Fox has ordered 13 episodes of Backstrom, a one-hour drama based on novelist Leif G.W. Persson’s hit series of books of the same name that will star Rainn Wilson. Created and executive-produced by Hart Hanson (Bones), the series centers on Det. Everett Backstrom, an offensive, irascible detective, as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior.
The drama was originally developed at CBS but the network passed on it for fall.
“Hart Hanson and Rainn Wilson are the perfect combination of creative vision and on-screen talent to bring this one-of-a-kind character and story like Backstrom to Fox,” said Kevin Reilly, Fox Chairman of Entertainment, in a statement. “I’ve been in business with Hart for a long time, and not only does he have a rare gift for infusing darker themes with relatable humor, he’s one of the best showrunners out there today. Together with Rainn – who absolutely nails this role and makes it a classic FOX character – I think we’ve got something really special here.”