Michael Weatherly’s return to CBS is here!
The 48-year-old actor is gearing up for his new legal procedural, Bull, loosely based on Dr. Phil’s early days as a trial consultant, and ET’s Kevin Frazier was with the star on New York Street on the CBS Radford lot in Studio City, California, to get the scoop.
“Some of my favorite moments take place in airports when I hear people say, ‘Dr. Bull! Looking forward to Bull!’” Weatherly told ET. “And every once in a while, someone tries to slap my head and I go ‘Uh…’ ‘cause Bull doesn’t get head-slapped.”
Weatherly is referencing his beloved NCIS character, Tony DiNozzo, whom he bid farewell to on the emotional season 13 finale in May. Bull is getting a plum Tuesday lead-in, with NCIS -- TV's most-watched drama -- serving as the evening’s anchor.
“I love those guys and I miss them and we’re very connected,” Weatherly admitted. “I think it’s great that we’re on [the] schedule together because it’s one fluid evening for CBS.”
During his ET interview, Weatherly’s former NCIS co-star Emily Wickersham unexpectedly called and the two ended up Facetiming.
“It’s looking fantastic,” Wickersham said of season 14, before telling Weatherly: “We miss you a little bit. I’m very excited about your premiere.”
Weatherly recalled learning Bull would follow NCIS, admitting he “didn’t” see the scheduling move “coming.”
“I was in Boston when I heard about the time slot, and I jumped up and down like a kangaroo who had just had three cups of coffee,” he hilariously shared. “I think I just kept hopping around and my wife was like, ‘What’s going on?’ Then I had to explain to my wife and TV programming and then it got boring.”
On a personal note, the Los Angeles-based Weatherly -- who films Bull in New York City -- will soon be celebrating his seventh wedding anniversary with his doctor wife, Bojana Jakovic. Even though he has the acting thing down, Weatherly proposed a Plan B should the jobs stop coming.
“What I’m thinking is, the acting goes sideways, we’re just going to set up a little private practice somewhere and I’m gonna be in charge of how much it costs,” he said.
Bull airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.