“Grimm,” the other fairy tale show that’s growing fans by the legion, made its way down from Portland, Ore., to San Diego for its full-cast Comic-Con International panel on Saturday and brought along the immortal Dracula just to top it off.
Producers David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf, Norberto Barba and Todd Milliner and cast members Claire Coffee, Reggie Lee, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz, Russell Horsnby, Bree Turner, Silas Weir Mitchell and David Giuntoli seemed a little overwhelmed by the attention they got in San Diego — dozens of fans had to be turned away from the panel — but grateful for it.
Giuntoli got the discussion rolling, hinting that his “Grimm” character Nick Burkhardt will become angrier (which at least means Nick will survive last season’s cliffhanger). “Yeah. It’s very nice to get angry. And there’s going to be a lot of fighting in this first episode.”
Each actor provided a character update, though moderator Lester Holt of “Dateline NBC” got to the heart of a recent matter plaguing “Grimm” fans: Will Capt. Renard (Sasha Roiz) be taking off his shirt again this season? “It could happen,” said Roiz, to the delight of many in the crowd.
Reggie Lee also had a clothing issue on the show. Lee, who plays Sgt. Woo, says that he has two missions for this season: “I am campaigning for a first name and a second costume!” The crowd applauded in support of Lee, whose character usually wears a police uniform, and it was later discussed that maybe he could be shirtless in a few episodes to help with the “second costume” option.
When asked who on the cast could actually be a Wesen (pronounced “vesen”), most looked toward Silas Weir Mitchell. The man who had just expounded on both the rainfall totals in Portland and the process of cold brewing coffee also provided one of the most poignant moments of the panel when a young girl asked for advice on acting.
Mitchell, who is himself a student of acting and many other pursuits, told her to act for the sake of acting and that the fame, money and sometimes even the roles are not as important as just getting out there and practicing the craft. The girl and the crowd roared in approval.
Other questions centered on Roiz’s character’s marital status (“It’s a royal ring, not a marriage band”), and everyone’s favorite Wesen to battle, befriend or just see. The cast probably has been asked that question hundreds of times, and though they didn’t have a ready answer, producer David Greenwalt got technical.
“I like the glowing blue one and the fly. And Volcanis, though he wasn’t really Wesen — he was a whole ‘nother something.”
Continuing the Wesen theme, a young fan went up to the mic and asked if the producers could make a unicorn Wesen. The panel seemed to like the idea, and Mitchell asked the child what he should call it. The response? A very loud “I don’t know.”
Ending the panel session, producers released a couple of season 3 tidbits:
There will be new Wesen. “Gators in the sewer, sexy scary mermaids, but no Sharknado,” said Greenwalt.
There’s a new character coming that will have “their own Grimm situation.” This came in response to a question about the possibility of there being other Grimms in the world.
As the panel ended, Holt played a message from an in-character Jonathan Rhys Myers to introduce an extended clip/trailer for NBC’s new show “Dracula,” which will air on Friday nights with “Grimm” and “Dateline.”
— Jevon Phillips
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