“Backstrom” is an upcoming crime procedural dramedy that is scheduled in FOX’s midseason lineup and tentatively set for airing in spring 2015. The series is based on a popular Scandinavian book written by Leif G.W. Persson, an author and a criminologist. The show will star Rainn Wilson (“The Office”). Read on to learn more about “Backstrom.”
Wilson plays Detective Everett Backstrom who returns to the Portland Police Division after five years of involuntary retirement to head the newly created Serious Crimes Unit (SCU). His character is described as rude, grumpy, offensive and self-destructive. Despite being a sharp and brilliant detective who has a spotless record for solving crimes, his acerbic personality sometimes clashes with the sensitive cases his team has to handle.
His team includes Detective Nicole Gravely (Genevieve Angelson), a nice and optimistic police officer who balances Backstrom’s personality; Detective John Almond (Dennis Haysbert), a bureau veteran who disapproves of Backstrom’s ways; Sergeant Peter Niedermaryer (Kristoffer Poloha), a free-spirit whose ideas and views seem to easily tick Backstrom off; and Nadia Paquet (Beatrice Rosen), a civilian French immigrant who takes care of the pieces of evidence the team gathers. Paquet is the only one in the team that Backstrom seems to like in some ways.
The show also includes semi-regular cast appearances by Inga Cadranel (“Orphan Black“), Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), Page Kennedy (“Weeds”) and Sarah Chalke (“Scrubs”). The series is created by Hart Hanson, who is also credited for bringing “Bones” to FOX.
“Hart Hanson and Rainn Wilson are the perfect combination of creative vision and on-screen talent to bring this one-of-a-kind character and story like “Backstrom” to Fox,” said Kevin Reilly, then president of FOX when the show was ordered, in a press statement published on TV Line.
It should be worth noting that “Backstrom” was originally developed for CBS for a previous season before FOX decided to get the series.
“Backstrom” will mark Wilson’s return to television after working for nine years in the NBC comedy “The Office.”
And that’s the news for “Backstrom,” a drama and comedy series set to air in 2015 on FOX. Don’t forget to check out the teaser below. For more news about this show, as well as updates on other TV series, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).
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