Actor Russell Hornsby arrives at the NBC Universal TCA 2011 Press Tour All-Star Party at the SLS Hotel on Aug. 1, 2011 in Los Angeles

*Actor Russell Hornsby is moving from the law enforcement setting of ABC Family’s “Lincoln Heights” to a dark and fantastical world in which fairy tale characters inspired by the Brothers Grimm not only exist in present day, but wreak havoc.

“We’re taking the Grimm’s fairy tales and sort of fracturing them, sort of spinning them on their head a little bit. We’ve allowed the real world to envelope the fairy tale world,” Hornsby tells EURweb’s Lee Bailey about his new NBC gig, “Grimm,” premiering next Friday.

Set in present-day Portland, Oregon, “Grimm” follows homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who discovers that his family line is rooted in a group of hunters known as “Grimms,” who fight to keep humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world. Upon learning that he is the last of his kind, he takes it upon himself to protect human beings from the storybook evil-doers that have infiltrated the real world.

David Giuntoli (L) and Russell Hornsby in NBC's "Grimm"

Hornsby, 38, plays Nick’s homicide partner Hank Griffin.  The 38-year-old actor says the part wasn’t necessarily written for an African American, which made the part a bit harder to land.

“When they opened it up to all races, obviously it’s a lot more difficult because it really just becomes about what their preference is at the time,” he says of the casting directors. “They’re not really trying to say anything different or new. It’s really about who are they are trying to cater to.”

“I would like to think that my talent had something to do with it, or my career up to this point,” he continued. “I’ve proven that I can produce and show up on time and do my work at a standard that’s acceptable to networks and to the powers that-be.”

In the bonus audio below, Hornsby tells Bailey that it took him a while to embrace the concept of “Grimm,” and he reveals how a future episode puts a twist on the fairy tale Cinderella – or in this case, “Sinderella.”

Russell Hornsby on his new NBC series Grimm by CherieNic