Time flies when you’re hunting Wesen. No one knows that better than the cast and crew of NBC’s supernatural drama “Grimm,” which not only recently premiered its fifth season but also crossed a major milestone: the production of the 100th episode.
Although that episode won’t air until March, everyone involved celebrated the occasion on Nov. 10, the day filming began. The show is one of the few television series to call Portland, Oregon, its permanent home, and local officials, including Gov. Kate Brown, Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish and Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson attended a ceremony to commemorate the event.
“Grimm’s” police precinct set was decked out for the occasion, with props and costume pieces pulled out for unique displays — a plethora of weaponry, the faux severed head of Nick’s mother Kelly, Krampus’ costume, and various clawed and furry appendages.
Despite the fittingly ghastly decor, the mood was festive, with cake designed by Sugar Mommas’ Bake Shop to resemble a “Grimm” diary.
“In our business, it’s so rare and therefore so rewarding to see a show start out and grow a rabid fan base that keeps the show relevant and exciting and gives us the ability to bring the show back year after year,” Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, said at the cake-cutting ceremony. “Thanks to the stars and producers of this show who make it all possible. A very special thanks goes to the city of Portland. As we all know, Portland has become another star of the show, and we have this city and this incredible crew to thank for that.”
NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt followed Salke, saying, “There are a lot of shows on television these days, as I’m sure everybody knows, but very few of them get to 100 episodes.” He said Portland gives “Grimm” a unique look: “It doesn’t look like any other show on television, and that’s what makes it special.”
He then introduced Gov. Brown, who said “Grimm” has spent more than $250 million in the state over the past five seasons. “This show has impacted and led the entire state like no other film or television production has ever done before,” she said.
Fish, the city commissioner, proclaimed Nov. 10, 2015, as “Grimm Day” and renamed a street as Northwest Grimm Way and the building that houses the show’s sound stages as The Grimm Building.
Star David Giuntoli spoke for the cast, saying, “When you’re an actor — we’re circus people, we really are — we’re very grateful for our jobs, and we’ll go wherever those jobs take us. I can’t say just how fortunate we all feel that that job’s taken us to Portland. It is a town that has embraced us. It’s so cinematic, so verdant, so strangely peculiar. Whoever had a hand in bringing us here, thank you. It is our aim that we respect and honor this town, whether it be through our charitable donations and efforts, or broadcasting this city to millions of people every week or, you know, just killing all of its monsters.”
“Grimm” airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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