Comic Con 2012: Are You Ready for Grimm?

Comic Con 2012 Grimm

This past Saturday at the San Diego Comic Con, the handful of creative minds as well as the entire cast of the new fairytale drama Grimm paid a visit to the annual fete, delighting fans with talk of the much anticipated second season of the NBC drama.

But before the panel got started, the lights dimmed and a lengthy retrospective of the events that took place during season one was screened. I must say that was a perfect introduction to the show as well as a great way to remind the loyal viewers of Detective Nick Burkhart’s journey into the world of the Grimm.

Once the lights were back up, the entire cast and creative team were already seated at the panelist table with moderator Alison Haislip, best known for her hosting duties on Attack of the Show, making the introductions.

Among the creative team in attendance were Executive Producers/Directors Jim Kouf, David Greenwalt and Norberto Barba and Series Creators Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner; and the cast members included: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz and Bree Turner.

Alison, of course, asked the big question first: Where did the concept of the show come from and oddly enough David Greenwalt actually answered for series co-creator Todd Milliner, stating that “Todd was in the shower six years ago when the idea came to him”. Now whether the location was real or imaginary, Todd and Sean did indeed begin the process of creating what is now known as the TV show Grimm that long ago. And, they chose Portland, Oregon as the location for the series simply because the Grimm Fairytales were originally based in the Black Forest in Germany; and Portland has the perfect forest to replicate the tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Probably the next best question to ask (which it was) is where the creative team gets all of the great names for the creatures aka Wesen (or as it is pronounced Vessin). As any viewer knows, the names are all in German and the creative team joked that they pick the names based on “how cool they sound in German”. Silas, of course, then rattled off a number of the names, sharing that they are not easy to say at all, which elicited laughter from the packed panel room. [It should be noted that the room was nearly standing room alone, showing just how popular this new series has become.]

The creative team and cast members were reluctant to share details about what to expect in season two or about their characters. However, Reggie did share that among the unusual items for which Sgt. Wu ate after he was affected by the spell meant for Hank (Hornsby) were actually pound cake for the couch and chocolate for the coins; “all kinds of new creatures will be introduced” according to David Greenwalt and “all questions will be answered about the history of the key and coins with more questions raised” per Sean Hayes and the audience will learn more about Captain Renard (Roiz).

Then the audience was given a very special treat: the first full act of the show’s season premiere, which featured more of Nick’s mom (returning guest star Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) and the next new creature to wreak havoc on Portland: a sabre-tooth tiger Vessin.

Grimm will actually return with its second season premiere on Monday, August 13 at 10 PM and will air four new episodes before returning to its regular timeslot on Friday, September 14. Mark your calendars!

(Photo Credit: Facebook Grimm)