01/08/2014 11:50 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Fox Orders Rainn Wilson's 'Backstrom' To Series


After it was passed over by CBS during last spring's pilot season, Fox has jumped in and revived the Rainn Willson-led "Backstrom." The network picked up 13 episodes of the new series, which will feature a decidedly different kind of performance from "The Office" alum.

Wilson will portray Everett Backstrom, a police detective who heads up the Serious Crimes Unit in Portland, Oregon. This unit investigates the city's most sensitive cases.

Based on a popular series of Swedish novels by criminologist Leif G. W. Persson, the TV version was developed by "Bones" creator Hart Hanson, which is a very encouraging sign. Hanson clearly knows a thing or two about crafting a successful and engaging crime show. "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 ... to Fox," said Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly in a statement.

"He's a delightfully disheveled misanthrope with a twisted, brilliant mind and a heart of barbed wire," Wilson said of his character in a statement. "Truly the role of a lifetime." Wilson is joined by Dennis Haysbert, Kristoffer Polaha, Page Kennedy and Beatrice Rosen. No premiere date has been announced.



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