Sarah Chalke Joins Fox's Backstrom as Rainn Wilson's Ex-Fiancée

Sitcom all-star Sarah Chalke is taking a serious detour with a major recurring role opposite Rainn Wilson in Fox’s midseason crime drama Backstrom, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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The Scrubs vet will play Amy Gazanian, the ex-fiancée of Wilson’s titular detective. A former social worker and journalist, Amy left Backstrom 10 years ago, largely due to the many flaws in his trauma-riddled character. Now back in town, she has been appointed the Chair of the Civilian Oversight Committee — and in spite of her lingering affection for Backstrom, she intends to do her job and keep an eye on his every slippery, ethically dubious, judicially inappropriate move.

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“When we first began our search for this crucial character we all agreed that we needed someone like Sarah Chalke,” shares exec producer Hart Hanson. “Imagine our glee when we actually scored the person most like Sarah Chalke in the world — Sarah Chalke!”

Chalke’s last major TV gig was the short-lived ABC comedy How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life).


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  1. Aimee says:

    “we all agreed that we needed someone like Sarah Chalke,” – That phrase could apply to every sitcom casting session ever.

  2. DebLG says:

    She’s great – I hope this works for her. I’ll check it out now.

  3. brycealexander says:

    I just was not into that pilot’s trailer whatsoever. If Rake showed us anything, it’s that the public’s sick of the “tormented genius” television program. I’ll probably be skipping this one, unfortunately.

    • Fan says:

      I think Rake didn’t work because Kinnear doesn’t have enough darkness in him to play a tormented soul. Rainn Wilson might.

  4. Pamela says:

    Have no idea why Sarah’s two recent sit coms didn’t go. Last one particularly, was a great cast ….well both were great casts backing her up. Move them to a different time slot. FIddle with them a bit maybe, but don’t cancel them. I’m going to buy and download the last one if I can. Only thing I didn’t like is being lazy and designating her as a working single parent, is to put her in a pony tail with hair falling in her face. Single moms can get an efficient, casual style. Sad to have to see her play it that way when she’s so beautiful.

  5. Zach says:

    “Serious detour”? Come on, this is pretty much a comedy.

  6. Behrooz says:

    Didn’t like her on Roseanne, but have come to greatly appreciate her since then.

  7. Brooke says:

    How To Live With Your Parents ranks in the category of “sitcoms with heart that left us too soon” along with Trophy Wife.

    • N tTVf says:

      Great comments here – Sarah is golden. HTLWParents was a really nice show and ABC made a mistake canceling it; her prior comedy w/Jason Biggs on CBS – Mad Love, had potential, but never quite caught on. Her work on HIMYM speaks for itself – only she could join a successful ensemble cast and make the show that much better – the ‘sixth’ member of that great cast [or eventual ‘eighth’ player if you count Milioti (#6) and Williams (#7), which we should]. What would Scrubs have been without SC?

      I wasn’t actually planning on watching Backstrom – now I’ll need to. I think Sarah C. is also working on a pilot over at Amazon Prime?

      Anyway, great news, and lets hope this work on Backstrom will open up some new doors for SC and she gets another pilot opportunity next spring. A television season is not quite complete without Sarah.

  8. Heathers says:

    Well that ended quickly. She is the kiss of death for any show that she is in.

  9. Sheila says:

    Not sure I can buy her being in love with Rainn Wilson.