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Grimm, Ep. 1.01: ‘Pilot’ – has the potential to build a following for its fresh and twisted version of the bedtime story

31 October 2011 1:14 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Episode 1 – “Pilot”

Directed by Marc Buckland

Written by David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf

Are you sitting comfortably?

The makers of Grimm sure hope you aren’t. Fairytales might be the staple of bedtime stories, but the new series from NBC has none of the kitsch whimsy of The Tenth Kingdom or ABC’s current competitor in the big bad wolf stakes, Once Upon A Time. Nope, this is the kind of story which would have small children begging to have the light left on. Two minutes into the first episode and a student jogger enters the dark, dark woods. She spots a small china figurine balanced on a treestump and stops to investigate. Before you can say Abracadabra she’s discovering what a bad idea it is to talk to strangers. Especially ones with big, sharp teeth.

Enter Detective Nick Burkhardt, who investigates the disappearance with his partner Hank. »

- Cath Murphy

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TV Review: ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ Gets ‘Lost’ in Faerie Tale Land

23 October 2011 6:27 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – With two “Snow White” films currently in production, it’s tempting to believe that Hollywood’s well of originality has run dry. Sure, faerie tales have always been reinterpreted for new generations, but how many re-imaginings does one generation need? It’s only a matter of time until every storybook legend is given a cinematic vehicle before teaming up in the inevitable blockbuster directed by Joss Whedon.

Now American television has followed suit, debuting two new dramas this season that incorporate fantastical characters into a modern setting: NBC’s cop show “Grimm” and ABC’s greatly publicized “Once Upon a Time.” The hype surrounding ABC’s audacious offering is largely due to the involvement of “Lost” writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, who began developing the show long before joining J.J. Abrams’ team. On the basis of their diverting pilot, it’s clear that the program aims to do »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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