Because somebody’s got to bring some gravitas to this situation, Fox has hired Robert Forster to guest star on its upcoming “comedic crime procedural” Backstrom. Based on a series of Swedish novels, Backstrom was originally pitched to CBS but landed at Fox after CBS ordered the pilot to turn in its badge. The series stars Rainn Wilson as what Deadline calls an “overweight, offensive, irascible detective” who, unlike every other fictional detective ever, is “engaged in a constant struggle with his self-destructive tendencies.” Forster will appear in two episodes this season as Wilson’s father, Sheriff Blue Backstrom, a man whose aloof, no-nonsense persona just might have influenced his son’s antisocial tendencies. Maybe.

Advertisement