Backstrom

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From creator/executive producer Hart Hanson (BONES), BACKSTROM is a subversive and comic crime procedural about an unhealthy, offensive, irascible – albeit brilliant – detective who is brought back from exile to run the Portland Police Bureau's Special... read more
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From creator/executive producer Hart Hanson (BONES), BACKSTROM is a subversive and comic crime procedural about an unhealthy, offensive, irascible – albeit brilliant – detective who is brought back from exile to run the Portland Police Bureau's Special Crimes Unit (S.C.U.). Detective Lieutenant EVERETT BACKSTROM (Emmy Award nominee Rainn Wilson, “The Office”) is a man with no filter. After a five-year exile to the traffic division for offensive behavior, he has returned from disgrace to lead Portland's newly minted S.C.U. Tasked with navigating the city's most sensitive and serious cases, he must solve each crime as he tries, and fails, to change his own self-destructive behavior. To no one's surprise, Backstrom's return is far from well-received, especially by his commanding officer, Police Chief ANNA CERVANTES. Running the day-to-day operations of the S.C.U. is Detective NICOLE GRAVELY (Genevieve Angelson, “House of Lies”) the ambitious and optimistic yin to Backstrom's yang, she extends herself to the limit to counterbalance his erratic and controversial behavior. By her side is Detective Sergeant JOHN ALMOND (Dennis Haysbert, “24,” “The Unit”), a tested veteran of the Bureau who doesn't approve of Backstrom's xenophobic antics although he tries to find the light in people, when it comes to Backstrom, he sees only darkness. The group's forensics liaison is Sergeant PETER NIEDERMAYER (Kristoffer Polaha, “Ringer,” “Life Unexpected”), a handsome, free-spirited, philosophical man whose open approach to the universe pushes all of Backstrom's buttons. Managing the chain of evidence at S.C.U. headquarters is civilian support NADIA PAQUET (Beatrice Rosen, “The Dark Knight”), a beautiful French immigrant with a profound ability to navigate cyberspace. She also takes a liking to Backstrom and, at least technically, fills Backstrom's doctor's prescription to “make a friend.” On the street, uniformed officer FRANK MOTO (Page Kennedy, “Blue Mountain State,” “Weeds.”) proves his value by suppressing the perpetrators and swiftly maneuvering around hostile conditions. Meanwhile, GREGORY VALENTINE (Thomas Dekker, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), who serves as Backstrom's tenant, decorator and underworld connection, has a genuine fondness for the abrasive cop. Using his dark instincts and peculiar abilities, Backstrom always manages to outsmart his foes, manipulate his peers and, with the help of his eccentric team, solve the case, even as he less ably adjusts to the progressive sensibilities of 21st century Portland.

Original Release

01/22/2015 on FOX

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Cast

Dennis Haysbert Det. Sgt. Almond
Beatrice Rosen Nadia Paquet
Page Kennedy Officer Moto
Thomas Dekker Gregory Valentine
Rainn Wilson Det. Lt. Backstrom
Kristoffer Polaha Sgt. Niedermayer
Genevieve Angelson Det. Gravely
Sarah Chalke Amy Gazanian
Rizwan Manji Dr. Deb Chaman
Adam Beach Captain Jessie Rocha
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Dragon Slayer Thursday, 22 January 2015
2 Bella Thursday, 29 January 2015
3 Takes One to Know One Thursday, 05 February 2015
4 I Am a Bird Now Thursday, 12 February 2015
5 Bogeyman Thursday, 19 February 2015
6 Ancient, Chinese, Secret Thursday, 26 February 2015
7 Enemy of My Enemies Thursday, 05 March 2015
8 Give 'Til It Hurts Thursday, 26 March 2015
9 Inescapable Truth Thursday, 02 April 2015
10 Love Is a Rose and You Better Not Pick It Thursday, 09 April 2015
11 I Like to Watch Thursday, 16 April 2015
12 Corkscrewed Thursday, 23 April 2015
13 Rock Bottom Thursday, 30 April 2015

Directors

Kevin Hooks, Rob Hardy, Adam Arkin, Alex Chapple, Jace Alexander, Mark Mylod, Randy Zisk, Jeff Woolnough, Sarah Pia Anderson, Michael Offer, David Boyd, Jeffrey Walker

Writers

Hart Hanson, Leif G.W. Persson, Karine Rosenthal, Joe Hortua, Eli Attie, Andrew Miller, Karyn Usher, Thomas Wong

Creators

Hart Hanson

Cast

Dennis Haysbert Det. Sgt. Almond
Beatrice Rosen Nadia Paquet
Page Kennedy Officer Moto
Thomas Dekker Gregory Valentine
Rainn Wilson Det. Lt. Backstrom
Kristoffer Polaha Sgt. Niedermayer
Genevieve Angelson Det. Gravely
Sarah Chalke Amy Gazanian
Rizwan Manji Dr. Deb Chaman
Adam Beach Captain Jessie Rocha
Inga Cadranel Chief Anna Cervantes
Lolita Davidovich Louise 'Lou' Finster
Robert Forster Sheriff Blue Backstrom
Benjamin Hollingsworth ADA Steven Kines
James Dreichel Dante Trippi
Kenton Loewen Band Member #1
Ellen Marple Band Member #3
Doug Naugler Band Member #4
Vaughn Jones Geeky Guy
Robin Gadsby Handsome Young Logger

Producers

Leif G.W. Persson Executive Producer
Hart Hanson Executive Producer
Niclas Salomonsson Executive Producer
Steve Beers Executive Producer
Kevin Hooks Executive Producer
Andrew Miller Executive Producer
Karyn Usher Executive Producer
Mark Mylod Executive Producer
Kurt Moritz Producer
Leif G.W. Persson Producer
Hart Hanson Producer
Niclas Salomonsson Producer
Josh Levy Producer
Steve Beers Producer
Rainn Wilson Producer
Kevin Hooks Producer
Andrew Miller Producer
Karine Rosenthal Producer
Karyn Usher Producer
Val Stefoff Producer
Eli Attie Producer
Joe Hortua Producer
Mark Mylod Producer

Editors

Finnian Murray, Lise Angelica Johnson, Steven Rasch, John M. Valerio

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