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Dennis Haysbert returns to CBS for pilot

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Dennis Haysbert

Dennis Haysbert

Time to revive those old “come home to CBS” promos. Hours after snagging Marg Helgenberger for a fall pilot, CBS just lured The Unit star Dennis Haysbert back to play a detective in the drama 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. Haysbert has been cast as Det. John Almond, one of the law dogs working with Backstrom.

From 2006 to 2009, Haysbert starred as Jonas Blaine in the military drama The Unit for CBS. Before that, he was best known for playing President David Palmer on Fox’s long-running 24.

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