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Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), Portland’s trendiest detective (he sports designer jeans and chic leather jackets, no drab suits for him), has a gift. No, it isn’t his pretty eyes, though those baby blues do have something to do with it. Nick is a Grimm and can see fairytale monsters. More accurately, he sees “Wesen,” creatures with two physiological states—human and beast—who are the “real-life” basis for all of the animal characters and magical antagonists described in folklore and legends. Though Wesen appear to be ordinary people, Nick has the ability to detect the beast within and then shoot that beast in the throat with a crossbow if it pisses him off. Grimm, NBC’s gritty, supernatural crime procedural, was one of last year’s most addictive new series and an unexpected hit for the network. In the first season, Nick learned about Wesen with a lot of help from his new wine-swilling Blutbad bestie Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) while hiding his Grimminess (Grimmdom?) from his girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) and partner Hank (Russel Hornsby). The season was fun and spooky, perfectly capturing the darkness of the original Grimm’s fairytales without regurgitating those stories. But the show, which had seemed so original and fresh, is four episodes into its second season and has taken a regrettable turn. One of the sorriest TV clichés has just found its way into the drama: Amnesia.


Welcome back to This Week In DVD… now with more Blu-ray! The times they are a changing, and occasionally that means FSR’s DVD department is sent Blu-rays to cover instead. It happens. This week it happened to a handful of older Touchstone films, a couple Chuck Norris classics, two TV series, a beloved children’s classic and two direct to disc horror films. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Strike Back: Cinemax Season One (Blu-ray/DVD) Michael Stonebridge is an elite member of Britain’s anti-terrorist squad, and his latest mission finds him taking on the world’s most dangerous madman while he simultaneously takes on a new partner in a disgraced Delta Force soldier named Damien Scott. Together they kill, screw and blow(up) their way around the world trying to stop an impending terrorist attack. This is technically the British series’ second season, but it’s the first with the extra financial backing from Cinemax. And anyone who knows Cinemax knows they bring lots of sex wherever they go. Seriously. The show crosses the line into implausibility more than once, but that never diminishes the fun. Fantastic action sequences, strong pacing, high production values, solid chemistry between the leads and a bevy of buck-naked ladies make this one worth watching (and possibly owning). [Extras: Commentaries]


For years now NBC has laid dormant in fourth place behind CBS, ABC and FOX. The decline was slow and gradual, but once it became the butt of every Leno/Conan joke and started showing in the networks programming, it became clear that NBC was in a bad place. Then a glimmer of hope shined through, after years of mismanagement at the hands of Jeff Zucker, the network president was kicked out by new parent company Comcast who took over the majority share of NBCUniversal from General Electric this past year. The new bosses first move? Hire people that won’t just seal the cracks in the wall, but instead will take a sledgehammer to the house and build a new one from the ground up. The result? The hiring of former Showtime president Robert Greenblatt. Greenblatt is the man responsible for shows like Weeds, Dexter and Nurse Jackie. So for the first time in years, it looks like NBC has someone behind the wheel who has mastered the art of precision driving. And that bring us today and the recently announced fall 2011-2012 schedule. A schedule that is a… re-tooling to put it lightly. As new Broadcasting Chairman Ted Harbert said at the upfront on Monday, the schedule is “a little less reinvention of the wheel and a lot more Broadcasting 101″ which is probably the best way to describe it. Because what it appears is that the fourth place network is finally embracing the two words they have avoided for years “counter-programming.”


Earlier today NBC released their full schedule for the fall television season. Much of the schedule confirms things we already knew from previous reports. But the schedule does confirms some of the “sure thing” renewals as well as revealed some major changes being made to the network’s time slots. Plus, we’ve got some video clips of some of the newer shows (like The Playboy Club and Prime Suspect) they’ll be showing soon in a home theater near you. Of the highlights:

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