Backstrom (TV series)

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Genre Crime drama
Based on Backstrom book series by Leif G. W. Persson
Developed by Hart Hanson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s)
  • Hart Hanson
  • Leif G.W. Persson
  • Mark Mylod
  • Niclas Salomonsson
Producer(s) Rainn Wilson
Production company(s) Far Field Productions
20th Century Fox Television
SoulPancake Productions
Original channel Fox

Backstrom is an upcoming American crime drama series based on the Swedish book series by Leif G. W. Persson and developed by Bones executive producer Hart Hanson.[1] The series will premiere in spring 2015.[2]


Backstrom centers on Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson), an "overweight, offensive, irascible" detective who is engaged in a constant struggle with his "self-destructive" tendencies, and is part of a team of eccentric criminologists.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Rainn Wilson[3] as Detective Everett Backstrom
  • Genevieve Angelson as Detective Nicole Gravely, Backstrom's second in command.[4]
  • Page Kennedy as Officer Frank Moto, member of the Special Crimes Unit.
  • Kristoffer Polaha as Sgt. Peter Niedermayer, the unit's Forensics Liaison.
  • Dennis Haysbert as Detective John Almond, a kind and devoutly religious man who has been married for 30 years.
  • Beatrice Rosen as Nadia Chickikov, a foreign-born civilian who supports the detectives in the Special Crimes Group.
  • Thomas Dekker as Gregory Valentine, Backstrom's decorator and "underworld connection".



In July 2012, CBS bought Backstrom.[5] The pilot for the series filmed in Vancouver.[6]

When CBS passed on the pilot, 20th Century Fox Television shopped it around to other networks before landing a 13-episode series order at Fox.[1]


  1. ^ a b "FOX Cracks the Case with Hart Hanson's New Crime Drama "Backstrom"". The Futon Critic. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 12, 2014). "Fox 2014 Schedule: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ & ‘Mulaney’ Join Sunday Animated Block, ‘Glee’ Held For Midseason". Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 17, 2013). "Rainn Wilson to Star in Hart Hanson's 'Backstrom' Adaptation for CBS". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 14, 2014). "Genevieve Angelson Set As Female Lead In Fox Series ‘Backstrom’; Christopher Denham Joins WGN America’s ‘Manhattan’". Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 30, 2012). "‘Backstrom’ Crime Drama From ‘Bones’ Creator Hart Hanson And 20th TV Gets Pilot Production Commitment At CBS". Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "SHOOT: Rainn Wilson & Dennis Haysbert Film CBS Pilot BACKSTROM in Downtown Vancouver Alley". March 28, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 

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