Consider this one of the first major fall stunners — Annabelle Attanasio is leaving Bull, this time for real.
If you recall, the second season of the CBS series featured a storyline in which the Cable character was temporarily fired from the TAC over her involvement in a case — she made some decisions against Bull’s wishes, but eventually he chose to re-hire her. That was a good thing, given her skill set in the tech world made her a valuable commodity.
Unfortunately, this time around Attanasio is leaving in a far more tangible way, largely because of a professional opportunity that has come up for her as a director. In a statement to TVLine, the actress/director had the following to say:
“I’m excited to share that I have been given the opportunity to direct my first feature film, a story I’ve been shepherding for four years … Sadly, the film conflicts with my role as Cable on Bull. CBS and the show’s producers have graciously allowed me to leave the series so I can pursue this extraordinary opportunity. While I will miss Cable dearly, I am so thrilled about this new chapter in my career, and am forever grateful to the show for supporting me on my creative journey. I loved my time on the show, and feel so lucky to have the support of the show’s producers, CBS, and most of all, my unbelievable castmates.”
Is this news sad? Absolutely, especially since we love the character and the second season showed just how valuable she is to the team. Yet, we’re rather grateful that CBS allowed Annabelle go forward and take on an opportunity that she wanted. We’re a big believer in never forcing anyone to stay on a TV gig if they’d rather be doing something else, largely because you want to foster the best environment possible. Annabelle’s going to have a chance to do something great, and who knows? Maybe there is a chance that she could return for an episode or two in the future. This does, after all, feel like an amicable parting.
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