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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