NBC picks up mysterious Grimm

NBC yesterday announced that they’re adding Grimm to the fall line-up. Today, we’ve got a first look at the new show.

Grimm has been a pretty low-key development so far. We’d had a basic plot synopsis before now, but that was pretty much it. NBC has now released three short clips with footage from the pilot. Here’s the first one:

Apparently it’s a new police procedural.

This young man is the “last Grimm,” apparently a long line of folk who have the ability to see the true nature of the creatures who hide among us.

From the trailer, it’s obvious that they are not all bad; in fact this wolf-man is slated to become the detective’s freind, and as the story develops one of the major themes will likely be the prjudice against the various creartures, when it’s clear that not all of them are monsters.

The other two clips, which you can check out on NBC’s page for the show, depict a short fight scene with a troll, and a deathbed scene in which the secret is revealed: thankfully in the first episode. I know people like mysteries, but I’m finding myself fonder of police procedural, over mind-screw mysteries lately.

Grimm’s synopsis from the website:

“Detective Nick Burkhardt thought he was ready for the grim reality of working homicide in Portland, Oregon. That is, until he started to see things… things he couldn’t quite explain. Like a gorgeous woman suddenly transforming into a hideous hag, or an average Joe turning into a vicious troll. Then, after a panicked visit from his only living relative, Nick discovers the truth about his visions: he’s not like everyone else, he’s a descendant of an elite group of hunters known as ‘Grimms’ who are charged with stopping the proliferation of supernatural creatures in the world.

“And so begins his new life journey – albeit a reluctant one at first – as he solves crimes with his partner who knows something about Nick has radically changed but can’t quite put his finger on it. Along the way, Nick finds himself unexpectedly getting help on some of the more difficult cases from Monroe, a guy who seems normal at first but is soon revealed to be what you might call a ‘big bad wolf.’ Literally! While the Brothers Grimm wrote fairy tales that children have adored for generations, imagine if the villains were real, and Nick was the only one who could stop them.”

The show seems to have a perfect formula for success, combining fairy tales and detectiveing, two things which have been historically very popular. Also, it’s going to be one of the few genre shows on American network television this fall. 

So far, alongside Alcatraz, that makes for only two genre shows which have had their pilots picked up by the big three. We still have the rest of the week to see the final decisions, however.