Rainn Wilson detective series ‘Backstrom’ gets 13 episodes on Fox

Rainn Wilson will soon be solving mysteries on Fox. The network announced on Tuesday that it had given a 13-episode order to “Backstrom,” a drama from “Bones” creator Hart Hanson.

The series, based on a pair of novels popular in Sweden, follows Det. Everett Backstrom, a grouchy, self-destructive investigator with Portland’s Serious Crimes Unit. He attempts to solve cases while also trying to clean up his own behavior. We’ll go out on a limb here and guess that he’s probably only successful at one of those things.

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The pilot for “Backstrom” was originally at CBS, but wasn’t picked up for a series last summer. Now it’s found a home at Fox, which is where Hanson’s long-running detective series “Bones” is currently in its ninth season.

Dennis Haysbert, Kristoffer Polaha, Page Kennedy and Beatrice Rosen are also in the cast.


Production on the series will begin in early 2014, but no word on when it’ll appear on Fox, where Wilson will be joining his old “Office” co-star Mindy Kaling, who currently stars in the comedy series “The Mindy Project.”

Wilson is best known for playing “Office” uber-nerd Dwight Schrute in the long-running comedy series on NBC. It appears “Backstrom” will be a slightly darker turn for the actor.


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