'Grimm' premiere: Did NBC's spooky new drama grab you?
The show certainly has mood going for it: It's shot on location in Portland, Ore., and the premiere makes good use of a city we don't often see on screen, and its mix of lush green spaces and often gray skies looks great on TV.
(By the way, if you missed/didn't record the "Grimm" pilot on Friday, NBC is re-airing it at 9 p.m. ET Saturday. Syfy will also show it at 7 p.m. Tuesday.)
We're less sold on the storytelling so far -- but hopeful that it can find its footing. The pilot didn't quite seem to know whether to lean more on the crime-story part of its premise or on the Grimm's Fairy Tales part. The result was a show that didn't feel entirely sure of itself.
But co-creator David Greenwalt has worked this ground before. He was an executive producer of "Angel," which started out as essentially a private eye show starring a vampire before growing into a much more complex (and rewarding) series.
"Grimm" doesn't have the advantage of an already well-liked character at its center the way "Angel" did. We do, however, like the chemistry between David Giuntoli as Nick Grimm, the last in the line of "Grimms" who can see the monsters that lurk among us, and Silas Weir Mitchell as Eddie Monroe, a big bad wolf who's curbed his more monstrous tendencies. That's a pretty good building block.
Even when highly rated sporting events aren't part of Friday night starting next week, "Grimm" could have a tough go against two established shows that play in the same arena, "Fringe" and "Supernatural" (in addition to time-period leader "CSI: NY" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"). We'll be curious to see how its ratings stack up in the coming weeks -- will you be watching again?