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“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 Bones‘ Hart Hanson and based on a set of novels by Swedish criminologist Leif G.W. Persson — The 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.
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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“He so lives in the worst of himself, and in the worst of the human condition, that he’s able to see that in others,” Wilson says.
And while that makes him exceptional at his work, »
Fox has a daring bet it’s making on Backstrom, and though we might not like to admit to the pigeonholing it entails, a lot of people are going to have to take Rainn Wilson in exactly the right way for the show to take off. We’ll have to hope it works out, because this is the coolest show in a long time, and Wilson is perfect.
The trick here is that the show may need the help of Rainn Wilson as draw, but that audience also has to be able to distance themselves from Dwight Schrute. Wilson has obviously been around, but to a large percentage of people he is either no one, or Dwight, and you aren’t getting anything like Dwight here.
- Marc Eastman
Bravo likely won’t be breaking up with “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” anytime soon.
The network’s first scripted series notched a ratings high with its most recent episode on Dec. 30, luring 824,000 viewers in the 18-49 demographic most important to advertisers, according to Live + 3 Day data, which takes into account viewers who tuned in for the initial telecast and over the following three days.
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That number represents a 29 percent over the show’s performance in the demo for the prior episode.
The telecast, which was the series’ fifth episode, drew 1.4 million total viewers. »
- Tim Kenneally
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