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By Suzanne

David Giuntoli of "Grimm"

Interview with David Giuntoli of "Grimm" on NBC 10/15/14

This is such a good show, and he is awesome on the show as well as gorgeous. It was great to speak with him. I think he was having a little trouble, though, because he was trying so hard to avoid giving spoilers.

NBC UNIVERSAL
Moderator: Perry Seaman
October 15, 2014 1:00 pm CT

Perry Seaman: Hi everyone. I'm Perry Seaman with NBC Publicity, and I'd like to thank you all for joining today's Grimm conference call with the dashing David Giuntoli.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Perry Seaman: As you know, Season 4 premieres next Friday, October 24 at 9:00 pm. And as always, this call will be recorded. Should you want a transcript after the conference, please email me and I will send as soon as it's ready.

Once again, thank you for joining us this morning and let's please begin (Wendy).

Operator: Our first question comes from the line of Jamie Ruby with SciFi Vision.

Jamie Ruby: Hi, thanks so much...

Operator: Please go ahead.

Jamie Ruby: Woops. Hi, thanks so much for talking to us today.
David Giuntoli: Sure.

Jamie Ruby: Really, really love the show. So can you just start off talking about kind of how Nick is going to be handling the fact that he doesn't have his -- whatever we'll call them -- Grimm powers -- the fact that he can see the Wesen?

David Giuntoli: Yes, Grimm powers are gone from Nick and he may or may not - I mean, he's kind of enjoying his new normalcy, I think, in a lot of ways. But he also knows that the Wesen are out there. So first and foremost he's going to be using Trubel as his seeing eye Grimm.

He is going to be tapping Monroe -- which he used to do -- tapping on his shoulder quite a bit. He's going to be using his team of Wesen and Grimms to try to do what he used to be able to do. But he doesn't have his powers anymore, and that means that not only he can't - can he not see the Wesen, he's just not as powerful as he was.

Jamie Ruby: Okay, great. And then as a follow up, can you talk about working with Jacqueline?

David Giuntoli: Jacqueline Toboni was just such a breath of fresh air on our set. She's so fresh and talented and eager. It seems as though Grimms can only be Italian Americans. We had Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, David Giuntoli, Jacqueline Toboni.

I don't know if that's what they're going for, but it happened. So we love it. And, yes, she's incredible.

Jamie Ruby: Okay, great. Thank you so much.

David Giuntoli: She's like a little sis.

Jamie Ruby: Okay. All right, thank you so much.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Jamie Steinberg, Starry Constellation. Please go ahead.

Jamie Steinberg: Hello?

Operator: Please go ahead.

Jamie Steinberg: Can you hear me?

David Giuntoli: Yes.

Jamie Steinberg: Oh, great. Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us today.

David Giuntoli: Absolutely.

Jamie Steinberg: Now that Nick is de-Grimmed, which of his other qualities do you think he'll be focusing on more?

David Giuntoli: He has to focus on being a cop again. He used to solve crimes without having blatant tells as to who did this. So now, he has to remember why - remember that he was a good detective and start solving cases the old-fashioned way. Through evidence.

Jamie Steinberg: And how will his relationships change this season?
David Giuntoli: Well, up to where we are, you know, Nick and Juliette are enjoying - you know, here's the thing. Even though he's not a Grimm, the newfound - there's not like a peace that comes with it. We know about the world. We know what's going on out there. And they know about us.

So the relationship change that depend on - I depend more on Monroe. I depend more on Trubel. She and I grow very close. Again, she's much like a young sister to me -- or a daughter to me. And that's what you'll be seeing.

Jamie Steinberg: Great. Thank you so much.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from Stephanie Piche at Mingle Media TV. Please go ahead.

Stephanie Piche: Hi. Being a former Portland resident, love to see different places that you guys go to hunt for clues around town. Why do you think Grimm is such a popular show?

