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'Grimm' Season 3 Finale Review: 'Blond Ambition'

May 19th, 2014 10:20am EDT
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Grimm finales always build to the moment of crisis, which is not uncommon in season finales. TV shows want fans returning in the fall to find out what happened to their heroes left in peril. There are moments of crisis in “Blond Ambition.” There are life-and-death stakes like last year’s finale wherein Nick suffered zombie paralysis (was that it?) and attempted kidnapping. The effects of what happened to him—the dead eyes, clammy skin, and violent outbursts in bars; his role as murderer instead of detective tasked to find himself generated the early stories of the season. Here and there Nic...
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Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May Not Work

May 15th, 2014 2:40pm EDT
Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May No
Now that all the big networks have revealed what they’ll be showing us this fall, let’s take a look at what may or may not work.

SUNDAY:

ABC is essentially playing it safe, and keeping Sunday Night intact. American Crime will swap for Resurrection at midseason. Resurrection was a buzzy drama that started seeing a ratings decline. Not waiting till midseason is probably a smart move. You don’t want to lose any more audience. It’s not a winning strategy, but ABC just doesn’t want to be in last place.

NBC has football, another super safe move. CBS is shaking things up, banishing Amazing Race...
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'Grimm' Review: 'My Fair Wesen'

May 3rd, 2014 10:35am EDT
'Grimm' Review: 'My Fair Wesen'
Oh, what the lonely will do for family, to feel part of a family, in an otherwise lonely separate existence, bouncing from halfway home to halfway home or group home to group home. “My Fair Wesen” introduces viewers to a man and the girls he’s brought into his family. They’re a group of Wesen, moving from department store to department store and stealing expensive shoes, dresses, jewelry, and whatever else they pick up during a mad scramble created by a distraction in the store. The nameless caretaker, known simply as what his Wesen type is—the Lebensauger, brought in girls without a home, ...
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'Grimm' Review: 'Nobody Knows The Trubel I've Seen'

April 27th, 2014 6:13am EDT
'Grimm' Review: 'Nobody Knows The Trubel I've Seen'
No one knows the trouble T. Rubel has seen, Grimm’s newest character, who arrives in Portland when Viktor’s plotting an attack against the one current known grimm in Portland. No one knows the trouble Nick’s about to find himself in. Oh, that was lame.

Nick, Juliette, Monroe, Rosalee, and Sean, look like they’re walking on a pond of ice that may possibly break apart under their feet, which would send each to an unpleasant icy death, whenever Adalind stops by to scream and cry about her lost baby. Adalind’s among the least sympathetic characters in the series, but the baby storyline has don...
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'Grimm' Recap: 'The Law of Sacrifice'

April 11th, 2014 11:34pm EDT
'Grimm' Recap: 'The Law of Sacrifice'
David Greenwalt ran episodes: “Provider” and “Sleep Tight.” “The Law of Sacrifice” lacks the crippling sadness of “Sleep Tight,” but it hits a rather striking note near the end.

“The Law of Sacrifice” continues last week’s adventures with Nick meeting Renard and Adalind in the hotel room. Two Verrat men die before the trio leave the hotel for the refuge of Monroe’s home. The major conflict between Nick and his boss and his boss’ lady is the fate of the child. Viktor flies from Vienna to Portland in pursuit of the baby. An FBI agent is in the employ of the Verrat, allowing Viktor to access...
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Recap: 'Grimm' Season 3 Episode 15 'Once We Were Gods'

March 17th, 2014 6:12am EDT
Recap: 'Grimm' Season 3 Episode 15 'Once We Were Gods'
Grimm’s still an oddly structured show. Significant characters come and go, and disappear for long stretches, and then reappear with an ominous air. The Wesen Council seems like Grimm’s Watcher’s Council, headed by shadowy and untrustworthy Wesen, who come and go as the plot dictates. “Once We Were Gods” brings in the Wesen council for a rather macro story about Wesen (like the story when the writers info-dumped the Fuschbau coins). I haven’t figured out why I feel detachment during certain scenes or pieces of crucial characterization that serves as a way to show rather than tell, which is ...
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'Grimm' Season 3 Episode 14 Recap: 'Mommy Dearest'

March 10th, 2014 9:30am EDT
'Grimm' Season 3 Episode 14 Recap: 'Mommy Dearest'
A brilliant writer once remarked that a writer’s job is to put a character in a tree and throw rocks at him. The events of this episode are the tree for Sgt. Wu, and Hank and Nick throw the rocks once he’s high up from level ground, way up in the clouds where the air is thin and the mind plays tricks. “Mommy Dearest” concentrates on Grimm’s least used and least developed secondary character--Sgt. Wu. For two and a half seasons the character quipped in the grimmest circumstances. He quipped in lighter scenes. He quipped in any scene. It was great. Every secondary character deserves a spotlig...
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'Grimm's' Reggie Lee Gets The Spotlight In Tonight's Episode

March 7th, 2014 12:07pm EST
'Grimm's' Reggie Lee Gets The Spotlight In Tonight's Episode
Tonight's Grimm is a big installment for the wisecracking Sergeant Wu, played by the fantastic Reggie Lee. BFTV checked in with Reggie last week to get the dish on "Mommy Dearest," one big thing we'll learn about Wu tonight, and what it's like when you're front and center in a TV episode.

