On the set of the 'Grimm' 100th episode in Portland (photos) – OregonLive.com
It seems like only yesterday that “Grimm” premiered, but time flies when you’re chasing Wesen, dealing with supernatural crimes, and running around in the Northwest woods.
The filmed and set-in-Portland NBC show is currently in its fifth season, and on Tuesday, the cast, crew and Oregon dignitaries were on hand to mark the filming of the 100th episode of “Grimm.”
“Grimm” tells the story of Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), a Portland Police homicide detective who can see the supernatural creatures that lurk beneath the surface of ordinary-looking people.
Tuesday, the show’s Portland Police precinct set became 100th Episode Central, as Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, Oregon legislators, Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police, NBC executives, producers, cast members and crew gathered for the celebration.
Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, noted that there are a lot of shows on television these days, but not many of them get to 100 episodes.
Greenblatt praised the work of the cast and crew, adding that filming in Portland lends “Grimm” a unique quality.
“It doesn’t look like any other show on television, and that’s what makes it special,” he said.
In her remarks, Brown praised Greenblatt for making the choice to give “Grimm” the greenlight back in 2011, a “very brilliant decision,” she said, for which “the State of Oregon will be forever grateful.”
Since filming the pilot in Portland back in 2011, “Grimm” has spent more than $250 million in the state, Brown said. The show has also been “a fantastic tentpole” for the Oregon film and TV industry. Employment in the industry has increased more than 70 percent over the last five years, Brown added.
“My toast is to the next 100 episodes,” Brown said.
Jim Kouf, co-creator of “Grimm” and one of its executive producers, said again that he and co-creator David Greenwalt view Portland itself as a character in the show. They wrote “Grimm” to take place in Portland, and were set on having the show film in Portland, he said, and they were relieved when NBC agreed to have the show film in the Rose City.
Speaking on behalf of the cast, Giuntoli said, “We’re just circus people,” who are “very grateful for our jobs.” That their jobs have taken them to Portland, Giuntoli said, was rewarding, especially since Portland is “so cinematic, so verdant, so strangely peculiar.”
Being in Portland, Giuntoli said, “has changed all of our lives,” as members of the cast and crew have gotten married, had children, and are buying houses here.
“From the bottom of our hearts,” Giuntoli said, “thank you, Portland.”
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish announced that Mayor Charlie Hales had declared Nov. 10, 2015, to be “Grimm Day.”
Later, members of the cast talked about the 100th episode, which they were in the midst of filming, and about the experience of reaching that milestone in Portland.
In the “Grimm” episode that airs this Friday, Nov. 13, we’ll see that Nick has sold his Northeast Portland house very quickly, a realistic detail, considering Portland’s hot housing market.
With a laugh, Giuntoli said, he wasn’t sure if he made any friends with his remarks about “Grimm” cast members buying houses in Portland, or if locals will think of them as more Californians “driving up prices.”
Asked about his comment in another interview that a “Grimm” character will die in Season 5, Giuntoli said he probably shouldn’t say any more about that. But he added, “No character is safe.”
Giuntoli said again how fortunate he feels to be on a show that’s reached the 100th episode mark, and to be in Portland. “Our lives would look a lot different,” he said, if the show hadn’t happened, and if it hadn’t filmed in Portland.
Then, noting that he sounded very earnest, he joked, “Vote for me, David Giuntoli.”
For fans of the show, the presence of Bitsie Tulloch at the celebration feeds more speculation that her character, Nick’s girlfriend Juliette, didn’t actually die at the end of Season 4.
Tulloch chose her words carefully when asked if Juliette is really dead. “Yes,” she said, “We have seen the last of Juliette. Juliette is dead.”
But Tulloch had enough of a gleam in her eye to make it seem that Juliette may come back in some other form.
While she stayed mum about that, Tulloch did recall a day back in March 2011, after the actors had filmed the pilot for “Grimm.”
Tulloch said she, Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, and Silas Weir Mitchell had gone for a drink “at the rooftop of the Nines Hotel. We were talking about whether the show would get picked up. And I said, ‘Not only are we going to get picked up, we’re going to go five seasons.'”
As to how much longer “Grimm” may go, Greenblatt said, such decisions depend on whether a show is still going strong creatively, and if it pencils out economically. Both are true for “Grimm,” Greenblatt said.
— Kristi Turnquist