Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, executive producers of NBC‘s supernatural drama Grimm, were asked a backhanded question today at the show’s TCA panel: What would it take to make Grimm “a true breakout hit?”
“First of all, I thought it was a true breakout hit,” Greenwalt replied. “By God if we’re not a true breakout hit, we’ll become one soon.” The second part of the question was whether the producers are satisfied with the show’s 9 p.m. Friday time slot since there is a perceived TV industry curse that Friday night shows are doomed to fail.
Greenwalt said he “loves the time slot, it’s the old X-Files time slot” and said fans are managing to find the show. Added Kouf: “I don’t believe in curses so much. If they don’t watch it Friday night, they seem to watch it next Saturday.”
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The group was also asked how the show manages to stand out in the glut of supernatural TV fare, and how it plans to distinguish itself going forward. Said Greenwalt: “It’s a hybrid police procedural but has this whole ‘otherworld’ going on that givers us the ability to explain, in this odd and bizarre way, crime.” He added that in upcoming episodes the supernatural otherworld will “go to a macro level” and be tapped to … Read More »
I have learned that NBC has ordered two additional scripts from freshman drama Grimm. The fairytale-themed drama procedural, created by Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, got off to a great ratings start on Friday, October 28 against Game 7 of the World Series. It has slipped since but still ranks as one of NBC’s highest-rated scripted shows in 18-49. In an encouraging sign, Grimm was featured on NBC’s midseason schedule released on Monday.
EXCLUSIVE: David Giuntoli (MTV’s Turn the Beat Around) has landed the lead in NBC’s drama pilot Grimm. Created by David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf and to be directed by Marc Buckland, it is described as a dark but fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist. Grimm centers on Nick Burckhardt (Giuntoli), a good-looking detective who starts to see humans as beast/animals and discovered that he has a legacy – to protect “humans” from these beasts. Giuntoli, repped by CESD and Hofflund/Polone, was also cast by NBC last pilot season when he got a guest spot in the pilot for hourlong comedy Love Bites.
New broadcast entertainment chiefs Bob Greenblatt and Paul Lee are shaking things up this pilot season with some out-of-the-box pilot pickup choices. The latest is an order just made by Greenblatt at NBC for Grimm, described as a dark but fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist. It comes from Angel co-creator David Greenwalt and the show’s writer Jim Kouf. Greenblatt previously picked up to pilot Ron Moore’s drama pilot 17th Precinct, a cop drama set in a town where magic rules over science, 1960s drama Playboy and the Broadway show-themed Smash, among others. Meanwhile, Lee has Poe, a crime procedural with Edgar Allan Poe set in 1840s Boston and 1960s drama pilot Pan Am. Grimm is being produced by UMS and Sean Hayes’ Hazy Mills. Greenwalt and Kouf are executive producing with Hayes and his producing partner Todd Milliner.