'Buffy' writers sell Grimm's Fairy Tales pilot to NBC

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NBC has picked up another pilot mixing fantasy with a crime drama: The network has greenlit Grimm, described as a “dark but fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist.” (Gotta love mining expired copyrights in the public domain!).

The project is from Jim Kouf (Angel) and David Greenwalt (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), with executive producers Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner.

The order comes on top of Battlestar guru Ron Moore’s 17th Precinct, also at NBC, about cops working a town where people have magical powers.

(Is it just me, or is that illustration the most molest-y depiction ever of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?).


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  • magreeda

    Someone’s been reading the Fables comic series…?

    • Rebecca

      My thoughts too – this could even be directly BASED on Fables, seeing as how one of the networks (I forget which) owns the TV rights to it?

    • Antonio of Gilead


      • rose

        Makes me miss Dresden Files

    • Josh

      That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking. Basically the first arc was about a “cop(Wolf) in the world of Fables, solving a crime with Snow White” Can’t they just develop this into a tv show instead of something which is ripping it off 100%?

      • CaptainDeliciousCocoapapayaberrynanastrawmelongerinesFlavouredDeath

        It may not be. There are only so many ideas out there. I’m sure more than one person has come up with the same idea.

      • Stash

        Eh, everyone said the same thing about Heroes and Watchmen. It happens.

        Maybe this show will manage a couple of great seasons and then die a slow, painful, carnie death too?

      • LieutenantIckysweaterfuzzysandandalmondrochalittertastingzinclozenges

        @CaptainDeliciousCocoapapayaberrynanastrawmelongerinesFlavouredDeath (commenting is worth getting to write that), You are so right. At first my heart sank because I am writing something ~ along those lines. But, it’s true, this has been done before and will continue to be done, with any luck in a new interesting way. I’m sure it won’t be anything like Fables or my own story arc. The Whedonverse people have a way of making everything their own.

    • Chaz Winterbottom

      Yep, big time.

  • RP

    Sounds really cool but execution is a whole other story.

  • Ms. M

    There actually was talk of a Fables series (I think on ABC) a couple of years back. It is too bad that it didn’t go anywhere. I am not sure why NBC would want to go with a rip-off series – probably to save licensing fees since they’re so broke.

  • Emma

    Yay those guys, but whatever happened to the Fables TV show?

  • Dave

    Is it just me, or will none of these shows even come close to being as brilliant and fantastic as Pushing Daisies? Sigh…

    • Mole

      Either they won’t or people like you will scoff at it, not watch it, and discover it on DVD two months after it’s cancelled saying it’s the best show on TV and people were idiots for not watching it.

      • CaptainDeliciousCocoapapayaberrynanastrawmelongerinesFlavouredDeath


  • Anne

    I’m with Dave. These new shows are all going in a dramatic direction, which is fine sometimes, but how about a little variation. Can we get something whimsical on TV? Or maybe just bring back Pushing Daisies?

  • JB

    I hope Jasper Fforde is getting royalties from this. “Nursery Crime Mysteries,” anyone?

    • Laura

      JB!! Love the Nursery Crime Mystery series! Also, did you know that there is another Thursday Next coming out in February!?

  • TB

    Sounds like Torchwood, but still a cool idea for US network TV.

  • Mario

    I adore Buffy, dearly miss Pushing Daisies, and am less than convinced this Grimm will be great. But we do need something else to watch other than the dozen cop shows on the air.

    • Stash

      …it is a cop show. just sayin’.

      • Mario

        Well I hope this one will be different.If not, I definitely won’t stay tuned.

  • A

    I’d love to see some shows about magic, but I’m finding it increasingly frustrating that every time one is announced, it is also a cop procedural. Honestly, don’t we have enough crime dramas and cop shows on TV? Please, please, think of something else!

    • Aly

      Seriously. If we go extinct and aliens happen upon our old TV shows to study our culture, they’ll be like “No wonder they all died, everybody was either a criminal, cop or doctor.”

      • Zoe

        Don’t forget lawyer.

      • rehabber

        Or a “Reality” show slut.

      • Kat

        Ha! Best comment yet!

    • Mocha

      Seriously! I just don’t understand the networks’ infatuation with procedurals–it’s like they don’t think any other profession is dramatic enough. (Although in their defense, a gritty hairdressing drama set in a world where Grimm’s Fairy Tales are true just wouldn’t have the same ring.)

    • Kevin

      Actually “A”, if you`re looking for magic shows they`re coming out with a new witch show on CW called “The Circle” (sounds like a cross between “The Craft” and “Charmed”). The girl from “Life Unexpected”
      is in it, that`s if you like that kind of stuff…….not me though, too much magic is already on tv and the movies. If that`s not enough for you, then there`s plenty of Harry Potter DVDs you can get at the store.

  • Jack

    Just because it is a similar concept does not make it a rip off.

  • Mole

    I’m becoming annoyed how the comments are so pessimistic on every pilot pickup. People: EVERY pilot sounds like contrived crap based on its one sentence pitch. And it’s funny how everyone is invoking the holy name of Pushing Daisies as they scoff at this “Fairy Tale Procedural”, since that was, like, kinda, EXACTLY WHAT DAISIES WAS.

    We’re all smart enough to know that shows like this live and die based on writing. And since the pedigree is good, we should give it a chance.

    • Kevin

      I agree with Mole, why is everyone being so negative about a show when you haven`t even SEEN IT YET???? Just watch it and see first before you make your judgement calls. Have you guys ever thought that it could have a new twist on an idea…..like, maybe have some episodes consisting of people from various OTHER job positions too? Let`s see……doctors, firemen, actors, musicians, chemists and teachers to name some….hmmm? This could be the case, but how could anyone know? Watch it first (you might have to watch a couple of shows first though to get the full scenerio) and see. It could end up being BETTER than anything you`ve seen before.

  • Steph

    Wait, so NBC is piloting 2 separate fantasy crime shows? At first when I read this I thought maybe I missed the whole buffy/angel connection and only saw the BSG link… now I see it’s a different show. Weird.

    I will definitely give both a chance but I think it’s survival of the fittest and both shows won’t survive.

  • serenada

    You can credit Greenwalt with Angel too, you know. He was a co-creator.

  • Cass

    I’m super excited! I bet it will be good =)

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