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Robert Forster Joins ‘Backstrom’; Elizabeth Rodriguez In ‘Grimm’

By | Wednesday July 16, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

Robert Forster Joins ‘Backstrom’; Elizabeth Rodriguez In ‘Grimm’Oscar-nominated Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) has been cast in Fox’s new drama series Backstrom. Created by Bones creator/executive producer Hart Hanson based on the Swedish book series by Leif G. W. Persson, Backstrom centers on Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson), an overweight, offensive, irascible detective who’s engaged in a constant struggle with his self-destructive tendencies. Forster will appear in two episodes this season as Everett’s dad, Sheriff Blue Backstrom. Blue is a local legend who’s gained notoriety through his tough, smart, pitiless, yet likable disposition. But Everett is too pained by memories of Blue as the abusive father of his youth to see his dad’s “goodness” and “sincerity.” Forster recently appeared in ABC’s Last Man Standing. Other big screen credits include  Olympus Has Fallen, The Descendants, and Mulholland Drive.
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Fox’s New Series Trailers: ‘Gotham’, ‘Gracepoint’, ‘Red Band Society’, ‘Mulaney’, ‘Utopia’, ‘Backstrom’, ‘Empire’, ‘Heiroglyph’, ‘Wayward Pines’, ‘Last Man On Earth’

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 2:55pm PDT

Fox Upfronts 2014Check out the first look at Fox‘s new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. Check back for more as they come in.

Gotham – Fall Drama
Produced by Warner Bros TV and based upon characters published by DC Entertainment. From writer/executive producer Bruno Heller, director/executive producer Danny Cannon and executive producer John Stephens.

Gracepoint – Fall Event Series
Produced by Shine America in association with Kudos and Imaginary Friends. From writer/executive producer Chris Chibnall and executive producers Anya Epstein, Dan Futterman, Jane Featherstone,John Goldwyn and Carolyn Bernstein. Futterman and Epstein serve as showrunners.

Red Band Society – Fall Drama
Produced by ABC Studios in association with Amblin TV. From writer/executive producer Margaret Nagle and executive producer Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero and director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

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Genevieve Angelson Set As Female Lead In Fox Series ‘Backstrom’; Christopher Denham Joins WGN America’s ‘Manhattan’

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 1:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Genevieve Angelson BackstromGenevieve Angelson is set as the female lead opposite Rainn Wilson in Fox’s new drama series, Backstrom. Created by Bones creator/executive producer Hart Hanson based on the Swedish book series by Leif G. W. Persson, Backstrom centers on Everett Backstrom (Wilson), an overweight, offensive, irascible detective who’s engaged in a constant struggle with his self-destructive tendencies. Angelson will play Backstrom’s second in command, Detective Nicole Gravely, tasked with not only keeping the unit together in the face of Backstrom’s behavior but ensuring that his unorthodox investigatory methods hold up in court. Angelson replaces Mamie Gummer, who played the role in the pilot — the only cast change in the project’s transition from CBS, where it was piloted last season, to Fox, where it recently received a 13-episode order for next season. Angelson, repped by UTA and Suskin Management, has an arc on Showtime’s House Of Lies and was in the Tony-winning play Vanya And Sonya And Masha And Spike. Read More »

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Thomas Dekker Made ‘Backstrom’ Regular

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

dekkerFormer Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles star Thomas Dekker is returning to Fox as a regular on the network’s new drama series, Backstrom. Dekker will reprise his guest starring/recurring role from the pilot as Gregory Valentine, a whip-smart young gay man — an ex-hustler turned fence/entrepreneurial crook who is Backstrom’s (Rainn Wilson) tenant, decorator and underworld connection. Created by Bones creator/executive producer Hart Hanson based on the Swedish book series by Leif G. W. Persson, Backstrom centers on Everett Backstrom (Wilson), an overweight, offensive, irascible detective who’s engaged in a constant struggle with his self-destructive tendencies. Dekker is repped by Resolution and The Schiff Co.

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Drama ‘Backstrom’ Starring Rainn Wilson Gets 13-Episode Series Order At Fox

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 3:47pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

rainnwilsonAfter a two-and-and-a-half-year journey at different networks with different writers, the drama adaptation of Leif G.W. Persson’s best-selling Backstrom series of books is finally heading to the screen with a 13-episode order at Fox. The network, which first developed the project during the 2011-12 season, has stepped in to pick up the pilot starring The Office‘s Rainn Wilson, from Bones creator/exec producer Hart Hanson and 20th Century Fox TV, which was ordered by CBS last season. The series centers on Detective Everett Backstrom (Wilson), an offensive, irascible detective, as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior. Throughout the series, Backstrom hansonhartleads his team, the Serious Crimes Unit, as they navigate Portland’s most sensitive cases. The entire cast led by Wilson is set to continue with the exception of Mamie Gummer whose character is being tweaked. Hanson is expected to focus his attention on Backstrom, with his top Bones lieutenant Stephen Nathan, who has performed day-to-day showrunner duties on the long-running Fox procedural, including while Hanson ran Bones spinoff The Finder, taking lead, with Hanson having a final say on major decisions.

