Rainn Wilson to Play Title Character on Backstrom

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Rainn Wilson is leaving both The Office and the world of comedy behind.

The actor has been cast as the title character on Backstrom, a CBS pilot that focuses on an overweight and offensive detective who is attempting to change his self-destructive behavior.

The series - based on a Swedish book series by Leif G.W. Persson and produced for TV by Hart Hanson (Bones) will also star Dennis Haysbert, Kristoffer Polaha and Page Kennedy.

Dwight's On the Case

The news comes just a couple days after The Office filmed its final scene, and also the week after that NBC sitcom aired what was meant to be a backdoor pilot for a Dwight Schrute spinoff titled The Farm.

But it was not meant to be - and NBC's loss will now be CBS' gain.

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