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Fox Cancels Rainn Wilson Comedy ‘Backstrom’

Upfronts 2015: The Hart Hanson series will not return to the network

Fox has canceled Rainn Wilson comedy, “Backstrom.”

The Hart Hanson comedy-drama premiered in January but was pulled by the network on Friday.

Centering around an “overweight, offensive, irascible” Portland Police Bureau detective lieutenant (played by Wilson) surrounded by a team of eccentric criminologists, the series consistently struggled in the ratings.

Hanson’s other Fox series, “Bones,” was renewed for Season 11, and he will retain executive producer status.

Earlier on Friday, the network canceled Kevin Bacon-led serial killer drama “The Following” after three seasons.

The show follows Bacon as Ryan Hardy, an investigator hot on the heels of serial killers. The first two seasons had Hardy chasing James Purefoy’s Joe Carroll, while Season 3 saw the introduction of Michael Ealy as the new big bad.

After Season 2, show writers Brett Mahoney and Alexi Hawley and director Marcos Siega were elevated to co-showrunners under the supervision of series creator Kevin Williamson.