For those of you who have been keeping up with Fox’s “Backstrom” over the past several weeks, then you most likely know that tonight marks the end of season 1. It’s been a quirky, at-times-fun series for the network, and above all it has been nice to see Rainn Wilson back to TV.
However, this is not a show that has resonated well with viewers, if it has even resonated at all. It failed to get off to a great start, and never really bounced forward from there. Hart Hanson managed to deliver a great success story for the network in “Bones,” but much like “The Finder,” this show just never got off the ground right and it is likely to be canceled come the upfront presentation in May. The network may be somewhat struggling, but in between “Gotham” and “Empire,” they do at least have two new series that are coming back. That will be joined by “Sleepy Hollow” and most likely “Bones,” which is likely to return even if it is for a shortened final season.
Is it possible that the fate for “Backstrom” could have changed had it had a better timeslot? Maybe, since the show has spent most of its season airing against “The Blacklist” (another show about putting away bad guys) and also “Scandal.” That did not leave it much in the way of viewers.
While we are likely to see this show coming to a close, hopefully Wilson and the rest of the cast will be able to secure some other gigs for themselves in the near future; maybe they will even have a chance to play someone on “Bones,” given the Hanson connection is already there.
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