Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Telemystery: Fox Orders Backstrom to Series

Telemystery: Mystery and Suspense on Television

Fox has ordered a 13-episode season of Backstrom, based on a character created by Swedish crime novelist Leif G. W. Persson. The pilot, written by Hart Hanson and starring Rainn Wilson as police detective Evert Backstrom, was originally ordered by CBS, which passed on the project. (The setting has been moved from Stockholm in the books to Portland, Oregon for the television series.)

"Hart Hanson and Rainn Wilson are the perfect combination of creative vision and on-screen talent to bring this one-of-a-kind character and story like Backstrom to Fox," said Fox chairman Kevin Reilly.

Hanson is also the executive producer of Fox's Bones, itself based on a series character created by mystery author Kathy Reichs.


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