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"Backstrom" (TV show) is a drama series on FOX that is based on renowned Swedish criminologist and novelist Leif G.W. Persson's hit series of books of the same name.

The series is a subversive and comic crime procedural about an unhealthy, offensive, irascible — albeit brilliant — detective who is brought back from exile to run the Portland Police Bureau's Special Crimes Unit (S.C.U.). Detective Lieutenant Everett Backstrom (Emmy Award nominee Rainn Wilson, "The Office") is a man with no filter. After a five-year banishment to the traffic division for offensive behavior, he has returned from disgrace to lead Portland's newly minted S.C.U. Tasked with navigating the city's most sensitive and serious cases, he must solve each crime as he tries, and fails, to change his own self-destructive behavior.

To no one's surprise, Backstrom's return is far from well-received, especially by his commanding officer, Police Chief Anna Cervantes (guest star Inga Cadranel, "Orphan Black"). Backstrom's second-in-command and the person who actually supervises the day-to-day operations of the S.C.U. is Detective Nicole Gravely (Genevieve Angelson, "House of Lies"). The ambitious and optimistic yin to Backstrom's yang, she extends herself to the limit to counterbalance his erratic and controversial behavior. By her side is Detective Sergeant John Almond (Dennis Haysbert, "24," "The Unit"), a tested veteran of the Bureau who doesn't approve of Backstrom's xenophobic antics; although he tries to find the light in people, when it comes to Backstrom, he sees only darkness.

The group's forensics liaison is Sergeant Peter Niedermayer (Kristoffer Polaha, "Ringer," "Life Unexpected"), a handsome, free-spirited, philosophical man whose open approach to the universe pushes all of Backstrom's buttons. Managing the chain of evidence at S.C.U. headquarters is civilian support Nadia Paquet (Beatrice Rosen, "The Dark Knight"), a beautiful French immigrant with a profound ability to navigate both cyberspace and legal bureaucracy. She also takes a liking to Backstrom and, at least technically, fills Backstrom's doctor's prescription to "make a friend."

On the street, uniformed officer Frank Moto (Page Kennedy, "Blue Mountain State," "Weeds") proves his value by suppressing the perpetrators and swiftly maneuvering around hostile conditions. Meanwhile, Gregory Valentine (Thomas Dekker, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"), who serves as Backstrom's tenant, decorator and underworld connection, has a genuine fondness for the abrasive cop.

Using his dark instincts and peculiar abilities, Backstrom always manages to outsmart his foes, manipulate his peers and, with the help of his eccentric team, solve the case, even as he less ably adjusts to the progressive sensibilities of 21st century Portland.

The cast includes Rainn Wilson as Det. Lt. Backstrom, Genevieve Angelson as Det. Gravely, Dennis Haysbert as Det. Sgt. Almond, Page Kennedy as Officer Moto, Kristoffer Polaha as Sgt. Niedermayer, Beatrice Rosen as Nadia Paquet, and Thomas Dekker as Gregory Valentine.

Persson's book series "Backstrom" is popular in Scandinavia, where his work has sold more than six million copies. The character has appeared in two novels so far, "Linda" and "He Who Kills the Dragon."

"Backstrom" is from Far Field Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created and written by Hart Hanson. The series is executive-produced by Hanson, Kevin Hooks ("Last Resort," "Detroit 1-8-7"), Persson, Niclas Salomonsson and Mark Mylod ("Shameless," "Once Upon a Time"), who directed the pilot.


Network: FOX
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 22, 2015
Seasons: 1
Production Companies:
Far Field Productions
20th Century Fox Television

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