David Giuntoli: Well, I mean, I think that's part of it. It's a very cinematic town. And its environs kind of lend itself to a world of scary creatures. I mean, there - the woods -- the dark, dense forest -- these are places that, you know the human subconscious - it kind of knows that bad can happen out there.

The writing. I mean, it's fun. It's fun TV. It's popcorn. It's - It knows what it is and it's not trying to be anything else. And I think we deliver kind of action packed fun every episode. If decapitating people is what you consider to be fun. Then that's what we do.

Stephanie Piche: Right. Definitely. Okay, awesome. I'm excited to see this new season and hope it continues for a lot more. Because I like that dark...

David Giuntoli: Thank you so much.

Stephanie Piche:...fun.

David Giuntoli: So do I. My gosh.

Operator: Our next question comes from Josh Maloni at Niagara Frontier. Please go ahead.

Josh Maloni: Hey David.

David Giuntoli: Hey, how are you?

Josh Maloni: Hey David, thanks for your time today. Appreciate it. Good.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Josh Maloni: So, you know, there's so many season finales -- season premieres -- that are just sort of very run of the mill and predictable. But this is such a fascinating storyline.

I mean, obviously, the show is called Grimm. You're the Grimm. But now you're not the Grimm. And I'm wondering what do you think about this storyline? And what was it sort of like playing him in a different way? Because for as long as we've known you, you've been this sort of superhero.

David Giuntoli: Yes, I - it's fun to just be a normal dude again. Who is still somehow, you know, tormented by knowing that there is this other world out there though. He's no longer really a part of it. He's just kind of adjacent to it.

Yes, playing it like it was a great loss of almost like a loved one. This thing I had become so - I hated so much in the beginning -- these Grimm powers -- and then suddenly -- slowly -- came to really love and depend on -- now it's gone.

So it was a painful process to go through and, you know, the bright side could be it could make things better for Juliette and me. But, yes, I am no longer the Grimm. So there is still a Grimm on screen. So it was true to the title of our show. But it was fun to play a normal guy.

Josh Maloni: Obviously, your show has a great cast -- a big cast -- and when we left off just about everybody was in some sort of state of chaos. And I'm wondering what you can sort of tell us about the first couple of episodes and where we'll find all these other characters and how they're sort of dealing with things?

David Giuntoli: Oh, boy. Yes, so Adalind and Nick are now connected in some magical -- horrible -- way. I don't know if I can say why. I certainly can't say how this all ends. Juliette - well, let's see. What's going on.

Okay, yes. So Monroe and Rosalee, honeymoon postponed. Due tot he chaos that's ensued. Wu getting very suspicious of what he's been seeing. Me, obviously, where'd the Grimm go? I'm freaking out. Hank's just, you know, having a good time. Juliette, oh yes, how many episodes have you guys seen?

Josh Maloni: Just a couple.

David Giuntoli: I don't know what I can say. But, yes, everybody is in a state of chaos. And that never really ends on our show. That's kind of the fun.

Josh Maloni: Right. All right, looking forward to it. Thank you very much.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen as a reminder, to register a question press the one followed by the four. Our next question comes from the line of (Courtney Vodroy) from (oshelgray.com). Please go ahead.

Courtney Vodroy: Hi, thanks for talking with us today. So...

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Courtney Vodroy: My question is last season, you know, you've got such a big ensemble cast that, you know, everybody kind of needs to have their airtime. And it sounds like Nick moved a bit to the backseat.

David Giuntoli: Yes.

Courtney Vodroy: Is he going to really kind of step up this season to be more in the forefront?

David Giuntoli: Seems to be the case. That seems to be the case as these episodes go on. We had - we've had some great additions to the cast -- Jacqueline Toboni as Trubel -- and that storyline, it rightfully took the forefront for a little while. And it starts to, you know, get more into Nick, Hank, Monroe, trying to solve these crimes.

But no, I mean, part of the joys of it is it's become more of an ensemble. That's lovely to me. And it's - I think it's more fun for everyone else too. Get to, you know, act in all these different dynamics and with all these different people. So I think it's a nice thing.

