As fans of NBC’s popular “Grimm” know, last season wound up with Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) spilling the truth about his creature-fighting proclivities to girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) — and his police detective partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby), finally getting a look at Nick’s supernatural world.
To reveal so much was certainly a risk, but to hear Hornsby tell it, letting the werewolf out of the bag has been nothing but positive for the show that returns Monday night (8/13).
“There’s greater stakes and it’s heightened the tension,” he insists. “Everybody is holding even more and greater secrets. Everything this season is bigger, better and a little more exciting for all the characters, especially for Hank. I think he starts off questioning his sanity, to say the least, which I’m sure would happen to anyone who thinks they’ve seen a ghost. So to see a creature would be that much more unsettling.” According to him, Hank will be “hands on” in the fight against evil this season.
As an actor, he says, “I’m having a fabulous time — being able to imagine more, to imagine harder. It’s giving me more things to play, more obstacles, more intentions — just those wonderful things that actors love to do.”
The classically-trained Hornsby (Boston University, Oxford’s British Academy of Dramatic Arts) won the admiration of critics and the industry with his fine turns in “Lincoln Heights” and “In Treatment.” But he finds himself in a whole new realm of fandom as part of the cult hit that’s inspired Comic Con-goers to dress like “Grimm” creatures.
“To see all the enthusiasm fans have for their respective shows — that’s fantastic! Keep it coming. But as it may be directed toward us, the actors, that’s where it can be a bit crazy. I appreciate it because it does mean the show is doing well, and I’m doing well and it’s increased my profile, my awareness with audiences, but to be honest, it’s a little
unsettling,” Hornsby admits. “It’s like, you know, be careful what you wish for. Obviously you have to focus more on what you’re doing it, why you’re doing it — and just remain humble in all you do. You don’t want to get too beside yourself or mistake your presence for the event. It’s about the show, it’s about the work on the show — and not necessarily about me. You have to keep everything in perspective.”
FAMILY AFFAIR: Katy Mixon, who plays the wacky sister on “Mike & Molly,” doesn’t loaf during the show’s hiatus. She returns to her home town, Pensacola, Florida, for some southern grits and to perform with her family. That’s the word we get from Pensacola talk show personality Taris Savell. She tells us, “They’re like the Von Trapps…father and brother are both physicians who play guitar and piano, four sisters sing and dance, and mother does, too. They packed the house for two shows that left the audience gasping for breath because of the endless energy that was contagious. The musical Mixons could go on the road!”
Katy winged back to California shortly after the show.
IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID: Makers of the forthcoming independent film “10 Habits of Highly Effective People” are touting the black comedy as “a lighter-hearted ‘American Psycho,’” with elements of “The Office.” That’s a lot to live up to, but Seattle-born director Nathan Marshall is on a roll, making creative hay with these tough economic times. He’s coming off his back-to-back comedies “Funemployment” and “Underwater.” “10 Habits” has to do with the murders, one-by-one, of the executive staff of a dying company. So, you see, things could be worse.
TIGHT SPOT: Casting notices for “The Site,” a Fox International feature, make it clear those who wish to take part in the Morocco shoot better be fully aware of what they’re in for. The storyline has a group of archaeologists, confronted with orders to evacuate a dig due to escalating violence in the Middle Eastern country where they’re at work — who decide instead to go deeper into the ancient site. Naturally, unexpected things ensue. “This will be a very physical shoot, in tight enclosed places,” warn producers. Actors involved must have “extensive athletic abilities and no claustrophobia issues.” No, thank-you.