"Grimm" plans to turn fairytales on their heads.
After previewing the first episode of NBC's upcoming storytelling-meets-crimefighting procedural, which is loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood, the "Grimm" cast and crew promised Comic-Con attendees that other bedtime stories would be transformed into supernatural cases, including the Three Little Pigs, Cinderella and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
"I like all the fairytales where I don't get thrown against the wall," joked David Giuntoli, who plays detective Nick Burkhardt, one of the last surviving members of the Grimm family, which the show depicts as an ancient clan of profilers who have the ability to see baddies disguised as humans. In the first episode, he tracks down a big bad serial killer.
Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, the show's writers and executive producers, said that Burkhardt would solve a fairytale-inspired crime each week, but Greenwalt added there would be "arcs for all the characters and terrible things are going to happen to them." It's familiar territory for the pair: They worked on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel."
The show takes place and will be filmed in Portland, Ore. Bitsie Tulloch, who plays Burkhardt's fiance, Juliet, said the town is the perfect setting for the mythological procedural because it has a "built-in eeriness." When asked by a fan if the storylines would move beyond the city, Greenwalt said "apparently, there's a lot of monsters in Portland."
Derrik J. Lang can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang.