A year removed from his iconically weird role as Dwight Kurt Schrute III on NBC’s The Office, 47 year old Rainn Wilson is returning to network television in 2014, starring in the off-kilter crime drama, Backstrom. Fox jumped on the series, originally developed for CBS by Bones creator Hart Hanson and for a time in pilot limbo, ordering 13 episodes of the show based on Swedish novelist Leif G.W. Persson’s series of books featuring the prickly, self-destructive detective.
Wilson’s bread and butter continues to be turns as exceedingly odd fellows with big personalities, and his portrayal of Detective Everett Backstrom continues this career theme, with Wilson describing his character as “a delightfully disheveled misanthrope with a twisted, brilliant mind and a heart of barbed wire.”
Sounds like good times. Check out the video below for a taste of what to expect from Wilson and company.