While it has taken years for the drama ‘Backstrom’ get a commitment from a network, it has only taken actor Thomas Dekker one episode to find himself in a regular role.
Dekker, whose past television credits include ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ and ‘Secret Circle,’ will reprise his role from the pilot and become a series regular, it was announced Wednesday.
Now, ‘Backstrom’ was originally set to air on CBS after a vigorous bidding war between the networks. Rainn Wilson was cast in the lead and a pilot was made, but never seen to air. It was not released until last December by CBS, and FOX subsequently picked it up.
Last week, FOX announced they were giving ‘Backstrom’ a 13-episode series order.
Dekker’s character was initially thought to be a guest, and left off the cast list when FOX acquired the show. Now, however, he will be a regular, while two other roles played by Mamie Gummer and Camryn Manheim will be restructured and recast.
Based on a series of crime books by Swedish novelist Leif G.W. Persson, Wilson is Everett Backstrom, a curmudgeonly, overweight, and self-destructive detective. Set in Portland, Backstrom leads the Serious Crimes Unit in a show that FOX Chairman Kevin Reilly has offered up as a “fun and disturbed piece of entertainment.”
Dekker portrays Gregory Valentine, a savvy and opportunistic young gay man whose past life includes hustling and deception, making him a key connection between Backstrom and the seedy underworld.
The series is led by Hart Hanson, creator and EP of ‘Bones,’ and is soon heading to production, slated to (finally) air for the 2014-15 season.