"Grimm" executive producers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf took to the phone this morning for a conference call with reporters to discuss a Season 2 they believe will be "bigger and better if we don't screw it up."
The season kicks off at 10 p.m. Monday on NBC. "Grimm" will air on Mondays for five weeks before moving back to its regular Friday slot on Sept. 14.:
Some highlights of the conference call:
-- Nick's reunion with his presumed-dead mother (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) will get off to a rocky start. Nick is resentful over her unexplained 18-year absence and they "have a lot of issues to work through," the producers say. As for the character, she will recur through the season and she's "Not June Cleaver. She's physical and tough ..."
-- Nick's mom also won't hit it off with Monroe right away. "It gets a little ugly ... they clash. Monroe wants to know, "Who is this insane person?"
-- Speaking of Monroe, he'll be faced with some issues from his past that come up. And he'll encounter some "life-and-death situations" because of his relationship with Nick. He'll also eventually develop a relationship with another police officer and experience some "romantic complications" with Rosalee.
-- Could Nick's father possibly be alive? That question will be answered, Greenwalt and Kouf insist. It won't be held back for a "big tease."
-- Among the new creatures this season is a saber-toothed tiger who is "a killing machine
-- Nick's partner, Hank, is going to face some "real issues" over the first three episodes as he deals with the freaky things he's seen. He'll be in "quite a tizzy"
-- The Coins of Zakyhthos will still be a factor, even though Nick has stashed them away. They're still "incredibly dangerous" and coveted. "A lot of people want to get their hands on them."
-- On the busy production schedule maintained by "Grimm" in order to be ready for the early post-Olympics debut, the producers said that the show's writers had no hiatus, while the actors got a just a short one. They will have turned out 37 straight episodes by November. "It's a marathon sprint. We babble a lot."
-- As for the big question: Will Juliette emerge from her cat-scratch coma? Greenwalt and Kouf were, as expected, very coy. "You'll have to stay tuned," was all they would say.