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Watch Rainn Wilson Destroy Hipster Foodies on Conan

4 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It was Rainn Wilson's birthday last week, and the Backstrom star told Conan he celebrated by going on a fancy date-feast with his wife in New York. It was mostly great, except for the whole foodie obsession thing he's noticed. "Oh, you've got to go to Ming Mong's restaurant because the chef is half-Ethiopian, half-Finnish," he ribbed. "And he makes meatballs out of goat, and he makes a gnocchi with Meyer lemon and squid [some expletive TBS apparently hates]." Then Andy Richter slayed everybody with an even better, more alienating joke, and Wilson confessed he really went to Bâtard and ate their octopus pastrami because life is a beach. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Backstrom: Season One Ratings

23 January 2015 12:31 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Rainn Wilson enjoyed a long run on the NBC sitcom The Office. How will Fox's Backstrom perform in the ratings? Will it be cancelled or will it be renewed for a second season?

On Backstrom, an offensive, irascible yet brilliant detective (Wilson) is brought back from exile to run Portland Police Bureau's Special Crimes Unit. The rest of the cast includes Genevieve Angelson, Dennis Haysbert, Kristoffer Polaha, Page Kennedy, Beatrice Rosen, and Thomas Dekker.

The higher a show's ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better its chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest. (more…) »


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Backstrom Season 1 Review

23 January 2015 9:56 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This review is based on the first four episodes of season one, which were provided to us by Fox.

Fox’s new police procedural Backstrom is one of the least fresh-feeling dramas that the network has premiered in some time. It continues Fox’s time-honored tradition of building shows around a toxic genius character, as abrasive and irritable as he is brilliant (from House to Lie to Me to recently failed Rake, it seems that Fox has an anti-hero complex). Backstrom also shares showrunner DNA with long-running detective show Bones and its one-and-done spinoff The Finder. And even its setting, perpetually rainy Portland, has been in use by another network’s crime procedural for years (NBC’s Grimm).

The only compliment that could be easily directed at Backstrom is that it appears built to last. That showrunner, Hart Hanson, works fast to establish a sturdy (if painfully familiar) formula, blending »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Ratings: Fox’s ‘Backstrom’ Off to Decent Start Thursday

23 January 2015 9:05 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Update: In updated nationals from Nielsen released Friday afternoon, Fox’s “American Idol” picked up a tenth (2.8/9 in 18-49, 10.65 million viewers overall) but newcomer “Backstrom” gave one back (1.9/6 in 18-49, 7.98 million viewers overall).

At CBS, both “Mom” (2.4/8 in 18-49, 11.05 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 9.31 million viewers overall) were revised downward by a tenth.

NBC’s finale of “Bad Judge” also came down a tenth (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.86 million viewers overall), but CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” edged up (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.64 million viewers overall) to avoid matching its series low.


Fox drama “Backstrom” opened to credible numbers on Thursday behind “American Idol” but may have a tough time staying at this level in coming weeks when ABC’s “Scandal” and then NBC’s “The Blacklist” move into its timeslot.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the Rainn Wilson-fronted “Backstrom” averaged a 2.0 rating/6 share in »

- Rick Kissell

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Ratings: Decent ‘Backstrom’ Premiere Aids ‘Idol’ in Handing Fox Demo Win

23 January 2015 8:56 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC’s “Bad Judge” and “A-to-z” see slight rises in still-unimpressive finales

American Idol” paired with the Rainn Wilson crimedy “Backstrom” debut on Thursday, handing Fox a ratings victory in the key 18-49 demographic.

CBS topped the night in total viewers, with a “Big Bang Theory” repeat boasting a primetime-best 11.6 million. For NBC, while its entire lineup ticked up slightly, “Bad Judge” and “A-to-z” closed their seasons — and series — with soft finale numbers.

Also Read: ‘Backstrom’s’ Rainn Wilson Doesn’t Care If You Like His New Show: ‘That’s Completely Out of My Control’

Fox was first in ratings »

- Tony Maglio

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'Backstrom' premiere ratings: Well, they're not bad...

23 January 2015 8:26 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Fox rolled out its second big new midseason drama series Thursday night, this one starring Rainn Wilson as a brilliant detective who is also total jerk (or, if you live in the Los Angeles area, a "total dick," per Fox's marketing team). Backstrom delivered 8 million viewers and a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49. Nowadays, broadcasters are relieved by any ratings with a least a "2" in front of it, so this one squeaks over the bar by that measure. Backstrom also out-performed the premiere of Fox's last "brilliant professional who's not a nice person" Thursday drama—last year's short-lived Rake—by 18 percent. »

- James Hibberd

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The Office’s Rainn Wilson on Why You Should Be Watching His New Show Backstrom

