Recently, the network announced it had found the man who would be leading Grimm’s charge into the world of real-life fairy tales. David Giuntoli, an actor whose major credits include MTV’s The Real World (obvious jokes please form a queue in the response section) and small roles on shows like Nip/Tuck and Grey’s Anatomy, has landed the role of detective Nick Burckhardt – an investigator of crimes in a fantastical world filled with real-life versions of familiar fairytale characters.
While the show is more than a little reminiscent of Bill Willingham’s Fables, it hasn’t gone so far as to cast a Bigby Wolf or Jack Horner, but rather a regular human who will learn to see fantasy aspects of the world (along with the viewer) – or so a tidbit about the program would suggest.
According to a recent statement, Giuntoli’s detective character begins to see humans as “beast/animals,” and discovers he has a legacy – to protect “humans” from these beasts. While that’s more than a little vague and a bit confounding, there’s no denying it could be interesting – if portrayed in a compelling way. If nothing else, at least we know the program will likely utilize a popular fairytale character or story as a central point for each week’s episode – provided the pilot receives the green-light to series.
The article is much longer and speculates about all of these high-concept shows coming up. I share the same questions. The networks are rather notorious for not letting these type of shows to find their audiences. (So says the person whose husband just finished watching Firefly again. I would have, too, but I'm on limited television due to projects.)
And while we're here I never shared this one, ABC’s Fables TV Show Is “Probably Dead” Says Creator by Graeme McMillan:
According to Bill Willingham: Through rumors of rumors of mistellings of legends, I understand that the new DC regime was very much interested in getting Fables going [as a television series]. The TV show that was prematurely announced is probably dead — don’t hold me to that, because I don’t know. Hopefully, I’ll know before it airs, but I’m kind of out of the loop.