Network: NBC
Stars: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz
Premiere Date: October 21
Why we’re excited: What’s a new TV season without a string of derivative cop shows, medical dramas, and snarky lawyer comedies? Yes, the best TV season ever. Unfortunately, that’s not the prognosis for fall 2011, though at least one of redundant new program offers up a bizarre twist to a tired formula, as well as a children's book theme shared with Once Upon A Time.

At first glance, NBC’s Grimm seems like yet another law enforcement procedural, with its main character being a homicide detective (David Guintoli) and each episode presenting dude with a new deviant to catch. But here’s the tweak: He’s a “Grimm,” which means that his sole purpose in life is to track down and thwart creatures and other inhuman bastards derived from Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Seriously.

The pilot finds Giuntoli butting heads with a modern-day Big Bad Wolf, who, in Grimm, is also a horrific pedophile. There’s some clunky dialogue, and the cast isn’t exactly electric, but Grimm’s literary roots give it the potential to mash together a wider array of supernatural antagonists than True Blood. Somebody should call the Soska Sisters to write the inevitable “Sleeping Beauty” episode.

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