David Giuntoli and Silas Weird Mitchell in GRIMM - Season 1 - "Island of Dreams" | ©2012 NBC/Scott Green

David Giuntoli and Silas Weird Mitchell in GRIMM - Season 1 - "Island of Dreams" | ©2012 NBC/Scott Green

One of NBC’s breakout series this year has been the supernatural cop show GRIMM which features David Giuntoli as Portland, Oregon cop Nick Burkhardt who discovers he comes from a long line of “Grimms.” Translation: he’s someone who can see and stop the supposedly mythological creatures that exist in our world who want to wreak havoc.

The series premiered in the unfortunate Friday night at 9:00 time slot last fall, yet thrived and grew even with pre-emptions and stiff competition from like-minded series FRINGE and SUPERNATURAL also occupying that time slot.

At a recent event, Giuntoli spoke with ASSIGNMENT X about the future of the series and what a blast he’s been having every week on the series.

ASSIGNMENT X: Were you surprised at how successful GRIMM has been, specially considering it was relegated to Friday at 9:00 opposite both SUPERNATURAL and FRINGE?

Bree Turner and David Giuntoli in GRIMM - Season 1 - "Love Sick" | ©2012 NBC/Scott Green

Bree Turner and David Giuntoli in GRIMM - Season 1 - "Love Sick" | ©2012 NBC/Scott Green

DAVID GIUNTOLI: We came in as the underdog. I liked being on Friday nights. I liked it from the beginning. And it’s something I don’t want to change in a way, that underdog status. I love that we broke out and proved everyone wrong and we’re going up against a couple other genre shows and it’s even more to our advantage.

AX: The show even weathered pre-emptions throughout the season too – and still came back strong every time.

GIUNTOLI: You have two options with this show – run it, and have a huge hiatus or stagger it up or have a shorter hiatus. One or the other – and they’ve been staggering this up a bit.

AX: I feel like the show has been slowly evolving and finding itself and figuring out different permutations for its rich mythology. Can you talk about how you feel the series has evolved?

GIUNTOLI: Totally being honest, I love it the more we get into the mythology. Though the case-by-case episodes can be really good and often are very good, it’s less interesting from my standpoint because I want my character to do stuff. I believe we have to keep our procedural thing, because we don’t want to alienate those fans, but I really love it when we talk about the mythology and get into that deep world of GRIMM.

Bitsie Tulloch and David Giuntoli in GRIMM - Season 1 - "Three Coins in a Fuchsbau" | ©2012 NBC/Scott Green

Bitsie Tulloch and David Giuntoli in GRIMM - Season 1 - "Three Coins in a Fuchsbau" | ©2012 NBC/Scott Green

AX: I also think it’s been great at how Nick’s world has been opening up to others that are also aware that he’s a Grimm.

GIUNTOLI: There are some characters on our show that are in the dark, but I’m excited to have Bree Turner as a regular [she plays Rosalee]. She’s the sweetest thing and we all get along well. I find that the characters who are in on the secret, that’s where the world can get very interesting. With Juliette [Bitsie Tulloch], Hank [Russell Hornsby]  and Sgt. Wu [Reggie Lee], it’s almost like, there are certain things that can’t be done with storylines just yet, because they don’t know. I’m certain as time goes on, more people can be made more privy to that world.

AX: In time you’ll have the entire Scooby gang in place …

GIUNTOLI: There was one scene where all of our heads poked in to a scene in the apartment of Claire Coffee [who plays the villainous Adalind on the series]. It was my head first and the others behind me, and the director said, “cut, that’s too Scooby gang.” The writers are smart, they know where to take it and I trust them.

AX: It doesn’t seem like you can delay too much longer with your girlfriend Juliette not knowing. Do you see that coming to a head?

GIUNTOLI: I do see that coming to a head sooner or later. Without getting into it in how that would go down and to what extent, just tune in.

AX: What have been your favorite episodes?

GIUNTOLI: This is the first time I’ve been on a series that has gone like this and I love watching this thing grow. The earlier episodes are such a different story than these later episodes. They’re all good, it’s a learning curve finding what the show is though “Three Coins in a Fuschbau” was a really great episode. I think it’s when the procedural gets completely woven in to the greater mythology when the show works best for me.

AX: Can you reveal something we don’t know about Grimms that we will soon learn?

GIUNTOLI: I can’t say. [laughs]

AX: We know there are others out there, right?

GIUNTOLI: I’m not the last Grimm. I’m almost as good as the last Grimm. For all intents and purposes, it’s like seeing a Sasquatch, not that Sasquatch’s don’t exist. Grimms are out there and endangered.

AX: The camaraderie between you and Silas Weir Mitchell [who plays Eddie] was on the money right from the beginning.

GIUNTOLI: We hit it off on and off screen. It’s hard not to look good in front of him. He’s a tremendous actor.

AX: You and Bitsie are in an independent film coming up – can you talk about that?

GIUNTOLI: It’s called CAROLINE AND JACKIE – it appeared in the Tribeca Film Festival. It’s an indie drama. It’s getting really great reviews. The New York Times said it was one of the eight movies to really watch there and we play love interests. And we shot this six months before GRIMM ever started casting. We were auditioning with each other on GRIMM and they knew we worked with each other.

AX: Any hints about where Season 2 might go?

GIUNTOLI: I’m going to buff up this summer. I’m going to become a lot more aggressive in my Grimm-stincts. And I’m going to be a lot better at going after these guys with my fighting skills.


Related Link: TV Review – GRIMM – Season 1 finale – “Woman in Black”

Related Link: Exclusive Interview with GRIMM co-creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf

Related Link: Exclusive Interview with GRIMM star Silas Weir Mitchell
Related Linnk: TV Review: GRIMM – Season 1 – “The Thing With Feathers”

Related Link: TV Review: GRIMM – Season 1 – “Island of Dreams”
Related Link: TV Review: GRIMM – Season 1 – “Three Coins in a Fuchsbau”
Related Link: TV Review: GRIMM – Season 1 – “Tarantella”
Related Link:TV Review: GRIMM – Season 1 – “Pilot”

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