I know what you're thinking. It's another one of those 'Give this Show a Shot' pieces. Backstrom, right? The one with the detective who hates ... just about everyone. Do we really need another show with a 'loveable' irascible male lead? Didn't FOX learn anything from Rake? And ok, you may get a guilty giggle about how non-PC it all is, but that's no basis for a whole hour's commitment once a week, is it? Maybe you'll DVR it. Maybe you won't. What else is airing on Thursday?
What if I told you that you were making a mistake? Not just you, but a whole marketing team in fact? What if the show is not about what you think it's about? Because, in case you're in any doubt, that is essentially what I'm telling you.
Backstrom is actually one of the most nuanced, sensitive and smart new dramas on air, but there's no way you'd know that unless you've seen a handful of episodes, and if you've been put off by a series of cheeky, un-politically correct promo trailers, then chances are, you never will.
Here then are 5 honest reasons to give this show your time on Thursday.
2. Thomas Dekker
Do we actually need a reason to have more confident Out gay characters on TV? Thomas Dekker’s turn as Gregoary Valentine is simply a joy to watch. We’re not in buttoned down Secret Circle territory any more, Toto.
Whether he’s passing off stolen watches, charming would-be clients and boyfriends with a smattering of French, donning mascara in his underpants, or flirting with Niedermayer, Dekker just eats up the screen in this role.
What’s his real relationship with Backstrom? What are the details of his past, and why do these two mismatched and broken characters live together? There are answers coming. And you won’t want to miss them because there’s nobody like Gregory Valentine on TV quite like Gregory Valentine.