Wilson will play the title role of Everett Backstrom, an overweight, offensive, irascible detective who tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior. He’ll lead a cast that also includes Dennis Haysbert (“24),” Kristoffer Polaha (“Life Unexpected”) and Page Kennedy (“Weeds”).
Wilson’s post-“Office” future has been in flux after NBC decided not to pursue a spinoff featuring his character Dwight Schrute. The network made him an offer for the comedy pilot “Donor Party” with a six-episode guarantee, but Wilson turned it down. Maybe the move into drama was what he was waiting for all along.