GRIMM TV Show - Filmed In Portland

You know about the GRIMM TV show, right?

I'm not talking about Grimm's Fairytales (I guess I am, sort of!), but the GRIMM series on NBC. Not TV for the squeamish!

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This is an awesomely entertaining and suspenseful fantasy crime drama that hit the airwaves in 2011 and quickly became a top-rated show.

Here's a quick synopsis of what it's about.

Portland police detective, Nick Burkhardt, discovers that he is the last Grimm (which is a sort of guardian) and his ongoing struggle is to keep his part of the world from being overtaken by supernatural creatures called Wesen.

Lucky for Nick, he has a reformed Wesen and his human partner, Hank, on his side.

And so the series goes....

At the time of this writing, GRIMM on NBC is going to begin it's third season after a very tense season two cliff-hanger that had zombies coming out the woodwork!

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I particularly love the show because, not only is it based and shot here in Portland, OR, but I also have had many opportunities to work on the show as a Background Actor. I also worked the TNT TV show, "Leverage" when it was still in production.

In the show, I generally switch between roles as a Portland Police Detective and a Medical Examiner.

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One episode titled, "Nameless," I was one of two medical examiners who worked with an extremely life-like body that had been sliced in half. The special effects department does amazing work and I was almost afraid to go near it.

Yes, it was THAT real looking! I've seen too many zombie movies, I guess.

Speaking of zombies! This was a wonderful seg-way.....

In the GRIMM season 2 finale, I got the super cool chance to work as a zombie! My son was in the same episode, which made it even groovier.

Here's the set up. In a nutshell, there's this mystical and dangerous voodoo dude called Baron who has the ability turn into a blow fish and spit green gunk into people's eyes, turning them into brainless zombies who will follow his every command.

Sounds weird, I know. Watch the episode. It's a lot cooler than I described it (unless you dig green vomiting blow fish men! haha). :D

Below is the final scene of the season 2 finale. If you watch closely, you can see both me in some radical zombie action! haha!

This story-line began in the previous episode, "The Waking Dead," and continued on into the season 2 finale, "Goodnight, Sweet Grimm."

Anyway, this last episode of the Grimm TV show season was shot down at the Port of Portland, over two consecutive nights, from 8 am until 5 am. Most of the episodes I've been in have been shot at night.

My son and I carpooled there.

I spent a short time in Wardrobe (we were fitted a couple days prior) and then 45 minutes in Make Up, getting zombied out by top-notch make-up artists. No detail was overlooked, right down to the dried blood under my fingernails.

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It was really cold on both nights and the second night, it even rained. That made it  colder! The GRIMM crew is so incredibly nice and accommodating, the rain and cold wasn't even an issue.

We just did our amazingly fun jobs like good little troopers.

Now, onto the season 3 premiere!

To sum it up quickly, we shot 3rd season's first season episode of "Grimm" in July, it was a three day shoot consisting of days that started at noon and went until four or five in the morning.

I had the most fun on this shoot than I have ever had on any set! I even got to beat on some Portland Police! Woooot!!

Here's some special, behind-the-scenes fun we had at a GRIMM watch party in Portland, where some of us zombies and fans got together to watch the season 3 premiere. As I said, super fun all around! ;)

As you can tell, I think the GRIMM TV show is the bomb! Not only as a TV show, but they are a great bunch of people to work for.

As of April, NBC moved the show from their Friday slot to Tuesday evenings. I'm sure their cult following will move right along with them and they'll pick up new viewers along the way.

THAT, my friends, is GRIMM!

If you're a Portland Background Actor, see you on the set. If you're a GRIMM TV show fan, enjoy the show.

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