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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.”

Outside With ‘Grimm’s’ Favorite Wolfman, Silas Weir Mitchell

The “Grimm” troupe is three episodes away from finishing production of its first season, with the cast and crew of that NBC supernatural crime drama in good spirits as they near the finish line.

“I don’t know that we’re a huge hit, but certainly a hit enough.  It exceeds most expectations,” notes Silas Weir Mitchell, who plays the series’ good wolfman, Monroe.  “Being on Friday is a nice element, because I think the expectations, viewership-wise, are less on a Friday.  We’re doing really well with Live+7, which is anybody who watches it on DVR or on demand within seven days of the original airdate.  As far as that metric goes, we’re doing very well.”

Mitchell is known for having played a string of disturbed and/or disturbing characters on “Prison Break” (as “Haywire” Patoshik), “Burn Notice” (as unstable arms dealer Seymour) and other shows.  He laughs when asked whether he yearns to play a regular sort, say a suburban dad or office worker.

“I don’t know about playing ‘regular,’ per se, but I think it would be fun to play someone whose rhythms are slower and kind of more delicate, than Monroe, whose brain fires at a certain speed,” he says.  “I love the bouncy, firecracker mind, but I think it would be fun to play someone deliberate, just as a change of pace.”

The actor is grateful that he hasn’t had to endure as many hours in the makeup chair as some might expect for the transformation into his creature alter ego.  He tells us that the team shot sequences of Monroe, the Blutbad, doing various movements all at once, and has interspersed them through the season, as needed.  “The guy who has really had to take it on the chin in terms of schedule is David Giuntoli,” he says of the series’ lead.  “Especially at the beginning, it was really all about him and stuff he was doing.  Now, as the story has entrenched itself and grown roots, there are more people involved in the story and it’s a little easier on him.”

Fall TV Trends Emerge at TCA Press Tour

As the annual summer TV Critics Association press tour rolls on this week, some interesting themes are emerging.  For instance, both NBC and ABC have dramas coming up involving dark fairy tales — ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” and NBC’s “Grimm.” 

The latter boasts producers including David Greenwalt (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Sean Hayes (as in Jack from “Will & Grace,” who also produces “Hot in Cleveland”).  It’s a crime procedural crossed with grim takes on some of those scary folklore tales penned by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm back in the early 1800s.  How about a big bad wolf who looks human, and does human things like Pilates classes, who is fattening up a child he abducted in order to eat her up?  Go ahead and take a moment to digest that one.

 Anyway, what accounts for this wave of disturbing fantasy on the small screen?  Greenwalt told press, maybe it’s that people are attracted to “dark themes in a dark time.”

Well, maybe.  They’re attracted to other times as well, evidently, as several series this year are either set in bygone days, or they’re revamps of shows from bygone days:  NBC’s “Playboy Club,” ABC’s “Pan Am” and “Charlie’s Angels” and NBC’s “Prime Suspect” to name four.    

Maria Bello NBC photo Patrick Harbron

The new “Prime Suspect,” as you may have heard, has the prodigiously  talented Maria Bello as Jane Timoney, picking up the hard-charging ways of police detective Jane Tennison, formerly played on British telly by the great Helen Mirren.  Things have changed a lot since Mirren began playing the role in 1991.  So today’s Jane — in New York City — will still deal with sexism, but it will be different.  “Sexism isn’t gone.  It’s more subtle and insidious in the modern world,” noted creator-exec producer Alexandra Cunningham.  She also noted that, visiting New York detective squads, she found many are male-only.  Jane will still smoke and drink, too.  But rather than the extreme chain smoking of Mirren’s incarnation, Bello’s will be constantly trying to quit.  (Bello, a smoker herself, said she can empathize.)  As for the drinking, Cunningham pointed out that it’s no longer ground-breaking to show a woman alcoholic on TV like it was 20 years ago when Mirren did it.  So this Jane will drink, but it won’t become the storyline-driving issue it became in the old “Prime Suspect.”