To hear him tell it, it was a real team effort. "I've got to give credit to these showrunners, and this writer in particular, Brenna Kouf. I think this might be her first script ever produced for TV, and she did just an amazing job," Reggie enthused. "It is really one of my favorite episodes ever in terms...
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'Grimm' Season 3 Episode 13 Review: 'Revelation'

March 2nd, 2014 7:40am EST
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The wild hunt pack from “The Wild Hunt” was named “Cuacha Mortay” (spelling botched!) and a harbinger of doom. Something, or someone, worse than the wild hunt pack will slouch its way towards Portland. David Greenwalt, Joss Whedon, and the other . The offspring of Angel and Darla was prophesized as a darkness, but baby Connor only became dark and dangerous after spending 18 years in a hell dimension. What he was born into made him into what people feared, but I assume that’s the tricky part of prophecies. I like when prophecies aren’t cut-and-dry—when Adalind’s baby is delivered, he’ll beco...
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'Grimm' Review: The Wild Hunt

January 27th, 2014 10:36am EST
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Urgency separates the episodes of Grimm that air before a long break and the ones that air during a run of new Grimm episodes. The final act tipped me off to the fact that Grimm won’t air a new episode for awhile. I thought it odd that Nick and Hank barely investigated the Wesen scalping men in uniform. I thought it especially odd how engaged I was in the Vienna material. Urgency may not be the correct word to use. Progression might be better. Grimm seems stuck in place for much longer than it moves forward in its various plots and character arcs. “The Wild Hunt” had progress—significant th...
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'Grimm' Review: 'The Good Soldier'

January 20th, 2014 10:12am EST
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I guess Grimm’s last two episodes weren’t a radical departure from the established structure of the series since “The Good Soldier” nestles back to the most familiar structure, which is straightforward procedural with a wesen element and barely notable scene involving Renard/Europe/Adalid. Juliette’s friend, Alicia, is gone and will, presumably, never be seen or heard from again. Hank’s leaving Zuri alone, which means she’s neither seen nor heard from again, or even discussed. This week, Grimm introduced a possibly psychopathic ex-soldier on a murderous path to kill those who wronged her wh...
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'Grimm' Review: 'Eyes Of The Beholder'

January 12th, 2014 2:00am EST
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Hank and Juliette received rare storylines in “Eyes of the Beholder,” which were connected through each character’s discovery of something new about someone they thought they knew. For Hank, it’s less about what he thinks of his physical therapist’s wesen-ness than about what she thinks of it herself; for Juliette, it’s also more about her friend accepting who she is than Juliette accepting her friend is more than who she thought. “Eyes of the Beholder” has a rare approach because wesens are never written from the side of the wesen. The story introduces a new wesen and then Nick and Hank mu...
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'Grimm' Review: Red Menace

January 5th, 2014 7:38am EST
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Grimm started the New Year in style with that nifty opening scene. A rock song about Red Riding Hood played as a woman dressed in a red hoodie ran through a Portland forest, followed by a man wearing a dark hoodie. The camera followed the two from a distance, creating the sense that something horrible would happen to the woman that Nick and Hank would investigate. The man running behind the woman is the hero, Nick, and he passes by with a polite, “Good morning.” The scene’s cool because it subverts the viewers’ expectations and it also serves as a reminder of what’s changed in Portland with...
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Grimm Two-Episode Mid-Season Finale Review: 'Cold Blooded; Twelve Days Of Krampus'

December 15th, 2013 9:18am EST
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Grimm’s two-episode two-hour mid-season finale had little connected. “Cold-Blooded” told a specific story that delved into the mythology of the Grimms, and “Twelve Days of Krampus” put a twist on seasonal Santa stories. Renard’s business in Austria connected the two episodes. The credits billed the two hours as part one and part two. I do not know why NBC executives resist honesty about lumping two episodes together for the sake of reaching the hiatus. The JFK 50thanniversary special bumped an episode. The lone way for NBC to meet its schedule demand was to lump two very different episodes ...
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David Giuntoli Talks 'Grimm' Mid-Season Finale

December 11th, 2013 3:30pm EST
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'Grimm's third season is killing it. In addition to building on the Grimm mythology where Nick gains enhanced capabilities, this season fosters a familial feeling by creating an eclectic Scooby gang of Wesen (fairytale creatures), humans, cops and non-cops. In our conference call, star David Giuntoli talked about the upcoming mid-season finale this Friday and dropped hints about the season's second half.

