Pure Genius? What a load of Bull – MacGyver would just need a paperclip!

There are three new US TV shows I’m watching at the moment. It’s still early days yet as to if I’ll stick with these shows. But I already have some thoughts.


The cast of Pure Genius.


Pure Genius:

So I’ve been watching the first two episodes of this new US drama called Pure Genius, that feels to me as if it has a bit of a SF edge.

The premise is that a billionaire philanthropist has set up a state of the art medical treatment and research facility (Bunker Hill) that uses cutting edge technology not available to most medical professionals. This combined with seemingly unlimited financial resources and the best of the best of medical, technological and engineering geniuses – has the protagonists battling seemingly impossible to beat medical scenarios.

There’s quite a diverse looking cast, which is excellent. The patients the characters treat are from a variety of different socio-economic backgrounds

The technologies and treatments they use in this show have so far varied from the tantalisingly close to what is already possible to the seemingly sci-fi. Mind to Mind electronic communication, Augmented reality – combined with medical scanning and imaging techniques and other futuristic feeling approaches.

Pure Genius is straddling a fence between serious medical drama and sci-fi drama. It will be interesting to see how this show develops.

The Woman in 8D

Michael Weatherly plays Dr Bull.



Bull is the new Michael Weatherly show. I have no idea if he left NCIS because he had this show all signed and sealed – or if he left the show and was THEN cast as the titular Bull. But it’s nice to see the guy breaking out from his DiNozzo role.

Bull is a straight up legal procedural show – but instead of focusing upon the investigation leading up to the court cases, or even the lawyers fighting those cases. Bull is set mostly behind the scenes. Dr Bull is a Jury/trial consultant who leads a team of experts to figure out how their client can win their case.

This show feels very polished and I’m already loving it. It’s got a witty and subtle sub-layer, whilst tackling tricky social/legal issues. The casting is great and this show is probably one that I’m going to stick with.


The new MacGyver when compared to the old. At least the mullet remains.



… and then we come to the new MacGyver. I’m still on the fence with this show. Ok, the women in this show all kick ass. There’s a paperclip in every episode – with the traditional voice over/hand close-up as the main character defuses a bomb with a swiss army knife and a battery. (A made up example – I think)

The casting seems ok, but for some reason something feels off. There’s George Eads as Jack Dalton, MacGyver’s right hand man. (Which in itself feels weird as I don’t remember Richard Dean Anderson needing a partner.) Although there is a fun(?) reference to a famous storyline his CSi character had back in the day. But otherwise, I think my main discomfort with MacGyver’s casting is that everyone on this show is just too damned good looking!

Despite the leather jacket, like I said – I’m still on the fence about this show.

Are there any other US TV shows I should be on the lookout for? Let me know.