10:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
'Backstrom' Casts Rainn Wilson's Father
Backstrom has secured a father for Rainn Wilson's title character. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Robert Forster will join the first season of the Fox drama, appearing in two episodes.
The straight-to-series order, set for a midseason debut, cast the Jackie Brown and Descendants actor as Sheriff Blue Backstrom — something of a local legend in the town of detective Everett Backstrom (Wilson). Their relationship is muddied by Everett's memories of Blue as an abusive father, but the senior Backstrom has a good reputation for his savvy police work.
This marks the second recurring father figure Forester is currently courting on television. He also plays dad to Tim Allen's character on Last Man Standing.
Based on Leif G. W. Persson's book series and created for TV by Bones' Hart Hanson, 20th Century Fox TV's Backstrom will bow its 13-episode order in 2015.
Forester is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Anonymous Content.