NBC's new supernatural procedural, Grimm, won't debut until the fall, but audiences at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con got an advance look at the series when the pilot screened on Saturday.
Here are five things you should know about Grimm
:1. The monsters are everywhere.
Like all great horror, Grimm
works on the concept that not only are scary things real, they're all around us. These monsters, however, stay invisible to all. The "Grimms" are a rare exception to this. When the titular "Grimm," Nick Burckhardt, sees the monsters, they're truly hideous and scary.2. These aren't Disney fairy tales.
If you've ever read Grimm's Fairy Tales
, instead of just watching cartoons or flipping through cleaned-up storybooks, you'll know that they are indeed grim. Characters die. While the good guys usually triumph in the end, it's only through often-gruesome sacrifice that evil is defeated.Grimm
follows those stories. While Little Red Riding Hood might have a shot at winning in the end, sometimes she gets eaten by the Big Bad Wolf.
Basically, don't let the fairy-tale connection convince you that this is a children's program. It's not.3. What Grimm lacks in star power it makes up for in pedigree.
Don't expect big names on the cast of Grimm
. You won't find them. Instead, the main character of Nick is played by David Giuntoli, an actor whose credits are mainly in TV guest spots. You may recognize a few of the faces, but they're hardly household names.
On the other hand, Grimm
comes from a couple of very reputable sources executive producers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf. Both worked as writers on Angel
, so it's safe to say they know their genre.4. Even evil, fairy-tale monsters can have a shot at redemption.
Most of the monsters in Grimm
are truly evil -- hideous creatures that exist only to prey on unsuspecting mortals.
But not all of them. A character who looks poised to be a series regular is Eddie Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), a "reformed" Big Bad Wolf who would rather drink beer than chase down little girls on their way to Grandma's house.5. A knowledge of German will serve you well.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were German brothers who collected traditional fairy tales in the 19th century. Naturally, their names for the various fairy-tale beasts were written in their own language. Grimm
goes with this, seemingly loving to throw words like schlauraffen
Check out the preview trailer below:
And if you want a little more on Grimm
, here are producers Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt basically begging for your viewership (in a funny way, of course):Grimm
will premiere on NBC on Friday October 21 at 9pm.(Image and videos courtesy of NBC)