PORTLAND -- NBC has renewed prime-time show “Grimm” for a second season, and plans to continue filming in Portland.
The show, now in its debut season, is filmed around the Rose City. The series is about a fictional Portland homicide detective named Nick Burkhardt who can see monsters from Grimm’s Fairy Tales. He's a descendant of the famed German story-telling brothers of the 19th century.
An NBC representative confirmed with KGW Friday afternoon that the show was renewed. The production details had not yet been confrimed, she added, but the show will be filmed in Portland.
"Grimm" is shot entirely in the Portland area and local companies do almost all the work. The show spent between 45 and 50 million dollars in Oregon last year, according to the state's film office.
The announcement is a major boost to Portland's growing television and film industry. The announcement comes just days after "Portlandia" co-star Carrie Brownstein tweeted that her IFC show had also been renewed. Timothy Hutton's TNT show "Leverage" has just started shooting its fourth season in Portland.
2011 was a record-breaking year for TV and film work in Oregon. More than $120 million was spent in the state, which more than doubled the previous record of $62 million in 2009.
The show is also helping a local film production company, Bent Image Labs, whose teams work on "Portlandia" as well.
TV Line newsblog reported the latest epidsode Grimm drew 5.2 million total viewers and its 18-49 drew an 87 percent increase in the 18-49 year old audience demographic, the largest of any network.