‘Grimm’ returning, with answers

The producers of TV’s Grimm say viewers will finally get some answers when Season 2 kicks off tonight.

TORONTO — The producers of TV’s Grimm say viewers will finally get some answers when Season 2 kicks off tonight.

The fantastical show focuses on Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), a Portland detective descended from a group of criminal profilers known as Grimms, who battle various supernatural forces.

At the conclusion of Season One, Nick’s life had become, well, complicated.

He’d had an encounter with his mother (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), even though he thought she was dead; his partner Hank (Russell Hornsby) was in rough emotional shape; and his fiancee, Juliet (Bitsie Tulloch), was in a potential life-and-death situation.

“Is Juliet dying? Well you’ve got to stay tuned to find that out,” co-producer David Greenwalt teased in a recent conference call with reporters.

Greenwalt said the return of Nick’s mother will all be explained in the first episode.

“She’s been on a long quest and they have lots of issues to work out. One with the other. And boy does he have a lot of questions he wants answered,” he said.

“We’re not going to continue to tease people. But, in the first episode and in the second episode too, a lot of these questions will be very clearly answered.”

The show is a hybrid of many different elements, said Greenwalt, who formerly produced cult fave Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

“It’s a part procedural, part genre show,” he explained. “So if you just like a kind of a Law & Order-solve-a-crime, you can watch this show. If you like mythology and critters you can really watch this show.”

While Nick has already been through his share of trials, Greenwalt says he’ll face something he’s never dealt with before in the upcoming season.

“It will be bigger, and badder, and more dangerous, and more vicious,” he hinted.

He says the character will come into his own more as the series progresses, and that learning about his past from his mother will help with that.

Greenwalt says Burkhardt will come “to grips with a lot of the emotional things that have happened to him.”

“We’ll also reveal some more of the deeper history with the Grimms and tie it to some more real events in the past,” adds co-producer Jim Kouf.

Balancing the show’s multi-faceted nature can be difficult at times, Greenwalt and Kouf admit.

Grimm airs on NBC and CTV.

The hardest part, they say, is fitting plot developments into short periods of time.

“We always are thinking we are making movies every week,” Kouf said.

“And we find that on a TV schedule, that’s really difficult. So we’re always pushing the limits of what our current crew can actually accomplish in eight days. Because we write big action-based stories.”

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