NBC’s ‘Grimm’ surrounds Portland cop Nick who discovers he’s descended from a line of supernatural hunters and the book of Grimm's Fairytales actually describes the creatures his family hu...
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'Grimm' Review: 'Stories We Tell Our Young'

December 9th, 2013 1:13pm EST
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This episode of Grimm took a few turns without losing any of the intrigue. It begins as a typical exorcism story before taking a turn into what it’s like for a child to Volga for the first time without knowing it. Meanwhile, Renard headed to Vienna for what I thought would be a mostly off-screen adventure with five second check-ins to see where and what Renard is doing. The possibly possessed child looked different from his parents, which piqued the interest of Nick and Hank, who wanted to know more about what happens to the child of different Wesens. Adalind’s pregnant with the child of Re...
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Grimm Review: 'El Cucuy'

November 30th, 2013 11:45am EST
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I wonder will Grimm make a tradition out of bringing Mexican and/or Spanish legends to modern audiences. Last season’s “La Llorona” was promoted in the same way as last night’s “El Cucuy.” Special attention was given to the episode’s source material. “La Llorona” was promoted more for its scary tale than the world in which the scary tale is happening, which is the world of Nick and his friends, with weird murders and different creatures behind those murders. I felt unsure about what kind of episode “El Cucuy” would be. Would it shelve the over-arcing parts of the story for a week to focus e...
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'Grimm' Review: 'One Night Stand'

November 16th, 2013 10:39am EST
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NBC originally advertised Grimm as a series that modernized and/or reinvented Grimm fairy tales. NBC doesn’t advertise Grimm as modernized Grimm fairy tales. The series moved away from strictly reinventing fairy tales. Grimm used that conceit to launch but it’s basically a semi-serialized genre show now, more like ANGEL than Once Upon a Time. “One Night Stand” was advertised like this: various scenes from the episode with the anonymous narrator promising a ‘mystical creature comes to town.’ I think anyone watching Grimm expects a mystical creature every week. The main character is a Grimm w...
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'Grimm' Review: 'A Dish Best Served Cold'

November 10th, 2013 7:55am EST
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The rivalry between Blutbads and Bauerschweins was the focus of a past episode, “The Three Bad Wolves,” from season 1. The most notable part of “The Three Bad Wolves” was the different side of Monroe the writers showed. Since the series premiere, Monroe was the lovable, wise-cracking and quipful side-kick to Nick. “A Dish Best Served Cold” returns to the rivalry of Blutbads and Bauerschweins, and returns to Monroe’s darker side, the loose cannon side.

Monroe’s different two seasons later. Personal growth and friendship helped Monroe escape the demons he returned to in “The Three Bad Wolv...
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'Grimm' S3: E3 Recap - A Dish Best Served Cold

November 9th, 2013 10:00am EST
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At the behest of Juliet, Nick sees a doctor to make sure that his strange near-death experience wasn't anything severe. Nick quickly finds out that his body is behaving anything but normal. No matter how far the doctor pushed him during his endurance test, Nick's body hardly reacted. It was as if Nick had become super human. Nick and Juliet sit down and talk about his condition, which doesn't sound all too bad. Nick says he feels more aware and more in control. Though Juliet is still worried, she persuades Nick to just remain calm.

Monroe and Rosalee are out for another adorably awkward di...
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Grimm S3: E2 Recap - PTZD

November 2nd, 2013 10:30am EDT
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The second episode of this season's Grimm gets off to a running start, continuing with Nick charging the front door of the unlucky family he ran across at the end of the last episode. The family manages to get inside and lock the door in time, but only just. Zombie-Nick punches through, as the father shepherds the women and children into a closet upstairs, as he struggles to find his gun.

Hank and Monroe bust in just in time to stop any real bloodshed, even though the father was badly battered. After suffering two pretty good beatings, the duo manage to lure Nick away from the family, outs...
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Grimm "PTZD" Review

November 1st, 2013 11:50pm EDT
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Not a lot happened in the season three premiere of Grimm last week, which is why I chose not to write about it. I went to see the new Steve McQueen movie instead. I planned on writing a review for the premiere over the weekend and posting it, but the premiere offered so little to write about. I decided to wait a week so I could write about the two-part in its entirety. The best parts of the opening two episodes involve every major character except for Nick, who’s long been the most consistent character on the show. Monroe, Rosalee, Juliette and Renard work together to help Nick. The widespr...
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Grimm S3: Premiere Recap - The Ungrateful Dead

