'Grimm' will be an engrossing procedural with fairy tales, say producers
'Grimm' actors and producers say the show is firmly planted in the real world, but fantasy elements will add interesting twists
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What did you think when you saw the finished pilot?
SASHA: I just loved it.
REGGIE I saw it and thought, “This really is sensational!” I didn’t have vision for it and I didn’t quite know what it would look like. We were not featured that heavily, at least I wasn’t, so I wasn’t there long enough to have a sense of it. So when I did see it, I was so surprised and so pleased because I think it captured everything that it needed to. In the script, there was the element of the fantastical and supernatural, but it was a fairytale. It felt like a fairytale that I had grown up. Like you were looking in from the outside, and I loved that.
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Executive Producers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf
What can you tell us about GRIMM?
DAVID: We don’t see these creatures as monsters. The real monsters take place within. So there isn’t two worlds: the real world and the fairytale world. It’s one world and hopefully if we do our jobs well enough, you’ll see the human being and beneath what is monstrous.
How closely will the show follow the classic fairytales?
JIM: We’re fracturing the fairytales and taking the pieces. We’re trying to find the crimes in the fairytales and a context for those crimes.
DAVID: As can be seen in our pilot episode, one of our big, bad wolves is not that big and not that bad anymore because he is fighting his inner nature, like an alcoholic fights the bottle. Like anybody that has an addiction. So he’s a vegetarian. He no longer eats people. No all Grimm creatures are bad. Some of them are good and are trying to help our hero and he wont know from week to week who is which. Just seeing someone morph into a creature, you wont know is that person good or bad. It will be different every week.
JIM: We’re also not purely horror. What we’re not going to do too much of is the fetish of the corpse, because we’re not into portraying that on television. It’s not about gore. It’s about being scary and fun.
Do you see your show as a family show?
DAVID: I think that the original fairytales were for everybody, but caution should be employed.
Are the Grimm-creatures all going to be portrayed as bad in GRIMM?
DAVID: There is no pure villain in our show. There’s always a point of view. The postman, we view him as a pedophile, but he wasn’t. He only kidnapped the little girl to have Sunday dinner. So from his point of view, he’s following his nature. But from our point of view, that’s not acceptable.
What inspired you to set the show in Portland?
JIM: It was the most like Germany. It has the waterfalls, the forest and the mist and that feeling that we didn’t have to pay for. It has the great storybook feel, which we love taking advantage of.
How concerned are you about the other Friday night shows competing with GRIMM?
DAVID: We’re entertainers. We can only bring people to the table if we provide great entertainment, and that’s what we’re hoping to do. All you can do is put up the best entertainment you can, and hopefully your audience finds you and likes what you do. GRIMM is like a roller-coaster ride; you never know what’s coming next. It’s fast, funny, and it’s scary. I don’t think it’s a “death slot” for us. It’s a grand slot for us. Remember a little show called X-FILES? It was on at 9:00 pm on Fridays for many years.
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