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‘Grimm’ Reveals Make Series Even More Exciting Says Russell Hornsby

 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.

‘A Life in the Balance’ on ‘Grimm’ Season Finale, says Russell Hornsby

The May parade of season finales continues.  “Grimm’s” is coming up tomorrow (5/18).  “Someone’s life is going to be in the balance,” teases Russell Hornsby, whose homicide detective character, Hank, does not, as yet, know that his partner, Nick (David Giuntoli) is a special being who can see and fight supernatural creatures.

“We’re looking at quite a few cliffhangers.  So far, Nick has kept his personal and professional relationships at bay, but now, there are questions as to how much he is going to tell Juliet, and what will happen to their relationship,” says Hornsby, speaking of Nick’s girlfriend, played by Bitsie Tulloch.  “Is Nick going to tell Hank the truth?  Will their partnership last?  Will Hank be around?  Will he stay on the force?”

We’re betting he does, given Hornsby’s glow as he anticipates going back to work on the show for Season 2 at month’s end.  Hornsby and his wife just returned from a hiatus trip to Vietnam in time for him to be present in NYC at this week’s upfront presentation for advertisers.  He’s ready.

“I was really happy with the fact we got picked up, then got the go-ahead for the back nine, then the second season, the fact that we have a cult following — all the success the show has had up to this point, really.  Every actor hopes to get one of these kinds of shows,” he says.  “People are really intrigued by the characters and the storylines.  There are likeable characters you don’t often get to see in a procedural drama — quirky characters that make witty comments, some off color remarks, have some fun.”