Courtney Vodroy: And obviously, I'm curious to see if Nick will ever leave Portland to go to the Motherland. Any chance of that happening?

David Giuntoli: If the Motherland provides tax incentives. I think that...

Courtney Vodroy: Or new Grimm powers.

David Giuntoli: ...there might be a trip. Exactly.

Courtney Vodroy: Thank you.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Suzanne Lanoue, The TV MegaSite. Thank you. Please go ahead.

Suzanne Lanoue: Hi, nice to speak with you David.

David Giuntoli: Oh, hi. How are you?

Suzanne Lanoue: All right. I was wondering is would you say that his losing his powers is similar to someone who might, you know, have lost their eyesight or limb or something like that as far as at least his detective work?

David Giuntoli: Absolutely. I mean, how will he deal with losing his powers? Will he be the same cop? The same boyfriend? The same friend? The same threat to Wesen? It's - it is a disability and it changes things for as long as he's no longer a Grimm.

Suzanne Lanoue: I would think it would be scary because he knows there's threats out there now, but he can't see them and that would be really terrifying, I would think.

David Giuntoli: It's very terrifying on that level. And it's also just difficult on a human level. Because, you know, what is his - he had this identity. And it's no longer attached to him. It's like he lost an important job. It's like he lost, you know, it's just he's no longer the thing he thought - his whole reason for living was to battle these Wesen and fight these, you know, he had the rare blood to be able to see evil. And it's gone. So, yes.

Suzanne Lanoue: Do you know if there's any talk of a crossover with Constantine? Since they're sort of being paired together -- at least publicity-wise?

David Giuntoli: There's no talk of a crossover. Though (Matt Ryan) and I are slightly buds. We knew each other a little this summer. And his show is fantastic. I know the writer a little bit and we're very excited to have Constantine as our pairing. I think they're going to be very successful.

Suzanne Lanoue: Well, I can't wait. Thanks a lot.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Cheryl Hollar at mytakeontv.com. Please go ahead.

Cheryl Hollar: Hi David.

David Giuntoli: Hey, how are you?

Cheryl Hollar: Okay. I'd like to ask, how do you think studying under (Christopher Fields) -- and your work with the Echo Theater Company -- how do you think this prepared you to play Nick Burkhardt?

David Giuntoli: Well, (Chris Fields) was great in that he would always talk about, you know, he used a Meisner technique. He really just tried to teach me to be in the moment and find the reality of the situation. Use your imagination to fantasize about what it's like in the situation and then associate moments of your life that may have been like that.

And I use a lot of kind of like as if comparisons. Like, what would it be like to lose my Grimm powers? Okay, that's as if I would lose a loved one to me. So that's how I would play things. So he was wonderful training. As was the Echo Theater Company which is still a fantastic company.

Cheryl Hollar: Okay. And you recently starred as Ryan in Caroline and Jackie. And I'd like to know what kind of film roles you're interested in? Like maybe for the future. And if you have ever written any projects on your own?

David Giuntoli: Yes, I actually wrote a project this summer that I shot and filmed -- a feature film -- with two good friends of mine. And it's a complete departure from what I normally do. It's a comedy. I play more of the straight man. But it will be soon named and soon out. And I'm excited for it to happen.

Cheryl Hollar: Okay. Thank you.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Marilia Pastor with El Comercio. Please go ahead.

Marilia Pastor: Hi David, how are you?

David Giuntoli: Doing well. How are you?

Marilia Pastor: Fine thanks. Well, previously someone else mentioned about Nick being a superhero. So now that his powers are gone -- for you -- what does it mean really to be a hero?

David Giuntoli: Good point. You know, a superhero has superpowers. But heroes I think, you know, overcome. And are somehow able to lead through the peril of what life is giving them at that point. So hopefully I will remain a hero if not a superhero.

Marilia Pastor: Okay. And what can you tease us about Wesens that we're going to see in this new season? Will there be any characters that come from Latin American folklore?

