Move over, Buffy ... NBC's going creature hunting with Grimm

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Dec 15, 2012

The producers of Buffy and Angel are about to go creature hunting again, but this time they are taking on the world of fairy tales in a scary police procedural from NBC called Grimm that they promise will tear apart your childhood myths and legends.

"We're unraveling of a lot of the Grimm's Fairy Tales. We want it to be a show that you can turn on every Friday night and get your fairy tale fractured by us," said executive producer Jim Kouf.

"It's a police procedural kind of turned on its head. And it's also a retelling of the old Grimm brothers' tales, and actually many other fairy tales, as we get going," said executive producer David Greenwalt. "The notion was that the Grimm brothers were profilers, the fairy tales are real, and what they were writing about was real and really happened. And so we have a character, Nick, who is a homicide detective who can see the Big Bad Wolf in the child molester and other such critters within humans. ... It's a different way to tell both crime stories and fairy tales."

In the story, Nick Burkhardt (David Guintoli) is a cop who suddenly learns he's descended from a line of elite hunters called Grimms, and he can see that not all people are actually people. Some of them are fairy-tale creatures who commit horrible crimes. As his Aunt Marie passes on the family business, Nick discovers not only that he has to stop these creatures, but that he has to do it in a way that makes sense to his partner and his bosses on the police force.

"He's a really good cop at profiling and doing his job. He's very young for the kind of responsibility he has as a detective. And, of course, in the pilot his entire world is turned upside down," said Greenwalt. "At first thinks he's losing his mind. He's seeing this critters or creatures within 'normal human beings,' and that idea really grabbed us, like, what a great way to tell a stories, and what a great way to explain some pretty heinous things that go in in the world that seem inexplicable."

And because Grimm comes from two of the guys behind Angel and Buffy, you can expect some deeply dark humor.

"I think it's very appropriate for this particular show, because those Grimm tales were pretty dark," said Greenwalt. "These aren't the fairy tales that we saw as cartoons in theaters growing up. [The series] calls for some relief, some of the dark issues we're dealing with. One of our main characters, the Munroe character, the so-called 'reformed Big Bad Wolf,' is really struggling with his humanity. And we realized it's actually kind of amusing when we started writing him. His struggle is so grand that it's also amusing."

How amusing? Let's just say Monroe, who's played by Silas Weir Mitchell, is not your average Big Bad Wolf. "He does Pilates and he goes to church. And he's trying to fight his grimmer impulses. So [the creatures] run the whole gambit, the whole spectrum, so that they're not always evil or bad. Sometimes they're good. Sometimes they're innocent but they've gotten themselves into a situation which our hero has to help them. So they run the gambit that humans do. And each one is different," he said.

Dealing with his new reality takes Nick "on a hell of a journey. He's been told he has to give up his girlfriend, and he absolutely is going to refuse to do that. He's going to go on a quest to try to set up a situation where he can keep her safe. ... And he's going to learn more and more about these worlds and worlds within the worlds. And he's just going to be challenged on every level, both as a policeman and now as he discovers he's a Grimm," said Greenwalt.

"You'll be seeing all kinds of creatures, and you may see some more wolves, you may see a pig, and you may see some scary bears," he added.

We'll also be getting a look into Aunt Marie's trailer, which will hold plenty of secrets for Nick to uncover beyond a library of books that profile some of the creatures the detective will be facing this season.

"This material is so attractive to us because you get to have all the fun of the fairy tales, all the fun of a police procedural," said Greenwalt.

"Ours is an odd combination of horror, suspense, classic fairy-tale story structure, iconic characters and humor. We're trying to hit it all. We're just want to be entertaining," said Kouf.

Here's a Grimm teaser:

Grimm airs on Fridays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

So what's it going to be? Grimm, Supernatural or Frin... er the seventh game of the World Series?

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