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EntertainmentBull Renewal Controversy: CBS Boss Defends Bringing Michael Weatherly Procedural Back for Season 4

17:50  15 may  2019
17:50  15 may  2019 Source:   tvline.com

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The jury is no longer out on Bull : CBS has renewed the Michael Weatherly procedural for Season 4 , TVLine has confirmed. The pickup comes after a tumultuous year in which the series found itself in #MeToo’s crosshairs after word got out last December that former cast member Eliza Dushku reached

CBS has picked up a fourth season of drama series Bull . The procedural drama, which has been a solid ratings performer for CBS , was never in doubt for renewal though the show became a center of controversy earlier this season over sexual harassment allegations against Weatherly by Eliza

Bull Renewal Controversy: CBS Boss Defends Bringing Michael Weatherly Procedural Back for Season 4© Courtesy of CBS

CBS is defending its controversial decision to bring scandal-plagued Bull back for a fourth season.The network last week renewed the procedural in the wake of a tumultuous year in which leading man Michael Weatherly was accused of sexual harassment by former co-star Eliza Dushku, who ultimately reached a $9.5 million settlement with CBS.

Immediately after the Season 4 pick-up, it was announced that Steven Spielberg, a #MeToo advocate and an EP on Bull via his Amblin single, had severed ties with the series in the wake of the Dushku situation (full story here).

“Michael made a mistake,” CBS’ entertainment prez Kelly Kahl told TVLine on Wednesday during an Upfronts Week presser. “He owned that mistake… he was apologetic at the time; he was remorseful… [Michael made himself open to] whatever coaching or training is necessary to create a positive environment on set. He took everything very seriously and wanted to move forward.

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Bull ‘s freshly-minted Season 4 renewal has been met with controversy . Per Deadline, Steven Spielberg — who serves as an EP on the procedural via Amblin News of Spielberg’s exit broke mere minutes after CBS announced it was bringing the Michael Weatherly drama back next season.

Michael Weatherly 's former 'NCIS' co-stars are defending him in the wake of harassment allegations from ' Bull ' castmate Eliza Dushku. 13 report by The New York Times, Dushku was poised to become a series regular on Bull after joining the CBS drama late in Season 1 as defense attorney J.P

“When we looked at the totality of the situation,” Kahl continued, “we felt comfortable bringing it back on the air.”

In a stinging Boston Globe op-ed, Dushku outlined in great detail the atmosphere on Bull — including lewd comments Weatherly allegedly made toward her — that led to her lodging a formal complaint. She was fired not long afterward.

Weatherly denied having anything to do with Dushku being written off the show, but admitted that he engaged in behavior that was “both not funny and not appropriate,” adding, “I am sorry and regret the pain this caused Eliza.”

During Wednesday’s press conference, Kahl detailed new processes in place to ensure better work environments across all shows and sets. “However things were handled in the past, they are not being handled that way now,” he maintained. “There is no room to sweep anything under the rug.”

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Bull ‘s freshly-minted Season 4 renewal has been met with controversy . Per Deadline, Steven Spielberg — who serves as an Ep on the procedural via Amblin News of Spielberg’s exit broke mere minutes after CBS announced it was bringing the Michael Weatherly drama back next season.

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