23 January 2015 6:16 AM, PST | | See recent news »

If you miss seeing Rainn Wilson on your TV screen every Thursday night, you are in luck. The man who spent nine seasons making us laugh as Dwight Schrute on The Office is starring in the new Fox drama Backstrom, which just premiered last night on the network. Wilson plays the titular character, who is a detective and part of a team of eccentric criminologists that solve interesting cases every week. The Emmy-nominated actor took the time out of his busy schedule to talk to us at TVOvermind and provide his four reasons why he thinks you should tune into Backstrom. TVOvermind: Hi Rainn, We are really excited to be talking to you today about your new show Backstrom. Hi. How’s it going? Tvo:  I am doing well.  How about yourself? I’m doing great.  Thank you. Tvo: Good to hear.  We were wondering if you could share with »

- Tim Gerstenberger

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22 January 2015 11:27 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: Fox

Episodes: Ongoing (hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: January 22, 2015 -- present

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Rainn Wilson, Genevieve Angelson, Dennis Haysbert, Kristoffer Polaha, Page Kennedy, Beatrice Rosen, and Thomas Dekker.

TV show description:

This offbeat crime procedural is based on the Swedish book series by Leif G. W. Persson. The series follows Detective Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson). He's an unhealthy, offensive, irascible (also brilliant) detective who is brought back from exile to run the Portland Police Bureau's Special Crimes Unit (Scu).

Tasked with navigating the city's most sensitive and serious cases, Backstrom must solve each crime as he tries, and fails, to change his own self-destructive behavior.

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'Backstrom' react: The Fox anti-hero trend continues

22 January 2015 7:00 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Fox loves protagonists who audiences hate to love, and at times, the prickly but brilliant anti-hero motif has been a huge hit for the network. House was a cornerstone of Fox for years, with smaller hits like Lie to Me lasting only a few seasons, and duds like Rake… well, even Fox has forgotten about Rake. Backstrom follows in that mold with another surly but brilliant mind at the forefront. Detective Everett Backstrom, played by Rainn Wilson, is a Portland detective in the Special Crimes Unit who makes wild leaps based on intuition, has an attitude more prickly than a hedgehog's back, »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Backstrom: Is Fox's Newest Antihero a Case Worth Cracking?

22 January 2015 7:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

“I don’t see the worst in everyone. I see the everyone in everyone.”

For Detective Lt. Everett Backstrom, that’s all the justification he needs to act the way he does — that is, crass, blunt and totally rude.

In Fox’s new cop drama — created by BonesHart Hanson and based on a set of novels by Swedish criminologist Leif G.W. PerssonThe Office‘s Rainn Wilson stars as the titular detective, who is admittedly excellent at his job.

He’s just not so great at the “people skills” thing.

Rounding out Backstrom’s police squad are Sgt. John Almond »

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Backstrom: Oh Joy, Another Show About a Terrible Person Who Is Great at Their Job

22 January 2015 2:33 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Your fondness for Backstrom will depend on how eager you are to watch yet another TV series about a miserable asshole who's so great at his job that people forgive him for walking all over them. The title character, played with commitment if no special insight by The Office's Rainn Wilson, is a Portland police detective who seems hell-bent on destroying himself and driving his co-workers crazy. He's an alcoholic, racist, sexist misanthrope who's addicted to gambling and prostitutes, and who's got several worrisome medical conditions, none of which stop him from casually insulting the Indian doctor who warns him that if he doesn't find at least one friend in the next week, he'll fail his physical and be barred from street duty. "If you Hindus are so smart, how come 98 percent of you live at the dump?" he asks, while the soundtrack offers pizzicato violin music — network »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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Rainn Wilson Slams 'Office' Comparisons: Backstrom Would Shoot Dwight in the Face!

22 January 2015 2:00 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

For more than ten years, and 200 plus episodes, Rainn Wilson became a household name from his performance as the neurotic, yet oddly loveable Dwight Schrute on The Office.

Now, the 49-year-old actor is ready to put Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. behind him, and step into some new — and slightly more offensive — shoes as the star of Fox's mid-season procedural Backstrom.

"I'm sure we'll get a lot of complaints," Wilson said of his new button-pushing alter-ego Detective Everett Backstrom. "I hope Fox is ready to have people be really angry."

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Why the expected outrage? In just the first episode, Wilson's character displays racist, sexist, and homophobic behavior, all while sputtering politically incorrect jabs and borderline-offensive one-liners..

