New show: “Backstrom”
When: 9 p.m. Thursdays on Fox
Cast: Rainn Wilson, Dennis Haysbert, Genevieve Angelson, Kristoffer Polaha
Premise: Wilson plays the off-putting and self-loathing (and pretty much everyone else-loathing) Everett Backstrom, a gifted police detective in Portland, Ore., who insults and alienates nearly everyone he meets – colleagues, perps, witnesses, even his physician. Think Dr. Gregory House from the long-running Fox drama “House, M.D.,” subtract the Vicodin addiction and substitute medical mysteries for murder mysteries and there you go. Five minutes into “Backstrom,” which at times has a surprisingly light tone considering the subject matter, and you’ll forget all about Wilson’s most famous role: Dwight Schrute from “The Office.”
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Staff writer Brooke Cain