Speccing Bull

I’ve decided to spec CBS’s Bull for my UCLA Extension one-hour spec class.

The first thing to do when speccing a show is to find out all you can about it and write it down in one place: a “series bible”. So far, I’ve gleaned preliminary information from its CBS information page and its Wikipedia page, which leads into a page of episode summaries that I think will be very useful as I develop my story idea.

Given the current #MeToo movement and the ongoing Brett Kavanaugh controversy, I think this is a great moment for me to explore the treatment of sexual assault victims in the justice system. The Season 3 opener made it clear that in this season, Bull will explore the theme of following higher ideals versus the pragmatic need to do often distasteful things for the money. I initially feared that basing my spec on the #MeToo movement would date it, but on further reflection I believe that this is an issue that goes beyond trending and beyond the times.

So I’ve just submitted my story idea. I’m waiting to see if it gets revised or added to, and I’ll keep you posted on the process.

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