David Giuntoli: Yes. Absolutely. One of the fun Wesen -- one of my favorite episodes of the season -- is we deal with the Chupacabra.

Marilia Pastor: Oh, great.

David Giuntoli: Yes, we just vaguely finished filming that episode. We have many new wonderful Wesen. We have the Gedachtnis Esser -- which is the Octopus Man. We have the Schinderdiv demon beast with like chin fangs. We have a golem, which is a Jewish - piece of Jewish folklore. So we go all over the place -- through all cultures. But Chupacabra would be the Latin American.

Marilia Pastor: Right. And a little bit can you tease me about that particular story? What's going to happen with the Chupacabra and the whole gang?

David Giuntoli: Gosh, I don't know what I can say. I can say that we have to use Juliette quite a bit. She has a mastery of the Spanish language so she needs to help Nick and Hank and Monroe out quite a bit. We learn the actual origin of what the Chupacabra is and its relation to the Wesen community. So it's an interesting take.

Marilia Pastor: Great. Thanks.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Rebecca Murray, ShowbizJunkies. Please go ahead.

Rebecca Murray: Good morning David.

David Giuntoli: Good morning.

Rebecca Murray: I was wondering what was your initial reaction to getting that Season 3 finale script and seeing that he'd be losing his powers?

David Giuntoli: I thought - I don't know. I mean, I was excited. It's always fun to play these new situations. I knew it would shake things up as to I would now be needing the use of young inexperienced kind of off the cuff Grimm -- Trubel. And I knew that that would create a lot of problems.

But I was excited to see what would happen with Juliette and Nick's relationship and how his new identity as just a detective -- a normal guy -- how that would shape his relationships.

Rebecca Murray: And -- without giving away any spoilers -- if it was your choice, how long would he go into the season -- or even the next season -- without his powers?

David Giuntoli: Well, that's a conversation I'd have to have with Juliette.

Rebecca Murray: Okay.

David Giuntoli: True. Yes, so there we go.

Rebecca Murray: Thank you.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Our next line of question comes from Brandon Rowe from SpoilerTV. Please go ahead.

Brandon Rowe: Hi David.

David Giuntoli: Hey, how are you?

Brandon Rowe: Good. How are you doing?

David Giuntoli: Doing well. Thank you.

Brandon Rowe: How do you think we're going to see the team's relationship with Trubel evolve this season now that they really need her?
David Giuntoli: Yes, she becomes more ingrained in the fabric of our lives. I desperately need to teach her what it is to be a Grimm. It's not just a free pass to go kick Wesen ass all day long. I try to show her the finer points that, you know, you - I try to tell her that I would actually try to use the law before I would just, you know, go all rogue and Grimm.

She lives under the same roof with Juliette and I. So she becomes like a daughter figure to us. And that's really it.

Brandon Rowe: Wow, great. I'm looking forward to the season. Thank you.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from Vicki Dolenga at Three If by Space. Please go ahead.

Vicki Dolenga: Hey David, how are you?

David Giuntoli: Hey Vicki, how are you?

Vicki Dolenga: I'm good. So my first question is last season when you had your time of being zombified, you actually ended up getting some extra powers. Now what I'm wondering is those weren't really tied to your Grimm powers necessarily. So are those going to help while you don't have the full on Grimm powers?

David Giuntoli: No. They're gone with the Grimm powers. If I become a Grimm again I get the whole deck of cards back. But no, I'm just a dude.

Vicki Dolenga: I don't think you'll ever be just a dude.

David Giuntoli: No.

Vicki Dolenga: The other question I have is, are we ever going to get back to the key storyline?

David Giuntoli: Oh, yes. Without a doubt.

Vicki Dolenga: Okay.

David Giuntoli: We will be getting back to the key storyline. People are after the key. And the more Grimms out there the more people are going to be hunting for those Grimms to get those keys. So it's alive.

Vicki Dolenga: Oh, so we're going to see more Grimms this season?

David Giuntoli: Yes. Sort of. Maybe.

Vicki Dolenga: Fair enough. Thanks so much.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Our next line of question comes from (Deanne McCray) with ctv.ca. Please go ahead.

Deanne McCray: Hey David.

David Giuntoli: Hello.

Deanne McCray: I'm wondering given Nick's relationship with Adalind, what will that have as an impact on the future for Nick and Juliette?
David Giuntoli: Oh, boy. So, yes, the Nick and Adalind spell links us in a very profound and mysterious way. And there needs - something goes down in order to reverse a spell that she has put on me that is just crazy. And it affects Juliette and I in a very intense way.

Deanne McCray: Is there - are there any spoilers you can give us for Season 4 in terms of that?

David Giuntoli: The whole regular season cast, we all get murdered in the third episode. No, okay. No, I can't - I don't think I can give you the spoiler as to how my spell could possibly one day be reversed.

Deanne McCray: And do you know if Adalind will ever find out where her baby really is?

David Giuntoli: She's looking hard. But I don't know yet.

Deanne McCray: That's awesome. Thanks David.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Our next line of question comes from Paulette Cohn, Examiner. Please go ahead.

Paulette Cohn: Thank you. Good morning. I want to take you back to childhood. Can you talk a little bit about some of your favorite fairy tales -- Grimm or otherwise? And do - where they things that scared you?

David Giuntoli: Well, I don't remember honestly the Grimm's fairy tales being a big part of my life. Yes, there were things that scared me. I mean, I think I've said in the past I was raised in a very Catholic setting. So, you know, I had that like almost like James Joycean fear of God and the devil and stuff.
And then I also happened to see the Exorcist when I was like 8 years old. And I would be like 6'4" right now if I hadn't seen that. It destroyed me. I was so afraid of like the devil and demons and all that kind of stuff. So yes, terrifying. I loved scary movies and I also was - you know, they were the bane of my life.

Paulette Cohn: So is there anything on this show that has given you a nightmare?

David Giuntoli: No. I mean, I see all the work that goes into this. But some things creep me out when I walk into set and see a body there lying completely with severed head next to it, and it previously looked like the guest star. I mean like it can be eerie, but no. No nightmares.

Paulette Cohn: Okay, great. Thank you so much.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from (Courtney Vodroy) at (oshelgray.com). Please go ahead.

Courtney Vodroy: Hi. Any chance that we are going to see (James Bryan) again?

David Giuntoli: Oh, boy. That would be nice. I don't know. He's on another series right now -- which kind of makes it tough. But we do have some other wonderful actors working with us and I don't know if (James) will be back. I hope his series does well. If it doesn't, then yes.

Courtney Vodroy: And one - not to give Nick too many girl emotions, but how is he going to deal with the fallout of finding out that he actually slept with Adalind?

David Giuntoli: Girl emotions? What are they?

Courtney Vodroy: You know, like, obviously Juliette's going to have problems with it. But how about Nick?

David Giuntoli: Oh. I mean, look. Wait. What's the set up question? How am I going to deal with what?

Courtney Vodroy: How do you deal with kind of moving past that? Because Nick does not like Adalind. So now knowing that he has slept with her certainly must not be pleasant for him. So how is he going to...

David Giuntoli: Oh, okay. Yes. Well, you know, I mean what did Nick really do wrong? He didn't know he was sleeping with Adalind so - and when the bodies transform I think they transform completely. So like what Juliette ate that day was in Adalind's stomach.

You know, I don't know where this all ends, but how does he deal with the fallout? You just, listen, you just nod. You say yes, thank you. You just be very cautious -- walk on eggshells for a little while.

Courtney Vodroy: Thank you.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from Earl Dittman at Digital Journal. Please go ahead.

Earl Dittman: Hey David, how are you today?

David Giuntoli: Doing well. How are you?

Earl Dittman: We've talked to you I guess - I remember we talked to you before even Grimm hit the air.

David Giuntoli: Wow.

