Hardcore fans of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spinoff "Angel" will likely tune in on Friday night to check out the first episode of NBC's much-hyped new series "Grimm," from that vampire series' co-creator David Greenwalt, and one its consulting producers, Jim Kouf.
The show – "a marriage of a police procedural and a mythological fracturing fairy tale every week," as Greenwalt described it – is about a cop who finds out he has the gift to see sinister (and sometimes not-so-sinister, such as the lycanthrope Eddie) Grimm's fairy tale characters, will have a different take on the "Big Bad" villains we saw each season on "Buffy" and "Angel."
"The 'Big Bad' comes in a little different form in Grimm because we’re presenting some characters that appear to be bad but may actually have some good agendas, you know, a little more mix of good and bad in the characters that Nick, our main character will go up against," Greenwalt recently told reporters.
Greenwalt said that (not unlike its Friday night TV competition, "Fringe") it will have episodic stories as well as longer story arcs.
The pair also weighed in on the current fairy tale trend and the reasons fan respond to them to this day: "Fairy tales appeal to people of all ages, in different ways at different times," said Greenwalt. The big bad wolf is a cautionary tale for don’t talk to strangers, go straight to grandma’s house."
"Red Riding Hood," which is tackled in particular in the series premiere, is "a cautionary tale for parents who are raising children and don’t have enough money to feed them. Don't bring them in the woods," according to Kouf. "It spoke of the times that people were living in."
"Fairy tales really provide a great way to talk about that kind of stuff [like protecting children from the real world] and usually the good triumphs, not always," Greenwalt added. "But usually the good triumphs and the evil is vanquished. there’s something about sitting around, you know, the campfire and telling a story. It’s an oral tradition that seems you know ancient and had lasted all this time. We still love these stories."
Future episodes will include a new take on "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," and a lesser known tale called "The Queen Bee."
One question that is always on the geek mind is whether there will be a comic book spinoff, as we've seen with Greenwalt's previous series, as well as "True Blood" and others.
"The chances we see a comic book series based on the show I think are very good," said Greenwalt. "And I think there’s terrific room for that in the comic book world. And the big question is will it come before or after the musical?"