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Contrary to Popular Belief, Dr. Phil and Dr. Jason Bull Are NOT the Same Person

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Fans of NCIS may be hoping to see Michael Weatherly follow in former co-star Cote de Pablo’s footsteps and return to the police procedural, but the actor is a little busy filming Season 4 of another hit CBS series: Bull.

The legal drama was notably co-created by Phil McGraw (aka Dr. Phil), leading many viewers to wonder if Michael’s Dr. Jason Bull is at all modeled after the famous talk show host. 

Is Bull based on Dr. Phil?

The series is, in fact, inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil, who founded a trial-consulting firm aimed at helping clients select the right jurors for their cases. His team also advised lawyers on which types of arguments are more likely to sway those handpicked jurors.