Not to be outdone by the runaway ratings success of ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” NBC is giving its own fairytale-inspired new drama “Grimm” a full season order. The series is averaging nearly 7 million viewers, which definitely makes it one of the Peacock’s best rated show, among both new and veteran programs. For instance, long-in-the-tooth “The Office” only averages around 5-6 million viewers, according to Nielsen. This is especially astonishing considering it currently airs on Friday nights, a death sentence for most shows that don’t air on the CW or SyFy.
Speaking of SyFy, they’re running a marathon of the first four episodes of “Grimm” as I write this, and while I appreciate that it really wants to fill the “Reaper”-sized hole in my heart, I can’t say it’s quite grabbing my attention enough to make an effort to watch consistently. Which is probably what NBC is hoping for, as it will move “Grimm” to Thursdays on December 8 (before the mid-season schedule takes over, but time enough to fill “Prime Suspects” own equally vacant spot). But even if “Grimm” were good enough to follow — to a new night, or at all — putting it on in competition with “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” is always a losing proposition in my book. The Paddy’s gang is far more monstrous and more entertaining than poorly rendered werewolves and comatose aunts could ever hope to be.
Also, Bitsie Tulloch seems to be wasted in what amounts to barely a cameo each episode. And it definitely doesn’t help that every single time lead actor David Giuntoli is onscreen, I can’t help but think the producers should have just hired Brandon Routh. In fact, trade Routh from Dylan Dog for Giuntoli in this, and “Grimm” might be a helluvalotta fun. A shame I probably won’t bother to find out if it gets there on its own accord.
Finally, no. Still no word on the ultimate fate of “Community,” though creator Dan Harmon has Tweeted that the show is merely “misplaced” and not “gone.” It’s the little things?
Rob Payne writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force and tweets on the Twitter himself @RobOfWar. He honestly only mentioned “Community” here because he never pulled a quote from Twitter before, and he really wanted to pull a quote from Twitter. (Don’t forget to fight cancer here and fight poverty here!)