“Bull” is getting a new showrunner in the form of television veteran Glenn Gordon Caron, Variety has confirmed. Caron is best known for creating the series “Moonlighting,” which was an early starring vehicle for Bruce Willis, and the supernatural drama “Medium,” which starred Patricia Arquette. The shows ran for five and seven seasons respectively.
The move comes as part of a multi-year overall deal Caron has signed with CBS TV Studios, which produces the one-hour drama. Caron will join the show immediately as a consultant on the remaining episodes of Season 1. Mark Goffman will continue as showrunner for the remainder of Season 1 before transitioning out to focus on development under his own deal with CBS TV Studios. Caron was previously set up under an overall deal at 20th Television, working as an executive producer on the FX series “Tyrant.” He is repped by WME, 3Arts and Ziffren Brittenham.
“Bull” stars “NCIS” alum Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull, who is based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw. The titular Dr. Jason Bull is the leader of a trial consultant firm, specializing in determining how a jury will vote before the trial has even begun. The series also stars Freddy Rodriguez, Geneva Carr, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Annabelle Attanasio, and Chris Jackson. Goffman, McGraw, Paul Attanasio, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and Jay McGraw executive produce, with Rodrigo Garcia also executive producing the pilot.
Though it has not officially been renewed for a second season, the series is all but guaranteed a pick up in the near future. It is currently averaging 11.85 million viewers per episode, making it the number one freshman series this season. It is also averaging a 1.53 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic to date.
Earlier on Monday, CBS announced a two-season pick up of “The Big Bang Theory.” That renewal has been in the works for the past few months. The big hurdle was cleared last month when the five original members of the series ensemble — Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg — struck new deals with the studio. The deal is envisioned as taking the show through its final two seasons, for a total of 48 more episodes.
The studio is said to still be in negotiations with “Big Bang” stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who have become core members of the cast during their seven years on the show. Bialik and Rauch have been pushing for salary parity with the original five, who are slated to earn about $900,000 per episode in the next two seasons.
The original five actors agreed to take a $100,000 pay cut apiece from their current salaries to free up more funds in the budget to help provide raises for Bialik and Rauch, who have been paid far below their co-stars at around $175,000-$200,000 per episode.