It’s been almost 5 years since Grimm started on NBC. On Friday, March 11th 2016, Grimm will air its landmark 100th episode titled “Into the Schwarzwald” and executive producers an co-creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about how Grimm’s journey into the 100th episode. Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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On Friday night, the fantasy cop drama airs its landmark 100th episode, but before fans go “Into the Schwarzwald,” co-creators Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt spoke to The Hollywood Reporter all about Nick’s wild ride thus far.
Go West, Young Grimm
The producers were always intent on setting and shooting the series in Portland. “The stories are all German-based — Grimm Brothers, Black Forest — and we wanted to have the same feeling as the Black Forest in all the stories,” Kouf tells THR. There are very few places in the United States that actually provide that and a crew. Portland was at the top of the list. So we wrote it for Portland hoping that NBC would agree to it, and they did immediately.”
The added benefit, of course, is the city’s fierce championing of all things weird, from its vibrant art scene to its unique residents. Grimm’s Wesen blended right in.
A Grimm Is Born
The producers saw upwards of 50 or 60 actors before settling on Giuntoli, who first got his big break on MTV’s Road Rules: South Pacific and Real World/Road Rules Challenge before appearing in a string of guest roles, including a gig on Hot in Cleveland, where he met soon-to-be Grimm producer Todd Milliner.
“Todd Milliner had actually suggested David,” Greenwalt says. “The hardest person to find, when you’re casting a television series, is somebody in their late 20s who has enormous appeal because a lot of the times those people are movie stars by then. There was something about him that was young and naive, which was really good [to have], to be thrust into that Grimm world and yet he also had this incredible sense of decency underneath all of that.”