Rainn Wilson Will Star in Fox Crime Drama ‘Backstrom’


According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rainn Wilson is set to star in Backstrom, an upcoming Fox drama series written and executive produced by Bones creator Hart Hanson. Based on a series of books by Swedish criminologist Leif G.W. Persson, the 13-episode crime drama follows Wilson as Everett Backstrom, “an overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries and fails to change his self-destructive behavior.” A premiere date has not yet been announced, but the series is set to go into production early this year. This makes Fox’s second series order for a pilot developed for another network after they saved the failed NBC pilot Mulaney back in October. For a closer look at Wilson’s grumpy Portland detective character, click through to watch the show’s sizzle reel from back in September.