fox-tv-logo__130727010919-275x119__131022173606-200x86The project sparked a slew of bidding wars ever since the Backstom books were shopped by LA literary agency RWSG in summer 2011 — when 20th TV won them in a very competitive situation for Stephen Gaghan to adapt. The project with Gaghan as writer triggered another round of heated bidding among all four major networks until landing at Fox with a put pilot commitment for the 2011-12 season but didn’t go to pilot. In July 2012, with Hanson as writer/showrunner, 20th TV again garnered a lot of interest, landing a pilot production commitment at CBS where the script went to pilot last season. After a lengthy and difficult casting process, the pilot got Wilson for the lead and was considered a solid contender but didn’t make the cut to series in May. 20th TV remained high on the project, extending the options on the entire cast through the end of 2013. But it couldn’t make a move as CBS did not release the pilot until its option expired on December 15 when the studio took the project to its original network, Fox, which quickly began negotiations on a series order.  “Naturally, all of us who worked on Backstrom thought it was too promising a series to die unseen and (20th TV chairmen) Dana (Walden) and Gary (Newman) were relentless in their support of the project,” said Hanson. “Imagine our delight to find that Kevin Reilly and his team at Fox agreed enough to pick it up and give us a good home. Thanks Fox!” Read More »

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Mamie Gummer Joins CBS’ ‘Backstrom’, Ashley Williams Cast In ABC’s ‘Keep Calm & Karey On’

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Mamie Gummer, star of the freshman CW drama series Emily Owens MD, is staying in the CBS family with a co-starring role opposite Rainn Wilson in drama pilot Backstrom for sister network CBS. Written by Bones creator Hart Hanson, Backstrom centers on Everett Backstrom (Wilson), an overweight, offensive, irascible detective, as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior. Gummer will play the female lead Nicole Graveley, a watchful, competent police detective who is a lesbian saddened over her breakup with her longtime partner. 20th TV is producing.

Ashley Williams has joined another 20th TV pilot, ABC comedy Keep Calm & Karey On, from Andrea Abbate. The project centers on Karey (Kelly Preston), the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve. Williams, repped by Gersh and Luber/Rocklin, will play Karey’s sister Penny. She replaces Majandra Delfino, who was originally cast in the part. (She is now on 20th’s comedy pilot for CBS Friends With Better Lives). Additionally, Haley Lu Richardson has been cast … Read More »

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Rainn Wilson Set As The Lead In CBS Pilot ‘Backstrom’

By | Sunday March 17, 2013 @ 4:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After a lengthy search, The Office‘s Rainn Wilson has been tapped for the title role in the CBS/20th TV drama pilot Backstrom. Also cast in the project, based on the Swedish book series, is Page Kennedy. Written by Bones creator Hart Hanson, Backstrom centers on Everett Backstrom (Wilson), an overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior. In addition to starring, Wilson will serve as a producer. He segues to Backstrom straight from The Office, which wrapped production on its ninth and final episode yesterday. Wilson, repped by WME and 3 Arts, played one of the Emmy-winning comedy series’ signature characters, Dwight Schrute, since the pilot. He also co-created and toplined a potential Dwight-centered Office spinoff, The Farm. After it didn’t go forward, Wilson became a hot commodity for pilots, fielding multiple offers. He turned all down, including walking away from a six-episode guarantee on NBC comedy Donor Party, but I hear he responded strongly to Backstrom. This marks Wilson’s return to drama series a decade after his recurring gig on HBO’s Six Feet Under. Kennedy, repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Principato-Young, plays Officer Frank Moto, member of the Special Crimes Unit. He joins co-stars Kristoffer Polaha and Dennis Haysbert.

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John Leguizamo Pilot, ‘Backstrom’, ‘Two Wrongs’ & Halpern/Schumacker Add Actors

By | Friday March 15, 2013 @ 9:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Boss alum Troy Garity has joined ABC‘s untitled John Leguizamo comedy pilot, co-created and starring Leguizamo and based on his life as a husband, father and fish out of water on New York’s Upper West Side. Garity, repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, plays Crash, a loyal friend of John’s from the Old Neighborhood who was a talented graffiti artist and now is John’s personal assistant and lives in the basement of John’s brownstone.

Argentinian actor Ezekiel Stremiz has joined Fox comedy pilot Two Wrongs. It centers on Zach (Jake Hoffman) and Jenny (Kelli Garner), a couple whose friends and family don’t think they are right for each other. Recent Hollywood transplant Stremiz, repped by APA and DePaz Management, plays Johnny, Jenny’s unbelievably sexy ex-boyfriend. Read More »

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Kristoffer Polaha To Co-Star In CBS’ ‘Backstrom’, Kelly Hu In CW’s ‘The 100′

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 6:38pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Kristoffer Polaha has joined Dennis Haysbert in the CBS/20th TV drama pilot Backstrom. Written by Hart Hanson based on the Swedish book series, the project centers on Everett Backstrom, an overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior. Polaha plays Sgt. Peter Niedermayer, the unit’s Forensics Liaison. Polaha, repped by Medavoy Management and WME, has been working steadily on series for the past several years with starring/co-starring roles on Life Unexpected, Ringer and Made In Jersey.

Kelly Hu (Arrow) has been cast in  the CW‘s The 100. Set 97 years after a nuclear war destroyed civilization, it revolves around 100 juvenile delinquents sent back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Hu, repped by Buchwald/Fortitude, Untitled and attorney Neil Meyer, will play Cece, the Chief Communications Officer on the Ark.

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‘Beverly Hills Cop’, ‘Backstrom’ & Dana Klein Comedy Get Pilot Orders At CBS

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 6:35pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has given the long-rumored pilot order to Beverly Hills Cop. The network also has ordered to pilot drama Backstrom, from Bones creator/executive producer Hart Hanson, and comedy Friends With Better Lives, from writer Dana Klein and producer Aaron Kaplan.

Beverly Hills Cop, which had a pilot production commitment and had already cast Brandon T. Jackson as the lead, is a continuation of the movie franchise centered around Axel Foley’s police officer son, played by Jackson, who takes down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. The films’ star Eddie Murphy is set to appear in the pilot and will executive produce with Shawn Ryan, who wrote the script, as well as Ryan’s producing partner Marney Hochman. Read More »

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