Exclusive Interview: David Greenwalt &Jim Kouf – Grimm

Whedonopolis: We’re very, very thrilled with the show. In fact, when I saw it at Comic-Con, I knew it would really do well, and I’m very pleased that the ratings are holding up.

David Greenwalt: Thank you.

            Jim Kouf:  Thank you.


Whedonopolis: We’re just – we’re thrilled, and the fans are of course. The Whedon-based fans love seeing new shows and that the writing is extremely good. It’s very important to us. In fact, we opened up questions to our readers and the first person to post a question was Wendy Garvin, who asks “since Joss has done so much directing and writing episodes for other shows have you thought about seeing if he’d like to do a one-off for your show?”

Greenwalt: That son of a *censormode*! He’s got to come do one for us. And you know as soon as I saw Joss at Comic-Con and didn’t even think to – I mean, of course we would love to have him write, direct, or do craft service you know.

Kouf:  He’s done a little bit…..


Whedonopolis:
I think if you can get him on, I’ve got a few people who will do the craft service for you for free.

Kouf:He’s free. He’s pretty good with a bagel, I’m telling you.


Whedonopolis:
Well, that’ll be lovely to know that you’re going to try.  And then we have a question from David Mello, “Did you guys expect Monroe to take off as the break out character he’s become?”

Greenwalt: Yes.

Kouf: Silas has done good!

Greenwalt: I think yes, we kind of did. Because when we first wrote it and we realized we were on to something tremendous, and when we got Silas Wier Mitchell to play him – he’s just such an interesting character with a different slant. And in a way, he’s more human than the human characters, you know, because he’s fighting his inner demons so forcefully.
Kouf:Yes. He also gets exactly what we’re going for with the character. Silas is just on the money.

Greenwalt:So we like to think of them all as break out characters, you know.

Whedonopolis: We understand that.  Also from David Mello, “Will it turn out that Nick has not been a true Grimm as he approaches the job like a police detective rather than as a Grimm is supposed to be, which is the Boogie Man?”

Greenwalt: As a – what was the last word?


Whedonopolis:
Well, a Grimm is the Boogie Man of the monsters.

Greenwalt: Oh, a Boogie Man. Oh, a Boogie Man. Okay. Well, it’s a really good question and Nick will develop into some – he is not your average, everyday Grimm, and he does operate differently than some Grimm’s have traditionally operated. And, we’ll learn more about that as – this very season.

Whedonopolis:
Great, because what we’re looking forward to is back story. After all, all your fans have been trained to always know that there’s back story, and the back story can always change.

Greenwalt: That’s true.

While the cast and crew of Grimm wait to learn if their very strong rating gets them a second season the good news is they got an order for a “back nine”, which means this will be a full season of 22 episodes. While they lobbied for and love the 9pm slot (the old X-File slot) Greenwalt says, “if Mr. Greenblatt says you’re changing nights, we say, “Yes sir.”

Also good news for the fans is Greenwalt and Kouf’s desire to work with Whedonverse talent. Amy Acker’s episode airs on February 10thTerentella, plus “we’ve actually been thinking of what – how we could get (Tony) into the show if he’d want to do it. We’ve actually thought quite a bit about that.” Woo and Hoo.

Make sure you’ve set your DVR for this evening’s Organ Grinder” and next week’s sweep’s episode The Last Grimm Standing.”    Follow on Facebook Facebook.com/NBCGrimm  and Twitter @NBCGrimm 

Trailer for “Organ Grinder”

For those who haven’t seen Grimm yet: “Grimm” is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales.   Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world.

As he tries to hide the dangers of his new found calling from his fiancé, Juliette Silverton, (Bitsie Tulloch), and his partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby), he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries and alliances of the Grimm world. 

With help from his confidant, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), a reformed Grimm creature himself, Nick must navigate through the forces of a larger-than-life mythology, facing off with Hexenbiests, Blutbads and all manner of ancient evils, including royal lines dating back to the original profilers themselves, The Grimm Brothers.  Reggie Lee and Sasha Roiz also star.

“Grimm” is a Universal Television and Hazy Mills production.  The series was created by Stephen Carpenter and David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf.  Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner and Norberto Barba are executive producers along with Greenwalt and Kouf.


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Post Author: Marsia Powers

Assignment Editor for Fandomopolis and Whedonopolis - Twitter and Facebook @Marsia - Taught to read on super hero comic books by her cool mom who enjoyed Star Trek, James Bond and the original Doctor Who, Marsia is a second-generation SciFi/fantasy aficionado. Marsia went from socializing over the internet in 1999 to organizing in 2003 a combined SciFi/Fantasy/Whedonverse Meetup in Los Angeles that has grown to over 650 members.

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