TV Review of NBC’s ‘Grimm’ Season Premiere (& Casting Call Notes)

by on November 3, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Cinema Static TV Review:  NBC’s Grimm takes you back to the day when you could sit down and enjoy a fun monster-bashing show like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and do a good job of mixing the monsters in with the humans!

Grimm on NBC

A TV Review of NBC’s Grimm:

David Giuntoli in GrimmGrimm, inspired by the classic “Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” stars David Giuntoli, whose last regular role was in 2008’s Privileged.  Giuntoli plays Nick Burkhardt, a homicide detective whose family lineage thrusts him smack-dab in the middle of the front lines against fairy tale monsters that exist in our world.

Those fairy tale monsters are the quaint classics we’ve all heard about at one time or another, but as adults, we’ve given no further thought to.

In the season premiere, Nick Burkhardt had no clue what his family did until one day, he started seeing strangeness all about him in the guise of humans wearing monster faces that flicker in and out of his vision.  But only his vision.  (To be accurate, these are monsters living in our world, looking like humans,)

His Aunt Marie (Kate Burton) apprises him of who he really is, a monster hunter from the clan of Grimm.  And all the monsters are aware of the Grimms.

Russell Hornsby and David Giuntoli in Grimm

The first episode had detective Burkhardt pursuing a case where women wearing red were being killed.  As it turns out, it was a fantasy wolf monster that was killing the women.

Our Grimm hunter tracked down the wolf with the help of another wolf, played by Silas Weir Mitchell (My Name Is Earl, Prison Break).  In the process, saving a little girl who was going to be the next victim of the fiend.

Other regular cast includes Russell Hornsby (In Treatment) as his partner, Bitsie Tulloch (The Artist) as his girlfriend, Sasha Roiz (Warehouse 13, Caprica) as his police boss, Reggie Lee (Crazy, Stupid, Love.; No Ordinary Family, Prison Break), & Claire Coffee (Franklin & Bash, General Hospital) is not the nice, pretty thing she appears to be.

Grimm monster

Just another co-worker!

Grimm is fun and feels a lot like what we’ve been missing when Joss Whedon’s TV adaptation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer left the airways so many years ago.

Unlike Buffy, our hunter pursues the monsters of Grimm legends, and rather than a simple civilian, is a cop, upping the ante of who he is and what he has to protect.

Grimm‘s credited creators are David Greenwalt (Angel, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Eureka, In Plain Sight) and Jim Kouf (National Treasure, Ghost Whisperer), bringing what I would suspect, is a great combination of experience and vision to the show.

The writers for the first two episodes include Alan Di Fiore & Dan E. Fesman.  Di Fiore’s involvement doesn’t wind me up much, whose credits include A Fork in the Road, and on TV, The Bridge.  But Fesman brings his experience from Human Target, NCIS, Eureka & Dead Like Me to the keyboard.  Now that creates a bit of excited hope.

But there are a boatload of directors involved… so there may be a bit more variety to the feel of each of the upcoming episodes.

I’ve seen enough fantasy procedural TV shows come and go but the team behind this new show gives me hope that they can develop a show, a story and a set of characters that will be fun and entertaining to become involved with.

Claire Coffee in Grimm

Claire Coffee needing good dental insurance package in GRIMM

Now, the only thing any fan of Grimm has to worry about is the competition on Friday nights from similar genre TV.  Will Grimm be able to battle off Fringe and Supernatural?  Which of these shows will be relegated more to 7+live TV ratings as they will probably become dependent on DVR-like viewing?

We’ll see.

But there is one thing I know, and it’s that I hope Grimm stays around for more than a few episodes or one season.

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FYI:

Casting Call for NBC’s ‘Grimm

Back on October 19th, there was an open casting call for Grimm in the Portland, Oregon area.  Obviously, that day has come and gone, but I believe that they may still be keeping an eye out for the right cast of players.

They’re looking for actors who are AFTRA members and registered Extras.

If you are interested in the possibility of being an extra (You can find out how to register at the link.  I used to be an extra.  It’s a total blast.) or snagging a role,

GO TO THE FOLLOWING link and read the instructions very carefully.

[open casting call for nbc’s grimm]

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