It’s been 14 years since the first episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer aired and ever since fantatics haven’t been able find another show with quite the same charm. While mastermind Joss Whedon went on to create Firefly and Dollhouse, both shows were short lived and left audiences longing for more. While there may never be a show that’ll match Buffy’s unique formula, fans are still searching for new supernatural dramas to watch. This fall two former Buffy producers are coming out with two new shows, conicidentally both about fairytales!
Grimm (NBC) is a supernatural cop show created by David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, an ex-producer of Angel. The show is a twist on the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. The creators re-imagine the Grimms as a family of hunters that are gifted with a second sight that’s used to battle supernatural criminals. Each case will center around, Detective Nick Burkhardt (Grimm descendant), expelling a fairytale villain out of the real world. “Most of these fairy tales involve some kind of a crime,” Greenwalt explained to USA Today . “In Cinderella, her sisters had their eyes plucked out. We try to find what the crime is and turn it on it’s head.”
Interesting to add – Supernatural cop shows appear to be a TV trend currently. Alphas on SyFy features a team that uses their extraordinary abilities to solve crimes. According to Frak Earth, 17th Precinct created by Battlestar Galactica’s Ron D. Moore hasn’t gotten picked up by a network, but it centers around magic based crimes in a futuristic world. As confirmed by Variety, FX picked up Powers based on the comic book by the same name. It’s currently filming a pilot in Chicago starring Jason Patric and Lucy Punch. Powers concerns crimes related to superheros in a superhero aware world.
Once Upon A Time (ABC) will be set in a magical town called Storybrooke. According to Hollywood Reporter, Jane Espenson has signed on as a co-executive producer. In this show universe, Snow White and Prince Charming’s daughter Emma Swan is found by Henry, the son she gave up. The 10 year-old boy is convinced Emma belongs to the fairytale world which has been frozen ever since the Evil Queen cursed it. Not wanting to abandon her son a second time, Emma remains in Storybrooke and soon learns that everything is not what it seems. It’s an unusual New England town where fairytale characters are a part of every day – even if they don’t remember who they are.
Whether you’ll be tuning into Grimm or Once Upon A Time, the former Buffy producers will be battling it out this fall to be picked up for a second season on their respective networks.