One of the most intriguing new shows this new TV season is the NBC fantasy-drama Grimm. The show follows Nick Burkhardt, a homicide detective in Portland, Orgeon – who discovers that he is a descendent of the ‘Grimms’.
However, it turns out that the Grimms are not just the famous storytellers that everyone thinks they are. It turns out that the fairy tale stories they told about were real, and that the family line has had the important role of policing the balance of humans and the mythological creatures.
Jacob and Wilhelm, the ‘real’ Brothers Grimm, released collections of hundreds of legendary fairy tales in the 1800s, so if the show does take off, the producers will have plenty of content to work with.
NBC has taken a bold step to get the buzz rolling on social media by letting Twitter users watch the full-length premiere episode of Grimm simply by following @NBCGrimm. Viewers will then be send a DM with a unique code to unlock the video on the NBC site.
The first episode plays around with the Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf characters. It’s fast-paced fun as Nick starts to discover more about his family’s secret history. As I watched I couldn’t help thinking of the campy horror of the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ series. It will be interesting if the show can find it’s dedicated audience within the cut throat competition of network television.
Grimm will premiere on Friday, October 28 at 9pm.