Because Bull is about a professional jury consultant, a job that Dr. Phil McGraw had before he got famous, there’s been plenty of speculation that the show is based on his life. The fact that McGraw is an executive producer on the show has certainly added fuel to the fire. But the show’s star, Michael Weatherly, recently went on record as saying Bull isn’t biographical at all, and that McGraw’s input is with the science behind the show. Weatherly and McGraw have become very close over the last several years, and Weatherly talked to us about how that relationship started and blossomed. (Click on the media bar below to hear Michael Weatherly)
Mayim Bialik joined the cast of The Big Bang Theory for the Season 3 finale as a computer dating match for Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons). The algorithm must have been effective, since we know how things have worked out for Amy Farrah Fowler and Sheldon in the eight seasons since their meeting. When the relationship was first conceived by the show’s writers and producers, they knew they wanted somebody who could be Sheldon’s intellectual equal, and when we saw her at a press event, Bialik told us the fact that she’s a real-life PhD played a big role in helping her get the job. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mayim Bialik)
On Bones, David Boreanaz’s character was an FBI agent with a military past, though we got very few glimpses into his Army history during the show’s 12-year run. There’s no escaping his military duty on his current show, though: SEAL Team is all about his elite Navy squad’s lives and missions. The fact that the show is based on an existing real-life military unit is not lost on Boreanaz, who says he has a great deal of respect for the real Navy SEALS, and that has only grown since he started filming the series. (Click on the media bar below to hear David Boreanaz)
After playing a police officer on Rookie Blue for five years, Missy Peregrym wasn’t eager to bounce back to another role in TV law enforcement. In fact, when producer Dick Wolf first offered her a role on FBI, she turned it down! Of course, if you’ve watched the show, you know she wound up taking the role. When we spoke to her, she explained why she was initially reluctant about taking the job. (Click the media bar below to hear Missy Peregrym)
Things sure have changed over the years on The Big Bang Theory, with three of the quartet of geeky guys now married men. Of course, the one we’d been waiting for since the day the show premiered was the marriage of Leonard and Penny, which finally took place in the show’s ninth season. To the actors who play the characters, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, the fact that they’ve had a long courtship and an imperfect marriage just makes them love the show and characters even more. (Click on the media bar below to hear Johnny Galecki & Kaley Cuoco)
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS.