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NBC’s promos for “Grimm” tout that it comes from the folks behind “Buffy” and “Angel,” but they’re talking about writer-producers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, and not the guy who directed Robert Downey Jr. in the “Avengers” movie.

“Grimm” is nowhere near as good or as much fun as “Buffy” or “Angel.”

The new series stars handsome Dave Giuntoli, who was introduced to America via the 2003 edition of MTV’s “Road Rules” alongside more memorable cast members Abram Boise and Cara Zavaleta.

“Grimm” is a procedural about an Oregon homicide cop who learns from his dying aunt he comes from a long, long line of monster slayers. As the pilot begins, be begins to inherit the ability to recognize all manner of ghoulies posing as humans, as if someone just gave him a pair of Rowdy Roddy “They Live” glasses. In Buffy tradition, a new slayer is chosen to inherit the slayer superpowers when the incumbent slayer dies.

I confess I was pretty bored with the pilot -- when I wasn’t confused about why the cop doesn’t react with more concern when some of the humans around him appear to be turning into demons.

HitFix says:

... arrives with a variety of stumbling blocks of its own making. Nick, who discovers he's one of the last in a long line of Grimms, people with the power to recognize and then fight the fairy tale monsters, is played by "Road Rules" alum David Giuntoli, who comes across like a more wooden Brandon Routh, which didn't seem possible. The show takes its title far too seriously, and with the exception of one character is oppressively humorless. It is, if the pilot is an accurate guide, a police procedural in supernatural drag, and not a particularly inspired one. And the show looks both cheap and quite literally too dark. (Even NBC's promotional images are hard to entirely make out.) ...

AOL says:

... Wooden lead actor David Giuntoli, who plays cop David Burkhardt, adds nothing to the proceedings; he has an almost comical lack of range. Still, I wanted to like this show, given my genre proclivities and my deep and lasting love for 'Angel' (which 'Grimm' executive producer David Greenwalt used to work on). But there were several points at which 'Grimm' drained its own suspense away by having a plot development revolve around a convenient ability that a character happened to have. To compete with Friday's bumper crop of quality nerd bait ('Fringe,' 'Chuck,' 'Supernatural'), 'Grimm' has to have exciting, surprising plots and good characters, not bland leads and stories full of shortcuts. ...

The New York Times says:

... has a comic-book feel, and the story seemed a little thin and stitched together on first viewing, with a lurching tonal shift into peppy humor in the second half-hour. But some of the jokes work, and some of the frights are actually scary, and on a repeat viewing the craftsmanship and attention to detail made more of an impression ...

The Los Angeles Times says:

... adds up to a nice, moody, entertaining-enough hour and the troublesome question of how interesting this will be by the third episode. Joss Whedon had the tense longings of adolescence (not to mention the living nightmare of high school) to give "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" depth; in "Grimm," it will depend on the cleverness of the crimes and how effectively creators David Greenwalt (who worked on "Buffy" and its spinoff "Angel") and Jim Kouf (also "Angel") can convince us that the terrors of our childhood imaginations are actual forces of evil at work in the world. ...

The Chicago Sun-Times says:

... Rather than being dark and edgy, “Grimm” ends up being a show that’s trying to be dark and edgy. It relies way too much on cheap scare tactics (cue the sudden, dramatic music!) to deliver its suspense. Underneath the special effects and fairy-tale plot propeller lurks just another crime drama, and not a very good one at that. The premiere features one of the most boring murder investigations I’ve ever seen on TV. …

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

... seems less interested in character development and more concerned with procedural, case-of-the-week police investigations. …

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

... moderately entertaining, albeit somewhat predictable. The shape-shifting special effects are neat, but it's also hard to see exactly where the show can go. ...

The Washington Post says:

... vacillates between hokey and clever as it mines the Brothers Grimm for contemporary analogues. ...

The Boston Herald says:

... has a low-rent Saturday Syfy vibe to it. Executive producers David Greenwalt and Sean Hayes (better known as Jack on “Will & Grace”) bring nothing new to the supernatural mythology. I found myself more fascinated by the product placement, and this opener features a few Apple devices. Why would the upscale tech company want to be associated with this drudge? ...

The Boston Globe says:

… a darkly lit, bland mix of the mythological, procedural, and supernatural. It should be more original, and the characters should be less forgettable. …

USA Today says:

... a bit slow-moving, in part because the show is determined to be ominous even in scenes where we're reasonably certain nothing ominous is actually going to happen. And as long as it's borrowing from Buffy, it wouldn't hurt Grimm to borrow a bit more of Buffy's sense of humor and surprise. ...

Variety says:

... The first threat is a predator with an appetite for young women wearing red-hooded sweatshirts (get it?), which is modestly clever and creepy. Still, as with any show of this variety, there's the haunting problem of exhausting viable monsters and spiraling into silliness …

The Hollywood Reporter says:

... a high-concept hootenanny with varied results. ... has chills and humor and the ability to take a procedural story and twist it. (If there's an opt-out moment here, it's simply the realization that something like Kolchak: The Night Stalker and certainly The X-Files were more fun.)


A British version of “24” with nakeder Mandys, “Strike Back” comes from American writer-producer Frank Spotnitz (“The X-Files,” “The Lone Gunmen,” “Robbery Homicide Division,” the 2005 version of “Night Stalker”).

I gather that Cinemax actually aired the second season of “Strike Back.” The first, Spotnitz-free season, with future “Walking Dead” star Andrew Lincoln, hit Britain’s SkyOne in 2010. (This sort of echoes what happened with “Torchwood,” which spent three seasons on the BBC before its fourth season landed on American pay-cable channel Starz.)

The New York Times says:

a British variation on “24” that offers reasonably competent action scenes, depressingly casual depictions of torture and death, and a comic-book conspiracy story line while also being an efficient nudity delivery system. It’s the kind of show in which an agent doesn’t realize there are terrorists in the hotel lobby because he’s upstairs having it off with the waitress he met 10 minutes ago. … won’t make anyone forget “24” or “MI-5” or even “The Unit,” but it has its pleasures for the aficionado of guns and flesh in exotic locales. …

The Los Angeles Times says:

Those jonesing for "24" may find some comfort in Cinemax's new foray into original content, a hostage-taking, bullets-flying, explosion-rattled special ops drama called "Strike Back." … But it's more methadone than madness; where "24" was the archetypal tale of the lone gunslinger operating within the grim realities of newly revamped military protocol (i.e., torture), "Strike Back" is, at its heart, a buddy movie, a simmering life-or-death bromance between its two male leads: the upright and gorgeously clenched Sgt. Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), who is British, and the morally cavalier Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), who is American.

The Boston Herald says:

… bloody and predictable. … In typical “24” fashion, no one can be trusted and double-crosses ensue. In the first two episodes, there are numerous folks skulking around the hotel with rifles and much script-convenient stupidity. …

Variety says:

Strip away the counterterrorism lingo and this is really just a mismatched buddy copshow … Strike Back" does incorporate a few wrinkles regarding its leads, with hints of a larger plot to guide its 10 episodes. Mostly, though, pretty much everyone is reduced to geopolitical stereotypes …

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette says:

… shows off high production values and an intense, fast-paced story reminiscent of "24" or "Sleeper Cell" that occasionally dips into the ridiculous (secret codes; a running conspiracy story; Stonebridge catches a bomb in episode two). … It's too bad the show's graphic nature, especially the bloodshed, is so off-putting as to make the series unwatchable.

The Wall Street Journal says:

… does succeed in wresting plenty of high-level suspense out of these low-aiming scripts—no small miracle. … As the series rolls on to other destinations and newer battles, plot cohesiveness becomes, at best, spotty.


TV-on-Disc Calendar

Last Week
At Home With The Georgians
Blade Anime: The Complete Series
The Costume Drama Collection
Federal Men: 16 Episodes
Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys (Blu-ray)
The Kent Chronicles
Magic School Bus: The Complete Series
Melrose Place 7.x
Melrose Place: The Complete Series
Misfits 1.x
Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIV
The Story of the Costume Drama: The Complete Miniseries
Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand
Weight of the Nation: The Complete Miniseries
Wolverine Anime: The Complete Series


This Week


Born Free: The Complete Series


Dance Moms 1.x


Dennis the Menace: 20 Timeless Episodes


Dirty Jobs Vol. 8


The 87th Precinct: The Complete Series


Family Guy: Blue Harvest (Blu-ray)


Garrow's Law 3.x


Ghost Hunters 7.x Vol. 1


Grimm 1.x


Grimm 1.x (Blu-ray)


Gunsmoke 6.x Vol. 1


Huff 2.x


The Looney Tunes Show: There Goes The Neighborhood


Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 1.x Vol.1


My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding


Parenthood 3.x


The Rookies 2.x


The Sinking of the Laconia: The Complete Miniseries


Snapped 5.x


Squidbillies Vol. 5


Strike Back 1.x


Strike Back 1.x (Blu-ray)


Next Week
Angry Beavers 3.x Vol. 2


Community 3.x
Dalziel & Pascoe 6.x
Dexter 6.x


Dexter 6.x (Blu-ray)
Doctor Who: Greatest Show In The Galaxy


Doctor Who: Spearhead From Space
The Fresh Beat Band: The Wizard Of Song
Glee 3.x
Glee 3.x (Blu-ray)
Judge John Deed 6.x
Little Women: The Complete 1978 Miniseries
Pawn Stars Vol. 5
Power Rangers Super Samurai
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 10.x
Vega$ 3.x Vol. 2
Vega$: The Complete Series

August 21
Adventures of Tintin 3.x
The Closer 7.x
House 8.x
House 8.x (Blu-ray)
Mike & Molly 2.x
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 1.x Vol. 1
NCIS 9.x
NCIS Los Angeles 3.x
Perry Mason 7.x Vol. 1
Revenge 1.x
The Super Hero Squad Show: The Infinity Gauntlet Vol. 4
Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation

August 28
The Amazing World of Gumball
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Vol. 7
Big Time Movie


Boardwalk Empire 1.x (Blu-ray)
Boardwalk Empire 2.x


Boardwalk Empire 2.x (Blu-ray)
Carol Burnett Prime Time Specials
Danny Phantom 2.x Vol. 2
Deadliest Catch: Inside The Catch
Green Lantern 1.x Vol. 1
Homeland 1.x


Homeland 1.x (Blu-ray)
In Plain Sight 5.x
Jersey Shore 5.x
Looney Tunes Chuck Jones: Mouse Chronicles


Looney Tunes Chuck Jones: Mouse Chronicles (Blu-ray)
Once Upon A Time 1.x


Once Upon A Time 1.x (Blu-ray)
Planet Dinosaur
Poirot 6.x
Poirot 6.x (Blu-ray)
Sons of Anarchy 4.x


Sons of Anarchy 4.x (Blu-ray)
Spongebob Squarepants: Ghouls Fools
The Streets of San Francisco 4.x
10 Things You Don't Know About 1.x
Transformers Japanese Collection: Victory
Two and a Half Men 9.x


The Walking Dead 2.x


The Walking Dead 2.x (Blu-ray)

September 4
Alvin and The Chipmunks: Halloween Collection
Bored To Death 3.x


Bored To Death 3.x (Blu-ray)
Criminal Minds 7.x
Criminal Minds 7-Season Pack
Fantasy Island 2.x


Fat Albert Holiday Collection <--- NEW!!
Fringe 4.x


Fringe 4.x (Blu-ray)
The Good Wife 3.x
Grey's Anatomy 8.x
Grounded For Life: The Complete Series
The Haunting Hour Vol. 1
The Haunting Hour Vol. 2
Haven 2.x
Haven 2.x (Blu-ray)
How To Make It In America 2.x


How To Make It In America 2.x (Blu-ray)
Hung 3.x


Hung 3.x (Blu-ray)
Ninja Turtles: Next Mutation Vol. 1
The Office 8.x


The Office 8.x (Blu-ray)


Parks and Recreation 4.x


Person of Interest 1.x (Blu-ray)
Roseanne 5.x ($13.48)
Roseanne 6.x ($13.48)
That '70s Show 5.x ($14.98)
That '70s Show 6.x ($14.98)
Thriller: 10 Episodes
Tom & Jerry: Tricks and Treats
2 Broke Girls 1.x


2 Broke Girls 1.x (Blu-ray)

September 11
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters 3.x
Absolutely Fabulous: 20th Anniversary Specials
The Big Bang Theory 5.x
The Big Bang Theory 5.x (Blu-ray)
Blue Bloods 2.x


Doctor Who: Planet of Giants


Doctor Who: Vengeance of Varos
Goosebumps: One Day At Horrorland/Go Eat Worms!
Hammer House of Horror
Kojak 5.x
Power Rangers Samurai: Monster Bash Halloween Special
Private Practice 5.x
Psych: Psych-O-Ween
Spartacus 2.x


Spartacus 2.x (Blu-ray)


Terra Nova: The Complete Series


30 Rock 6.x
Up All Night 1.x
The Vampire Diaries 3.x
The Vampire Diaries 3.x (Blu-ray)

September 18
Army Wives 6.x
Body Of Proof 2.x
Castle 4.x


Get A Life: The Complete Series
Hawaii Five-0
Hawaii Five-0 (Blu-ray)
Inspector Lewis 5.x
Man Vs. Wild: Close Calls
The Mentalist 4.x
Modern Family 3.x
Modern Family 3.x (Blu-ray)
Rawhide 5.x
The Real McCoys 1.x-6.x


Suburgatory 1.x
Supernatural 7.x
Supernatural 7.x (Blu-ray)
Whiplash: The Complete Series

