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Rainn Wilson Goes from “The Office” smarmy Kiss-Up to Curmudgeon Crime Solver

Rainn Wilson Goes from “The Office” smarmy Kiss-Up to Curmudgeon Crime Solver
BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Some jobs are just too good to pass up. For nine seasons, Rainn Wilson portrayed eccentric paper salesman Dwight Schrute on the hit series “The Office.” The 49-year-old actor had no desire to commit to the time robbing sacrifice of another television series. That is, until “Bones” showrunner Hart Hanson tapped Wilson as the namesake in “Backstrom,” debuting tonight, Jan 22,  at 9 p.m. on Fox. The series is based on Swedish author Leif G.W. Persson’s book series of the same name.

The former Emmy Award nominee concedes, “It’s such a rich multifaceted character that I had to take it. Roles don’t come along very often, especially for weird looking middle aged character guys like myself.”

The “character” is Detective Lieutenant Everett Backstrom, who is heading up a newly formed unit of the Portland Police Department. He’d previously been banished to the City’s traffic division for five years as punishment for his impromptu rendition of “One little, two little, three little Indians….” during a court appearance. Within minutes it becomes apparent that his people skills are virtually nonexistent.

 

'A Supposedly Fun Thing' Off Broadway Review: David Foster Wallace Flies Under the Radar

'A Supposedly Fun Thing' Off Broadway Review: David Foster Wallace Flies Under the Radar
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

How about discovering some fresh, possibly crazy theater this weekend? Then drop by the Public Theater for the final performances of the Under...

STILL LIFE - A Moving Portrait of a Life in Limbo

STILL LIFE - A Moving Portrait of a Life in Limbo
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

With so many excellent major films to see, it’s hard to recommend a small set piece like writer/director Uberto Pasolini’s STILL LIFE. Opening toda...

'Honeymoon in Vegas' Broadway Review: Gambling With Love

'Honeymoon in Vegas' Broadway Review: Gambling With Love
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

“Honeymoon in Vegas” is a sporadically entertaining new Broadway musical that originated at Paper Mill Playhouse back in the fall of 2013.

Did you ...

5 Reasons Izod Center Arena Closing

5 Reasons Izod Center Arena Closing
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

East Rutherford’s Meadowlands Sports Complex is looking to reinvent itself, and its plans do not include the Izod Center.

The building that opened as the Brendan Byrne A...

“Whitney” Debuts Jan. 17 over Lifetime

“Whitney” Debuts Jan. 17 over Lifetime
BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

It seemed unfathomable. Forty-eight year old Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills Hotel suite on the eve of the Grammy Awards Feb. 11, 2...

'Constellations' Broadway Review: Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson Make Eternal Love

'Constellations' Broadway Review: Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson Make Eternal Love
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW 

“Do you know why it’s impossible to lick the tips of your elbows?”

That is the wacky opening line of a boy meets girl romance that becomes wo...

"Beloved Sisters" Lush Drama of German Threesome

BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

The eighteenth-century German playwright, poet, and philosopher Friedrich Schiller was an advocate of the “sturm and drang” literary movement, and there ...

'Dying for It' Off Broadway Review: Laughing in the Face of Death

'Dying for It' Off Broadway Review: Laughing in the Face of Death
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Frustrated by the meaningless of his miserable life in 1920s Soviet Russia, the unemployed Semyon vows to kill himself.

“One less flea in the f...

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