Dennis Haysbert has signed on to CBS’ drama pilot Backstrom, TVLine has learned.
The project, written and exec-produced by Hart Hanson (Bones), is based on the Swedish book series about an overweight, offensive and irascible detective as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior. Leif G.W. Persson and Niclas Salomonsson also serve as EPs.
Haysbert will play Det. John Almond, a detective working with the off-putting lead character.
Haysbert’s TV credits include The Unit, 24 and Now and Again.