Earl Dittman: And back then you were talking about you hope it made it through the first season. Well, here we are on Season 4.

David Giuntoli: I know.

Earl Dittman: What still surprises you about going to work every day and doing this show?

David Giuntoli: Well, you get to kind of dig deeper into your character constantly. That's the joy of being on a long running TV series. This thing can grow with you. And what surprises me?

Earl Dittman: Yes.

David Giuntoli: I guess it surprises me how much I get out of it still. It surprises me how much I can still learn from some of the other actors. And, listen, our show isn't straight down the middle. So you really never know what the next day will hold.

Earl Dittman: Yes.

David Giuntoli: I mean, all you have to do is read it out of that book in the trailer and it's a reality. So it's a show that can continue to surprise and I think that's why it's such a success.

Earl Dittman: Are you shocked that it's still going on the fourth - I mean it's a great quality show. But I mean we've seen a lot of fantasy based shows die after Season 2 -- and for - probably for good reason.

David Giuntoli: Yes.

Earl Dittman: But, you know, this show has got a very loyal, intense gigantic following.

David Giuntoli: Yes.

Earl Dittman: Does that surprise you sometimes?

David Giuntoli: I mean, the Grimm's fairy tales are imbedded -- ingrained -- so deeply into our culture and -- so many cultures -- and it does very well abroad for, you know, good reason. So it doesn't really shock me. I mean, I am extremely fortunate and I'm aware of that. And so much of what makes a TV series last is not quality. It can be, you know, just kind of luck. And we are a quality show, but we also are just kind of lucky that we hit it.

Earl Dittman: Yes.

David Giuntoli: And that it resonates with fans. But we have great show runners. Great team of writers who aren't afraid to always shake things up in the story. They love it. They get a kind of a perverse joy out of just writing the rules, bending them -- all that kind of thing - all those kinds of things. So I think the audience enjoys that.

Earl Dittman: All right. One final follow up and I'll leave you alone. How does it feel for you though to be kind of a pop culture icon? I mean, I can go to Facebook and see David Giuntoli fan pages by the dozens. What does it feel like to be a pop culture icon?

David Giuntoli: I don't know. It doesn't - it's fun to get to go to these Comic-Cons and be lauded by people. It's fun to have so many people be excited about what you do. But, you know, it doesn't really change. Everything - all kind of celebrity is outside in. You never feel any different. You just get stopped more on the street.

Earl Dittman: Yes.

David Giuntoli: But that never ceases to feel weird.

Earl Dittman: Yes. Well, great. Well, congratulations again on another season. I hope to talk to you in Season 7.

David Giuntoli: Thank you so much.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder press the one followed by the four for your questions. There are no further questions. Oh, one moment please. I do see another question from Maria Pia Arriola from DedoMedio. Please go ahead.

Maria Pia Arriola: Hi. Thank you. Hi, when you were little did you enjoy reading these kind of fantastic stories? That now are a very important part of Grimm. What was your favorite story tale?

David Giuntoli: I didn't really - I don't know what my favorite story was. Again, I liked ghost stories. I like that kind of thing. But I wasn't into fairy tales. But ghost stories I loved. And they just scared the bejesus out of me. And I hated them, but I couldn't get enough of them. It was one of those I couldn't look away kind of things.

Maria Pia Arriola: And you have participated in some TV series about detectives before. What is the difference with doing those detectives and this particular one in Grimm?

David Giuntoli: Well, Nick sees monsters. Big difference. And we also, you know, we have to go outside of protocol more often. Like we don't - we are not going by that the handbook -- the detective handbook. And we're going outside of that rulebook all of the time. And I think that's different from a lot of detective shows.

Maria Pia Arriola: Okay, thank you very much.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Allyson Koerner) with Starpulse. Please go ahead.

Allyson Koerner: Hi David. Thanks for taking the time today.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Allyson Koerner: Do you think Wu will ever find out about Nick and that Wesen are real? You know, I mean obviously he suspects something. So will he ever find out? And do you think he should find out? Or do you think he should remain kept in the dark?

