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TV Drama Veteran Joins New CBS Detective Project EW

A TV veteran known for a CBS drama series has joined a new detective project for the network. Entertainment Weekly reports that Dennis Haysbert of “The Unit” is on board for the CBS drama pilot “Backstrom.”

“From Hart Hanson (‘Bones’), ‘Backstrom’ is based on the Swedish book series about an overweight, offensive, and irascible detective who tries to change his self-destructive behavior,” the story reports. “Haysbert has been cast as Det. John Almond, one of the law dogs working with Backstrom.”

Haysbert also played the president in Fox’s “24” and has appeared in a number of feature films including the “Major League” trilogy. He currently has a high-profile role in commercials for Allstate Insurance.

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