Michael Weatherly Joining New CBS Show About Dr. Phil Following "NCIS" Departure

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Michael Weatherly has broken the hearts of many with the announcement that he's leaving NCIS at the end of season 13. The actor who has played the role of Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo for almost 13 seasons isn't leaving CBS, however. He has signed on with the network to star in a pilot about Dr. Phil McGraw.

Bull is based on the early days of Dr. Phil. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Michael Weatherly will play the role of Dr. Bull, "the head of a company that analyzes juries to help develop defense strategies. He has a physicality and feral intelligence that make him magnetic to women, and a bruising candor."

Dr. Phil McGraw was the head of a renown trial consulting service prior to his days as a TV star.

Michael Weatherly and CBS announced in January that he was leaving NCIS.

"DiNozzo is a wonderful, quixotic character and I couldn't have had more fun playing him over the past 13 seasons," he said at the time.

It will be a bit of a consolation for Michael Weatherly fans to know he's staying on CBS for this upcoming pilot. There's nothing quite like Michael Weatherly as Tony DiNozzo, however.

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Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.