Michael Weatherly’s ‘Bull,’ ‘Training Day,’ Matt LeBlanc comedy and more picked up at CBS for 2016-17
CBS has picked up two new comedies and four new dramas for the 2016-17 season, with familiar faces up and down the new roster. Here’s a rundown of the new shows, which join the previously ordered “Kevin Can Wait.”
“Bull” stars departing “NCIS” favorite Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull, who runs a trial consulting service that combines psychology and hard data to get inside the heads of people involved in court cases. It’s based on the pre-talk show work of Dr. Phil McGraw, who’s an executive producer.
“MacGyver” is a reworking of the 1980s-90s ABC show about a guy (Lucas Till) with a knack for unconventional problem-solving who starts a clandestine group to prevent disasters from happening. “CSI” alum George Eads also stars.
“Pure Genius” (formerly “Bunker Hill”) is a medical drama from “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” EP Jason Katims. It follows a young Silicon Valley entrepreneur (Augustus Prew) who teams up with a surgeon to found a cutting-edge hospital.
“Training Day” is based on the film of the same name, and like it, centers on a young, idealistic LAPD officer (Justin Cornwell) who’s partnered with a more jaded veteran (Bill Paxton). The movie’s director, Antoine Fuqua, is among the EPs.
“The Great Indoors” stars Joel McHale (“Community”) as a magazine writer used to being in the field who’s put in charge of the far less outdoorsy crew at his publication’s digital department. Stephen Fry, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chris Williams and Christine Ko also star.
“Man with a Plan” stars LeBlanc as a guy who starts spending more time with his kids when his wife goes back to work. It’s an eye-opening experience. Formerly titled “I’m Not Your Friend,” which may have been a little on the nose given LeBlanc’s most famous role.