It's been a little under eight months since 'The Office' finally came to an end, effectively leaving comic actor Rainn Wilson's career in limbo. For a while there it looked like Wilson's Dwight Schrute character would get a farm set spin-off, but those plans were kiboshed when NBC declined to order the pilot to series. Shortly after that, Wilson fronted (of all things) a crime drama pilot called 'Backstrom.' It too was passed on, this time by CBS.
Thankfully for Wilson, it seems like there was a light at the end of 'Backstrom's tunnel after all. Based on a series of Swedish crime novels by author Leif G.W. Persson, 'Backstrom' stars Wilson as titular character Everett Backstrom, an overweight, hard-drinking, terminally blunt, self-destructive, and sometimes offensive detective who is plucked from disgrace to lead the newly formed "Special Crimes Group," a team of fellow unconventional detectives. Together, this ragtag bunch is tasked with solving Portland's wildest cases. 'Bones' creator Hart Hanson is adapting the project for the small screen.
FOX today granted 'Backstrom' a 13-episode first season order, with the intention of debuting the series during the 2014-2015 TV season. Pilot cast members Dennis Haysbert, Page Kennedy, Kristoffer Paloha, and Beatrice Rosen are all remaining with the series. The only performer departing is Mamie Gummer, who played female lead Detective Nicole Graveley in the pilot. The role will now be recast.