Former The Office star Rainn Wilson is returning to the small screen in a new U.S. drama series.

The Emmy-nominated actor wrapped his nine-year run on the popular sitcom last May (13), and now he is set to get serious in a new series created and produced by Bones boss Hart Hanson.

Backstrom is based on Swedish novelist Leif G.W. Persson's books about Detective Everett Backstrom, a troubled investigator who struggles to change his self-destructive behaviour.

The series is set to air on America's Fox Network.