Rainn Wilson is coming back to TV in a big, stubble-covered way on Fox's criminally comic series Backstrom. As you can tell from the debut trailer above, Wilson will play a cocksure cop whose negativity is only buoyed by alcohol and talking about other people behind their backs.
Fox announced their 2014-2015 schedule this morning, and in addition to adding some of their anticipated new series -- Gotham included -- the network has made a few notable changes to their primetime line-up, including moving one of their popular live-action comedies to Sunday night and putting a new hour-long series on Tuesday, ahead of their New Girl/Mindy Project comedy block.
CBSí loss is Foxís gain, apparently. Fox has given a series order to Hart Hansonís drama Backstrom, which stars Rainn Wilson as an offensive, insensitive but probably capable detective. This project had a pilot order at CBS last year, but it didnít go to series. It was waiting in limbo after that and now Fox has breathed new life into it.
Things not working out for The Office spinoff The Farm could turn out to be a really good thing for Rainn Wilson. Putting aside Joey comparison-predictions, NBC's choice not to move forward with the project left The Office star free to pursue other opportunities, which for Wilson, apparently includes a return to drama and a starring role in Hart Hanson's CBS pilot Backstrom.
Dennis Haysbert may be making a return to a starring role in a television series in the near future, should things go well for the CBS drama in which he's recently been cast. The actor, who may be associated by some as the Allstate guy, and to others, as the President of the United States in 24 and Jonas Blane in The Unit, has been cast to co-star in CBS' drama pilot Backstrom.
A set of Swedish novels by criminologist Leif G.W. Persson is headed for a pilot at CBS after failing to go to pilot at Fox last year. Backstrom has a pilot production commitment from its new network home; it seems CBS has been after the rights to the books for some time and it looks like theyíre moving pretty quickly on the project.