David Giuntoli: That's a very good question. I think that there's going to come a point where he's going to have to find out. I don't think he should take it too easily. I don't think he will if he does. But, yes, I think that he will at one point have to find out. I think it's fun that he does not know at this point. But, you know, the poor guy's being driven insane.

Allyson Koerner: Right. And as I follow up, last season we saw what appeared to be Nick dying in his sleep. Was that just a side effect of him being a zombie? Or is there deeper meaning to that? You know, can you elaborate on what that was all about?

David Giuntoli: Yes. It's not just sleep apnea. I was - it was definitely one of the side effects of being a zombie. Being undead. And the mixture of that and being a Grimm. So those problems go away when Nick is no longer a Grimm. But, you know, if he gets his powers back -- side effects.

Allyson Koerner: Right. Okay, well thank you so much.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from (Deanne McCray) at ctv.ca.

Deanne McCray: Can you tell us if Captain Renard will survive after being shot in the finale last season?

David Giuntoli: Oh, boy. Well, I'll say that he dies in the first episode.

Deanne McCray: All right.

David Giuntoli: Yes.

Deanne McCray: That's awesome. Thank you.

David Giuntoli: Yes, you're welcome.

Perry Seaman: Well, thanks so much everyone for joining today's call. Remember that the premiere of Season 4 is October 24 at 9:00 pm. David thank you so much for taking the time and we'll talk to you all soon.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

END

David Giuntoli - Nick Burkhardt, "Grimm"

David Giuntoli stars in NBC’s acclaimed drama series “Grimm” as Nick Burkhardt, the steadfast Portland detective turned Grimm-creature profiler.

In a short period of time and with a career that’s only starting to blossom, Giuntoli has compiled an expansive television resume, with roles on hit shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Deep End,” “Privileged,” “Private Practice,” “Hot in Cleveland” and the MTV original movie “Turn the Beat Around.

Giuntoli has also appeared in the CBS pilot “The Quinn-tuplets,” alongside Amber Tamblyn and Molly Parker, as well as the NBC series “Love Bites.”

Eager to stretch beyond television, Giuntoli recently starred as Ryan in the independent feature “Caroline and Jackie,” directed by Adam Christian Clark, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to exceedingly positive reviews.

Giuntoli grew up in St. Louis and attended Indiana University. After moving to Los Angeles, he studied under Christopher Fields before joining the acclaimed Echo Theater Company.

"Grimm" returns Friday, October 24 at 9pm

"Grimm" is a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales. After Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as ‘Grimms,’ he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm.

In the wake of Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee's (Bree Turner) wedding, things have never been more chaotic. Nick, having lost his Grimm abilities, must dig deep and decide what type of person he wants to be, while Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) continues to try to come to grips with Nick's recent "betrayal." Monroe and Rosalee find themselves having to put their honeymoon plans on hold to try to not only figure out what happened to Nick, but also how to reverse it.

With Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) in critical condition after being shot by Agent Steward, Sergeant Wu's (Reggie Lee) biggest fears are becoming reality thanks to recent events, not the least of which is the strange young woman seen with Nick and the sketches he saw in one of her books.

In Europe, Viktor (guest star Alexis Denisof) is trying to make the best of the Royals' mishandling of the "hexenbaby," using Adalind's (Claire Coffee) desperation and vulnerability to make her his prisoner.

On top of all this, wesen crime in Portland doesn't seem to be letting up at all, with even more dangerous wesen making their way to the great northwest. It's going to take all of Team Grimm's strength and energy to keep Portland from bursting open at the seams.

Russell Hornsby stars as Nick's partner, Hank Griffin.

“Grimm” is a Universal Television and Hazy Mills production. The series was created by David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf and Stephen Carpenter. Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner (“Sean Saves the World,” “Hot in Cleveland”) and Norberto Barba (”The Bridge”) serve as executive producers along with Greenwalt and Kouf.

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