GRIMM Executive Producers/Writers David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf Talk To CBT!


I recently participated in an international media conference call with the executive producers and writers from the new NBC show Grimm. This is a highly anticipated show that – according to David Greenwalt – could become a comic book series. It is based on Grimm fairytales, yet the show will be set in our world, not two worlds.

Some quotes have been edited and condensed.

David Greenwalt explains (with a question from Reg Seeton of Deadbolt):

“… Jim Kouf and I were approached by Hazy Mills which is Todd Milline and Sean Haye’s company and Todd had this great idea about doing something in the modern world with the Brothers Grimm. And we flipped for the idea. And we came up with the notion … how to marry that mythology into the modern world would be by the following. That the original Brothers Grimm were in fact profilers. And that the stories they were telling were in fact true on some basic deep level. And we came up with the notion that in our world of the Grimm, there would only be one world. There wouldn’t be a fairytale world and a real world. There would just be our world. And in our world lived these creatures who can be seen by our hero. And for example, he can see the big bad wolf and the child molester. And it’s a sort of a marriage of a police procedural and a mythological fracturing fairytales every week…”


Jim Kouf gives more insight on the influences of Grimm (in response to a question from Chuck Barney of the Oakland Tribe):

“So ours is an odd combination of horror, suspense, classic fairytale story structure, iconic characters and humor. So we’re trying to hit it all. We’re just want to be entertaining.

Comic Canuck: Thanks for taking the call. So similar to that of Buffy, X-Files, True Blood and other TV shows that have run before, I know it’s early, but I wanted to ask a question given where I’m calling from. What are the chances we’ll see a Grimm comic book series based on this show?

David Greenwalt:
The chances we see a Grimm comic book series based on the show I think are very good. 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 Grimm musical. [We all laugh]


There you have it. Not only is there a cool new show about to hit the tube, there may indeed be a comic book series spin-off in the works. Don’t miss the first episode of Grimm!

Grimm premieres Friday, October,28 at 9/8 c on NBC. Check your local listings!

Will you be tuning in? Let us know!


Grimm is an upcoming American fantasy/mystery/crime drama series set to debut on NBC on October 28, 2011. It will air Fridays at 9/8c. The show has been described as “a cop drama—with a twist…a dark and fantastical project about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist”.

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