But it was these outrageous character faults that really drew Wilson to the role. "He's so fascinating and interesting and [has] so many facets and texture. I knew it »

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Rainn Wilson on Backstrom and Why It’s Not Just House As a Cop

22 January 2015 12:32 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Rainn Wilson already entrenched himself in pop-culture history books as The Office's Dwight K. Schrute, everybody's favorite survivalist, Über-nerdy beet farmer. After more than 200 episodes as a quirky supporting role, however, the self-proclaimed "weird-looking character actor" is getting slighty more serious as he shifts into the lead role in a dark dramedy. Wilson is set to star in Backstrom as the eponymous protagonist, a self-destructive but brilliant detective with a Spidey-like sense for rooting out the worst in everyone. With Backstrom premiering tonight on Fox, Vulture spoke with Wilson about the show, why it's not House, and if he has any advice for the cast of Parks and Recreation.This is obviously a much different role from Dwight. But after spending years in that character, how is Backstrom making you flex different acting muscles?There are a couple different challenges. One would be going from a supporting role who »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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22 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

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Why Rainn Wilson Almost Fired His Agents Over Backstrom

22 January 2015 11:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Breaking news: Dwight Schrute is dead. (We'd like to think he went peacefully in his sleep, on a bed of beets with Angela by his side.) Rainn Wilson is saying goodbye to his iconic character from The Office, trading in his signature glasses for a cigar on his new Fox series Backstrom, premiering tonight. Don't worry, the bad attitude and no-filter dialogue is still there, just with a whole lot of bad habits, too! But Wilson almost didn't even take on the role of Backstrom, the arrogant, obnoxious and totally brilliant detective, as it was presented to him "on the second to last day of The Office," he tells E! News. Which meant taking on another TV role after spending a decade in Dwight's »

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Backstrom: Rainn Wilson fails to convince in procedural with sass

22 January 2015 9:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It’s gloomy and grim – but behind the modern trappings, this is a show as traditional as Columbo, with a central character you won’t believe for a minute

What’s the name of the show? Backstrom.

What the hell is a Backstrom? It’s what Rainn Wilson does when the residual cheques from The Office aren’t enough.

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- Brian Moylan

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'Backstrom' star Rainn Wilson takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test

22 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Rainn Wilson is returning to TV with a nasty ­attitude—and he’s hoping you’ll come along for the ride. The 49-year-old Office alum stars on the Fox drama Backstrom (which premieres tonight at 9 p.m.) as a gifted but maladjusted special-crimes-unit detective who fires his insults with the safety off. Keeping that in mind, let’s do a quick psych eval of the amiable actor. »

- Dan Snierson

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‘Backstrom’s’ Rainn Wilson Doesn’t Care If You Like His New Show: ‘That’s Completely Out of My Control’

22 January 2015 8:30 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“I’ve been acting too long to care about whether people are going to like it or not,” the Fox actor tells TheWrap

When Fox’s “Backstrom” debuts on Thursday, all eyes will be on its titular lead Rainn Wilson, who plays a highly offensive yet equally effective police detective. “The Office” star feels pressure starring on a show which may well succeed or fail depending on how well audiences receive him, but isn’t preoccupied with trying to please the masses.

“I’ve been acting too long to care about whether people are going to like it or not, »

- Travis Reilly and Tony Maglio

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Weekend Movies & TV: 'Mortdecai,' 'Cake,' 'Black Sails,' & More (Video)

22 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This weekend, Johnny Depp stars as an eccentric, mustachioed art dealer in the action-comedy "Mortdecai," Jennifer Aniston grapples with chronic pain and tragedy in "Cake," the pirate adventure series "Black Sails" returns for Season 2 this Saturday at 9 p.m. Et on Starz, and Blake Shelton hosts and performs on "Saturday Night Live" at 11:30 p.m. Et on NBC.

Also in theaters this weekend: "The Boy Next Door" stars Jennifer Lopez as a recently divorced teacher whose one night affair with her student (Ryan Guzman) turns obsessive and dangerous. In "Black Sea," a submarine captain (Jude Law) takes a job with a shadowy backer that takes him to the depths of the Black Sea for a submarine rumored to be loaded with gold. From the mind of George Lucas, "Strange Magic" (animation) follows goblins, elves, fairies and imps on their misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Written and directed by Xavier Dolan, »

- Jonny Black

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Review: Fox's 'Backstrom' the latest attempt at 'House, Pd'

22 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Imitation is the sincerest form of television, and the biggest hits will be imitated over and over and over again — sometime well after they've gone off the air. "House" was one of the defining hits of the last decade on Fox, and it inspired clones in various traditional TV fields, with lawyers (James Woods in "Shark"), and even other doctors (Stanley Tucci in "3 Lbs") playing the part of the misanthropic, sarcastic rule-breaker who's too good at the job to fire. Fox's "Bones" has never exactly been a "House" clone — Temperance insults people not because she's a jerk, but because (it's implied) she has Asperger's — but it debuted in the wake of "House" and was tagged early on as "House, FBI." Now, though, longtime "Bones" showrunner Hart Hanson has a new series — "Backstrom," which debuts tonight at 9 on Fox — that's impossible to view as anything but "House, P.D.," even though »

- Alan Sepinwall

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