first premiered on September 20, 2016, after the network had ordered the show on May 13, 2016. The series has been created by Phil McGraw and Paul Attanasio. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television used to be one of the companies backing the project. However, following charges of sexual harassment against the star Michael Weatherly by a fellow co-star, Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, who are both major supporters of the Time’s Up movement, decided to back out of the project.
The series is all about trial consulting, and the viewers get to see how a combination of psychology and data is used, not just to know what makes the jurors tick, but also to figure out what strategies should be employed by lawyers to best sway the jury in their favor. Although the series has a fan following and is one of CBS’ more lucrative shows, it has not received quite a lot of critical acclaim. Critics remain of the opinion that the series might have stellar performances working for it, but the narrative depends a lot on cliched legal tropes that exist aplenty on television.
Bull Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Bull’ is led by Michael Weatherly, the protagonist, who is played by Dr. Jason Bull. Benjamin “Benny” Colon’s role is played by Freddy Rodriguez. Geneva Carr stars as Marissa Morgan. Jamie Lee Kirchner stars as Danielle “Danny” James. Christopher Jackson plays Chunk Palmer. Annabelle Attanasio plays the role of Cable McCrory, a skilled hacker who is fired for breaking the law but keeps helping her old company. Mackenzie Meehan appears in the role of Taylor Rentzel, a cyber expert hired to replace Cable after her death. The main cast is joined by several supporting characters which include the likes of Jill Flint as Diana Lindsay, a lawyer of some prominence with whom Bull has a romantic and professional history, and Eliza Dushku as J.P. Nunnelly, a legal fixer. These supporting characters help enrich the overall atmosphere of the show.
In season 4, most of the main cast will return and maybe we will see some new faces as well, which are bound to make things interesting. Notably, Cable’s character will not be returning, having been killed off in the show, but she might appear in flashbacks. Dushku might also not reprise her role since she accused Weatherly of the sexual harassment charges that we mentioned earlier.
Bull Plot: What is it about?
‘Bull’ revolves around Trial Analysis Corporation, a trial consulting firm, which is headed by Dr. Jason Bull who holds three PhDs in psychology. He hates lawyers and has a difficult childhood. He is also a trial science expert. Using his knowledge in that domain, he recruits and selects the right jury members for his clients. He also helps the lawyers with their points of arguments so that they can win the argument in question.
Weatherly took a keen interest in the OJ Trials before he began work on ‘Bull’. He said, “The OJ trial was something I looked at when starting Bull. Why did they choose the jury selection from downtown LA rather than Santa Monica? Well, it’s very funny when you actually look at why. Gil Garcetti, who was the DA at the time, knew that for election purposes, having a downtown jury on a high-profile case is going to impact his election results differently if it went well.” According to him, the show also takes its characters and the execution very seriously. “It really is an important behind-the-curtain aspect of jury trials in the United States,” he told. “It’s about understanding motivations, human behaviors, socio-economic groups, and class structures.”
The protagonist is brash, brilliant, and charming, and likes to be in complete control. The puppet master combines data, intuition and his degrees in psychology to figure out not only what makes the jurors tick, but also how the attorneys, witnesses, and the accused might react. What stands out about the series is that it does away with the procedural formula and rather becomes all-out praise for Weatherly and the character he portrays. Not that we are complaining of Bull’s dissociative tendencies and borderline superpowers, but the fact is that the show could have been used to make a critique on the legal system and how it sometimes unwittingly prejudices people against the oppressed. Hopefully, the new season will evolve beyond just how awesome Bull is, and we will see some of the more meaningful strands in action.
Bull Season 4 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Bull’ Season 4 premieres on September 23, 2019 on CBS exactly one year after the premiere of season 3. Mark your calendars so that you don’t forget to watch the premiere episode of your favorite show.
Here’s the trailer for ‘Bull’ Season 4 to get you excited. If you haven’t seen the show yet head over to CBS to catch all the episodes of the previous seasons.
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