Once Upon a Time and Grimm
The first thing that should be said about these similar series is... Bill Willingham's "Fables." Okay. Now that proper credit is out of the way, let's talk about the almost simultaneous emergence of Once Upon a Time and Grimm, two shows that use fairy tales bleeding into the real world as the main conceit. ABC's OUAT premiered on October 23, 2011, a whole five days before Grimm, and uses popular fairy tale characters to tell a more traditional Disney-ish fantasy, while the latter folds in famous fables as part of a darker police procedural. Both of the dramas have achieved some success and second season renewals so there is certainly hope for the survival of TV series no matter how similar they seem. We'll have to wait and see what happens with The Following and Cult but something tells me The CW serial killer drama might struggle simply by being second out of the gate. And lacking the star power of the Bacon.

Cult premieres tonight with "You're Next" at 9.00 p.m. ET on The CW. Or watch the first episode here.

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