Starring: Rainn Wilson Genevieve Angelson, Kristoffer Polaha, Page Kennedy, Beatrice Rosen, and Dennis Haysbert
Based on the novel series by Leif G.W. Persson
Created by Hart Henson
Teleplay and Television Story by Hart Henson, Directed by Mark Mylod
THE PREMISE: Backstrom is a new detective drama that brings Rainn Wilson back to TV. Wilson plays Everett Backstrom, an overweight, outspoken, grumpy detective. Many have compared his character to the title character on House and it seems appropriate. He works closely with Detective Nicole Gravely (Genevieve Angelson) and Detective John Almond (Dennis Haysbert). Rounding out the main cast are other co-workers.
BOTTOM LINE: I didn't watch House so I can't really compare Backstrom to that, but I don't see this new character developing a cult following like Dr. House did. It's just such an average show and that's a big problem. It's not a great new drama, it doesn't have the potential to be a niche hit or a critical hit, and it's not laughably bad. It's just sort of there and that will make it short lived and pretty forgettable.