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Midseason TV: ‘Backstrom’ is like a crime-solving Dr. House

Rainn Wilson plays a gifted but irritating police detective in Portland, Ore., in  “Backstrom,” airing Thursdays on Fox.
Rainn Wilson plays a gifted but irritating police detective in Portland, Ore., in “Backstrom,” airing Thursdays on Fox. SERGEI BACHLAKOV - FOX

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.”

Staff writer Brooke Cain

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