September 25
American Horror Story 1.x
American Horror Story 1.x (Blu-ray)


Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Vol. 5


Berenstain Bears: Spooky Stories <--- NEW!!
CatDog 2.x Vol. 2
Charlie's Angels: The Complete Five-Season Series
CSI 12.x
CSI 12-Season Pack
CSI Miami 10.x
CSI NY 8.x
Desperate Housewives 8.x
Desperate Housewives: The Complete Series
Elvira's Movie Macabre: Bloody Madness
Family Guy Vol. 10
G.I. Joe Renegades 1.x (Blu-ray)
G.I. Joe Renegades 1.x Vol. 2
Gossip Girl 5.x


Iron Man: Armored Adventures 2.x Vol. 2
Key & Peele 1.x
Key & Peele 1.x (Blu-ray)
Lawless Years: The Complete Series
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 13.x
Portlandia 2.x


Portlandia 2.x (Blu-ray)


Portlandia 1.x/2.x
Rescue Me: The Complete Series <--- NEW!!
The Thick Of It 1.x-3.x
Touched By An Angel 6.x
Van Dyke and Company: The Complete Series
Wallander 3.x

October 2
Alvin And The Chipmunks: Christmas With The Chipmunks
Batman Supervillains: Catwoman
Batman Supervillains: Killer Croc
Bonanza 4.x
Doctor Who: Ambassadors of Death
Downton Abbey 1.x/2.x


Downton Abbey 1.x/2.x (Blu-ray)
Happy Endings 2.x


Hart of Dixie 1.x
House: The Complete Series <--- NEW!!
How I Met Your Mother 7.x
It Takes A Thief <--- NEW!!
Adventure Time: Jake Vs. Me-Mow <--- NEW!!
Magic City 1.x
Magic City 1.x (Blu-ray)


New Girl 1.x
Nikita 2.x


Nikita 2.x (Blu-ray)
90210 4.x
Rules of Engagement 6.x
Rules of Engagement 6.x (Blu-ray)


The Six Million Dollar Man 2.x
Thundercats 1.x Vol. 3


Transformers Rescue Bots: Roll to the Rescue
VR Troopers 1.x Vol. 1

October 9
Bones 7.x


Care Bears: The Original Series Collection <--- NEW!!
Combat: 20 Episodes
Happiness Is Peanuts
Holliston 1.x
Holliston 1.x (Blu-ray)


It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia 7.x
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia 7.x (Blu-ray)


The League 3.x
The League 3.x (Blu-ray)
The Lucy Show 6.x
Peanuts: Go Snoopy Go
Webster: 20 Episodes
Whitney 1.x
Yancy Derringer: The Complete Series

October 16
Alcatraz: The Complete Series


Alcatraz: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Batman Super Villains: The Joker’s Last Laugh
Big Bad Beetleborgs 1.x Vol.1
Chappelle's Show: The Series Collection


Check It Out 1/x/2.x
Columbo: The Complete Series <--- NEW!!
DeGrassi 11.x Vol. 2 <--- NEW!!
The Firm 1.x <--- NEW!!
Gunsmoke 6.x Vol. 2
Gunsmoke 6-Season Pack
Mad Men 5.x


Mad Men 5.x (Blu-ray)
Mr. Lucky: The Complete Series


The Office: Secret Santa Pack
Pound Puppies: Super Secret Pup Club
Psych 6.x
Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales
Touch 1.x


Triple Terror: The Shining/It/Salem's Lot <--- NEW!!

October 23
Ernie Kovacs Collection Vol. 2
Fantasy Island 3.x


The Fugitive: The Complete Series
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 8.x
Lost Girl 1.x
Lost Girl 1.x (Blu-ray)
Perry Mason 7.x Vol. 2
Perry Mason 7-Season Pack
Peter Gunn: The Complete Series
Sanctuary: The Complete Series <--- NEW!!
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 4.x (Blu-ray)


Star Wars: The Clone Wars 4.x (Blu-ray)

October 30


All in the Family: The Complete Series
Metalocalypse 4.x
Metalocalypse 4.x (Blu-ray)

November 6
Alvin And The Chipmunks: Christmas With The Chipmunks (Blu-ray)

November 13
The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Doctor Who: Claws Of Axos <--- NEW!!


Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated 2.x Vol. 1 <--- NEW!!


Friends: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
History Detectives 10.x

November 20


Game of Thrones 1.x Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)

December 4
The Life and Times Of Tim 3.x

December 11


Futurama Vol.7 (Blu-ray) <--- NEW!!

January 15
Being Human 4.x
Being Human 4.x (Blu-ray)

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