123 Grimm


Remember the fairy tales your parents used to tell you before bedtime? Well, those weren't stories, they were warnings.

Timeslot (Premiere date in parenthesis)

Wednesdays @ 9:00 pm on Z Télé
Fridays @ 9:00 pm on NBC


"Grimm" is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm's Fairy Tales. Remember the fairy tales your parents used to tell you before bedtime? Those weren't stories -- they were warnings. Nick Burkhardt (David Guintoli "Turn The Beat Around") thought he prepared himself for the realities of working as a homicide detective until he started seeing things he couldn't quite explain. When his ailing Aunt Marie (guest star Kate Burton, "Grey's Anatomy") arrives, Nick's life turns upside down when she reveals they are descendants of an elite group of hunters, also known as "Grimms," who fight to keep the balance of humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world. As Nick digs deeper into her past, he realizes that he will have to shoulder the responsibility of his ancestors -- and contend with a larger-than-life mythology of the Brothers Grimm that is now all too real. Russell Hornsby ("Lincoln Heights"), Bitsie Tulloch ("Quarterlife"), Silas Weir Mitchell ("Prison Break"), Reggie Lee ("Persons Unknown") and Sasha Roiz ("Caprica") also star.

"Grimm" is a production of Universal Media Studios and Hazy Mills Productions. Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner ("Hot in Cleveland") serve as executive producers, Jim Kouf ("National Treasure," "Angel") and David Greenwalt ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel") are the creators/executive producers and Marc Buckland ("My Name Is Earl") is the director.

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Please note that these reviews may contain spoilers.
Gordon McDougall's Take
This is one of those shows that all of us can describe with these few simple words: "I love it! It's doomed!" Every year, there are shows that TV lovers grow attached to, only to have them cancelled from under our feet. That's what I think will happen to Grimm.

The thing I like most about this show is that the lead character, Nick Burkhardt, sees evil people as the monsters they really are, and the instantaneous transformations back and forth from human to monster are chilling and startling…in a good way! I am also encouraged that one of the executive producers is David Greenwalt, who cut his fangs on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Grimm feels as though it could nicely fit into the Buffyverse.

Unlike Once Upon A Time, which is laden down in a bit too much backstory and mythology, Grimm is more straight forward and it is what its name implies. It’s Grimm in the best sense of the word. I think it could be a nice, broody adult fairytale to settle in to watch on Friday nights through the winter. The shame of it all is that it's on opposite Fox's Fringe, which is made for the same audience. It's the biggest scheduling travesty of the year (aside from the ridiculousness of putting Community up against Big Bang Theory on Thursdays). While I'm rooting for Grimm, I know it's going to dilute the already wandering viewership of Fringe, and I fear both shows will end up cancelled by the end of the season. However, I encourage fans of this kind of mythical SciFi to give the show a chance, and enjoy the ride while it lasts.

While I lean towards categorizing Grimm as a personal favourite, I think (sadly) that it belongs under the heading of "cancelled early on". That makes being a fan of this show scary on a whole other level.
Rating: Watch it while you can! (Canceled early on)
About Gordon McDougall
TVGord is a radio host at 580 CFRA in Ottawa. He does a weekly segment about TV every friday which you can hear in MP3 in the '580 CFRA Interviews' section of their website, www.cfra.com