has given a 13-episode order to a new show that features the unlikely
pairing of Hart Hanson, the creator of the network's hit series Bones
, and The Office
star Rainn Wilson,
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The network has ordered Backstrom
, a crime drama based on a popular book series about an offensive detective who struggles to fix his self-destructive ways while leading the Serious Crimnes Unit in Portland.
The show stars Wilson, best known as Dwight Schrute from NBC's The Office
, as the title character, Detective Everett Backstrom. The cast also features Kristoffer Polaha (Ringer
, Life Unexpected
's Dennis Haysbert and Page Kennedy (Weeds
' drug dealer U-Turn).
Like Hanson's other projects (Bones
and The Finder
), Backstrom is based on a series of books, this one written by renowned Swedish criminologist Leif G.W. Persson. It was originally a pilot in development at CBS, but the network passed on it and it was saved by FOX.
This marks the third big drama already given a 13-episode order by FOX, which is breaking the traditional model of waiting for the actual pilot season to pick up new shows. Besides Backstrom
, FOX also has Hieroglyph
, a fantasy drama set in ancient Egypt, and Gotham
, a drama about the origin of Commission Gordon from Batman.Backstrom
, and the other FOX acquisitions, will air sometime in the 2014-2015 TV season.(Image courtesy of FOX)