NBC Orders Brothers Grimm-Themed Cop Drama

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NBC Grimm TV Show NBC Orders Brothers Grimm Themed Cop Drama

In the world of network TV, police procedurals are a dime a dozen, so it should be no surprise to learn that NBC has picked up the pilot episode of a new cop show.

Rather than churning out another Law and Order spin-off though, the Peacock network is trying out a new spin on the tired genre.

According to Deadline, NBC just picked up the pilot for a new show called Grimm, which it describes as “a dark but fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist.” The show comes from David Greenwalt (co-executive producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and co-creator of Angel) and writer Jim Kouf.

I haven’t decided yet whether I think the premise for Grimm is completely absurd or incredibly interesting. Maybe I’m just having a hard time picturing a modern day cop joining forces with Red Riding Hood to take down the Big Bad Wolf or busting through a door to stop Hansel and Gretel from being eaten by a witch.

Interestingly, Grimm isn’t the only high-concept police procedural that was announced this past week. Recently, ABC greenlit production on Poe, a “crime procedural following Edgar Allan Poe as the world’s very first detective, using unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840s Boston.”

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For what it’s worth, I think NBC should be applauded for taking a step outside of the box with Grimm. As a culture, we’re more open to fantasy/sci-fi entertainment than ever before, so it’s not like they’re taking a huge risk, but it’s still a risk. If it pays off, it could be a huge success for the network.

One stray thought: I wonder if Greenwalt and Kouf are familiar with the Vertigo comic book series Fables. While not a police procedural per se, it does feature fairy tale characters existing in a modern universe. Interestingly, NBC put Fables into development as a TV series in 2005, but it didn’t go anywhere. ABC also picked up Fables as a TV show in 2008, but that also never got off the ground. I doubt there’s any significant connection between Fables and Grimm, but it’s an interesting question to consider.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I love Fables! And I immediately thought of it after just reading the headline. The show could really be good but it all depends on the writing and the budget of the show.Wishful thinking…..

    • YES!!! Bigby would be a fantastic central (if not THE main) character for this. Since it doesn’t sound as if this show will be based on that particular property, I hope it, at least, shares a very similar vibe.

  2. Truth be told I think Fables would be a much better choice as a development project. I have no clue why it couldn’t make it out of development hell at ABC or why it went wrong with NBC. My guess is the budget was too expensive to do it justice. I feel like a cable network like AMC, Showtime, or HBO would be a better fit for Fables anyway. I think it would stand up well next to The Walking Dead, Spartacus, or Boardwalk Empire…if done correctly that is.

  3. “or busting through a door to stop Hansel and Gretel from being eaten by a witch.”

    For the record……Gretle will be on the lamb for burning the sweet old lady alive in cold blood, Hansel will get busted for harboring a fugitive and both will also be charged with grande theft for stealing the old lady’s jewelry (and a prime motive for murder no less!)

  4. It’s interesting because Neil Gaiman actually has a short story along this line and I loved it. Instead, he used Nursery Rhyme characters, but that’s not the point :D

    I’m interested to see if it will take. If done well, this could breathe new life into the cop procedural.

  5. Nbc has a new executive director in charge of programming….which is why a lot of the new shows that are being put on the fast tracck for next season were previously put on the shelf due
    to a lack of interest by the last exec..its interesting how much more variety of shows Nbc is willing to play to now that there’s a new sheriff at that network. .oh and yes i can guarantee that its more than likely Fables but probably retooled..

  6. I d give it a shot, not sure its a good idea on a major network, thats like timer on a bomb cause sooner or later BOOM !!!!!

  7. Maybe a salute to Stan Freberg’s “St. George and the Dragonet”?

  8. I was thinking about Fables when looking over this article … seems a bit close to Fables for me.

  9. I hope they continue filming in Portland Oregon! Christina Holtom was in the pilot of Grimm that was shot in Portland,OR. She is todays “Hepburn” of the screen, an excellent role model for today’s youth. I have seen her on stage many times, she is a magnificent actress! Come on NBC…don’t loose Christina Holtom!

  10. Sean Thurston, being Christina’s dad makes you somewhat biased, no?