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.