Bull season 2 showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron is no stranger to the network TV business, having the same job position on Medium. He understands how to make a show a hit and how to tell exciting stories. With that, there’s certainly some excitement from our vantage point to see what he can do with a show like Bull that we enjoyed in the first season, but felt like it was still somewhat of a work in process. There was more to be fleshed out with the story and the characters, and we could be seeing some of that pay off over the course of the second season.
Odds are if you’ve read CarterMatt over the past few months, that you’re well aware of one of the main changes between the first season and the show this time around: We’re going to dive more into the mind of Michael Weatherly’s title character. We will understand more of how he thinks, and also the lives of some of the people who work with him at the TAC. The first season had interesting procedural stories, but the big knock against it was that the show was too procedural for its own good. Every episode was a different case, and in the process of that there were very few opportunities in order to actually get to know some of the supporting cast.
In speaking to TVLine, Caron makes it clear that developing some of these characters is one of the biggest reasons why he was hired to do the show in the first place:
“It wasn’t like I called CBS and said, ‘I have some things I want to do to a show you have.’ They called me … They thought the show was a big success, but if it was really going to go the distance they needed to know more about the folks at TAC (Trial Analysis Corporation), the people who are the bedrock of the series — Bull included.”
There are a few different avenues that the show will explore over the first few weeks that are a reflection of this. We reported previously that one episode will revolve around Benny having a crisis of faith, and the first episode will give Chunk a story where he questions his future. We also noted that Marissa will get involved in some sort of relationship, and there will likely be more surprises along the way.
Bull was one of the biggest hits of the 2017-18 season in terms of new series, though it was its time-slot competition in This Is Us that managed to get the bulk of the attention instead. With a few changes, we could see it getting a slightly bigger profile; it’s probably never going to match the media buzz around the Pearson family, but we do think that it could still end up carving out a nice chunk of the viewing audience.
Are you excited about the new Bull season 2 showrunner?
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