Rainn Wilson to play cop in CBS’ ‘Backstrom’ from ‘Bones’ creator

By Daniel S Levine,

Rainn Wilson has found his first post-Office gig. Since NBC didn’t decide to go with his spin-off The Farm, Wilson is going over to CBS to star as the lead in Backstrom, a pilot from Bones creator Hart Hanson.

After lengthy negotiations, CBS and Wilson finally agreed to terms, announcing the news on Sunday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he and the rest of the cast will get together today for a table read.

The project is based on a series of novels by Swedish author Leif G.W. Persson. It focuses on Detective Everett Backstrom, a destructive cop who finds himself in Portland to head the Special Crimes Group. Backstrom, played by Wilson, has no filter, saying whatever pops into his head and leads a hard-drinking, hard-smoking unhealthy life.

Deadline reports that the pilot also stars Page Kennedy (Weeds, SWAT). Dennis Haysbert (24) and Kristoffer Polaha have also been cast.

Wilson had turned down most offers for pilots this season, after NBC decided not to go with The Farm, which would have focused on his character, Dwight Schrute. However, he liked Backstrom’s script, making it his first dramatic role on TV since Six Feet Under. On Twitter, he called it a “very cool TV drama pilot.”

The Office ends on May 16.

image: NBC



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