Bull Notorious build courtroom drama around real-life figures


One of the quirkier mini-trends in this season s TV calendar are alternation about aggressive by absolute people, usually played by better-looking actors.Enter Bull, a CBS ball fatigued from Dr. Phil McGraw s pre-talk-show activity as a board consultant; and Notorious, an ABC ball acquired from aegis advocate Mark Geragos and above Larry King Live ambassador Wendy Walker.Both shows premiere this week, in what are enviable time slots. Starring NCIS alum Michael Weatherly, Bull (as in Dr. Jason Bull) slides into the hour afterwards that CBS hit, and Notorious will accumulate Scandal s bench balmy while the alternation premiere is delayed due to brilliant Kerry Washington s pregnancy.Alas, neither appearance is decidedly admirable of the absolute estate, and anniversary has a too-familiar feel congenital about amazing cloister cases.Like best of CBS abomination shows, Bull comes dressed up with a lot of gee-whiz science, including a 400-factor cast that the appellation appearance and his able aggregation — at article alleged Trial Analysis Corp. — use to analyze juror tendencies and behavior. We ll apperceive how they ll vote alike afore they do, Bull s neuro-linguistics expert, Marissa (Geneva Carr), explains to a agnostic lawyer.As has become accepted in these shows, Bull employs a beheld gimmick. In this instance, jurors allege anon to Bull — absolute their close choir — to allegorize how able-bodied he can apprehend a jury.Still, the appearance seems almost sedate compared to Notorious, which hinges on the comfortable able accord amid advocate Jake Gregorian ( Rescue Me s Daniel Sunjata) and Julia George (Piper Perabo), a cable-news ambassador for Louis Herrick Live, who leverages their accord to acreage all the big interviews. (Geragos and Walker are both producers on the show.)For his part, Jake spends an disproportionate bulk of his very-expensive time blind about Julia s office, area the two airing and allocution actual fast, abundant like the ABC soaps that beleaguer it. Nor does the insider s attending at TV account action abundant media savvy, added than in the broadest The appearance consistently comes first terms.In the premiere, Jake finds himself arresting a affluent defendant, and has a history with the fellow s ex-wife, who he interviews about the case as she s accepting out of the hot tub. Or as best attorneys alarm that, aloof addition day at the office.Everyone actuality comes beyond as hardly ethically challenged, although wagging fingers risks demography the appearance too seriously. In fact, Bull and Notorious absolutely aren t far removed from the old canicule of attorneys ball a la Perry Mason, alone with added assorted casts and a lot added chat per page.Networks are acutely appealing agog on this formula, with CBS accepting put addition autobiographical alternation about the beforehand activity of a daytime TV personality, Judge Judy Sheindlin, into development.Beyond the allure (or abridgement thereof) amid the characters, these shows are partly authentic by the situations they can concoct on a account basis. Based on the aperture arguments for watching, neither earns a favorable verdict. Bull premieres September 20 at 9 p.m. on CBS. Notorious premieres September 22 at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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