October 26th, 2013 9:22am EDT
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The third season of Grimm is here, and wastes no time jumping right back into the action where the last season left off. Nick gives chase to the Cracher-Mortel, the Wesen hired by Captain Renard's royal half-brother, Eric. The Cracher, called Baron Samedi, has been using his venomous spit to turn the good people of Portland into mindless thralls. Samedi gives Nick a pretty decent run for his money, manages to lure him into a shipping container, and spit up a load of zombie-flem into his eyes. Nick falls into a catatonic state, just in time for Eric to meet Samedi and gloat over his zombifie...
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2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On NBC

September 5th, 2013 3:15pm EDT
Chicago Fire
I documented NBC's woes last week. Other bloggers and critics have documented NBC's woes. The network's like a kid that's get picked on, and then the sweetest mother in the world tries to help that child fit in and feel included. There isn't the sweetest mother blogger. Anyone writing about NBC anywhere is piling on. I'm sort of excited for the day The CW beats NBC. It'll probably never happen.

CHICAGO FIRE returns on Tuesday, September 24 at 10PM

Treat Williams WILL return for season two. There's baby drama for Lauren German's character. Lauren German and Treat Williams are enough for me...
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'Revenge' Season 2 Finale Review: 'Truth'

May 13th, 2013 8:37am EDT
'Revenge' Season 2 Finale
Grimm recently completed a near year long arc in which one character couldn't remember another character. Revenge just completed two seasons in which a character who should've known everything from the beginning didn't. Instead, Jack Porter's gone from horrible plot to horrible plot while Emily goes about her revengin' despite the havoc she's unintentionally causing. Tonight's two hour season finale had Jack reach his breaking point, and Emily desperately trying anything to prevent him from ruining his life. Jack learns Emily's actual identity in the final scene of the episode just as he's ...
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'Grimm' Star Reggie Lee Plays The Hero

April 5th, 2013 1:10pm EDT
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Grimm star Reggie Lee turned down Harvard to become an actor, and his decision has paid off: he's booked roles in The Fast and the Furious, Prison Break, two Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and now NBC's fantasy-procedural series, where he plays Sergeant Wu. BFTV recently caught up with Reggie to talk about what brought him to Grimm and how playing Wu has given him a chance to do something a little different.

"When you're a kid, you think 'Oh, it's so great. I'm going to go to Hollywood. I'm going to go to Broadway.' For a long time it was such a novelty," Reggie said of his career choice...
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'Grimm' Recap: 'Natural Born Wesen' Review

March 16th, 2013 9:42am EDT
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Grimm is sort of unique in its approach in each episode. Some episodes start immediately and never stop while others take two or three acts to get going. "Natural Born Wesen" falls into the latter category. The episode hinges on audience getting the urgency of Monroe's during the bank robberies. Three bank robbers are breaking an ancient code of Volga-ing out for the bank robberies. The public Volga-ing is a threat to the peaceful Wesen living in Portland. Monroe tells Nick about the pact made 400 years ago to prevent mass hysteria and chaos should Wesen Volga in public. The problem is that...
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'Grimm' Review: 'Face Off'

March 9th, 2013 8:10am EST
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NBC premiered Grimm's second season in August, right after the summer Olympics concluded. NBC launched new series early, along with Grimm, in hopes of sustaining the ratings of the Olympics. The initial returns of their idea were worth the early premieres. Go On didn't have miserable ratings immediately. The sitcom about a veterinary hospital got episodes aired in 2012. Grimm continued to perform decently for the network. 'Decently' for NBC is like having a massive hit since every scripted show seems to fail. Revolution was one of NBC's most viewed dramas in a few years. Naturally, NBC shel...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Grimm' (Season One)

August 10th, 2012 8:04am EDT
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Monster hunter who’s also a detective – what a happy coincidence! We’re checking out the new Blu-ray of "Grimm: Season One" out now from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Review tales of detecting and demons below!

Title: "Grimm" (Season One)

Grade: 3

Cast: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell

Director: Various

Rating: Not Rated

Release Company: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Website: www.nbc.com/grimm

The Show: On the heels of such highbrow TV fare as "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," "Grimm" is a mixed demon bag. On the bad side is ...
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'Grimm' Star Bree Turner Expecting Baby Number Two

July 17th, 2012 9:33am EDT
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"Grimm" star Bree Turner confirmed her pregnancy at Comic-Con on Saturday. The expectant actress wore a tight-fitting dress and cradled her baby bump while posing for photographs at the San Diego fan convention.

Turner praised her "Grimm" bosses for accommodating her pregnancy while shooting the fantasy series. She told NBC San Diego, "It has been hysterical. But thankfully the crew has been very flexible with my current situation."

Turner and her surgeon husband Justin Saliman, who married in 2008, have a 2-year-old daughter named Stella Jean.

Turner has also appeared in the films "The ...
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