And by interesting I mean WHAT THE FUDGE? What the HAM SANDWICH?! Um.. Michael Weatherly is leaving NCIS (his last episode airs this coming Tuesday night) and he now is now starring in the upcoming ‘Bull’. Okay. Sounds innocuous. Oh but wait!! It’s based on DR PHIL. Yeah. THAT Dr Phil.
Weatherly, who ends his 13-season run on TV’s No. 1 drama this month, stars in Bull as Dr. Phil McGraw (yes, that one) as the series follows his early career as head of one of the most prolific trial consulting services of all time.
From House’s Paul Attanasio, the CBS Television Studios drama is exec produced by McGraw and his Stage 29 Productions topper/son, Jay McGraw. Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Daryl Frank also exec produce the drama, co-starring Freddy Rodriguez, Christopher Jackson (Hamilton), Geneva Carr and Jaime Lee Kirchner
What?? I don’t… I can’t..
We’ve also got a remake of ‘Training Day’. My mother hated the film, she hated that her beloved Denzel Washington played an abusive psychopath. Now she can enjoy that type of storytelling weekly!
Training Day is described as a reimagining that begins 15 years after the 2001 film left off, the reboot centers on an idealistic young African-American police officer (Justin Cornwell) who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (Bill Paxton in his broadcast series regular debut).
The drama is written by former LAPD detective Will Beall (Castle, Gangster Squad). Antoine Fuqua, who directed the feature film, executive produces the drama alongside Warner Bros. Television-based Jerry Bruckheimer TV’s Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed. Fuqua’s Fuqua Films is also attached. Warner Bros. Pictures produced the original feature alongside Village Roadshow Pictures. Danny Cannon will also exec produce and directed the pilot. Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis and Julie Benz co-star. Sources stress that while not a co-production, CBS Television Studios has an ownership interest in the drama, a big deal given WBTV’s unwillingness to share in the financials.
Sounds uplifting and not at all stressful. We’ve also got a MacGyver reboot to look forward too.
A reimagining of the television series of the same name, the new MacGyver follows a 20-something MacGyver (X-Men: Apocalypse‘s Lucas Till) as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.
A high priority for CBS Television Studios — which produced the original — the drama was originally written by R. Scott Gemmill (NCIS: L.A.) but ultimately picked up to pilot with new writers Paul Downs Colaizzo (CBS pilot LFE from last season) and Brett Mahoney (Code Black) — though the network may be tossing out that script for a new one as the duo’s future with the series remains in question as Hawaii Five-0’s Peter Lenkov has boarded the drama. Henry Winkler, who executive produced the original series, is on board to serve in the same capacity alongside Michael Clear, head of production at James Wan’s Atomic Monster. Wan (Aquaman, Mortal Kombat, Saw) will exec produce and segue into TV with the project.
Fall is going to be kind of weird on CBS.