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Saving Grace
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Genre Crime drama
Created by Nancy Miller
Starring List of characters and cast
Opening theme by Everlast
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 37 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 40–45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel TNT
Original run July 23, 2007 (2007-07-23) – present

Saving Grace is an American crime drama series that mixes reality with fantasy. It premiered on July 23, 2007 on TNT and stars Holly Hunter, Kenny Johnson, Bailey Chase, Laura San Giacomo, and Lorraine Toussaint as employees of the Oklahoma City police department and Leon Rippy as a guardian angel. Although the series includes numerous shots of local buildings and landmarks, such as the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the downtown skyline, most of it is filmed in Vancouver and Los Angeles.

The theme song for the show is written and performed by American rapper/musician Everlast. The series is rated TV-MA in the United States for language, sexuality, and violence.[1]

The series will complete its run in the summer of 2010, because the show's producer, Fox Television Studios, cancelled the show - despite its high ratings - after disappointing overseas and DVD sales. TNT had originally ordered a split 15-episode third season, with nine episodes running in the summer of 2009 and six to have been aired in the winter of 2009. Due to the show's cancellation, which was announced August 13, 2009, season three will end on August 18, 2009. TNT will add three additional episodes to the six originally planned for Winter 2009, allowing the writers to tie up all loose ends. These last nine episodes of the show will air as a final season four starting Monday, March 29, 2010 at 10/9c on TNT.

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Plot

The plot focuses on Grace Hanadarko (Holly Hunter), a smoking, heavy-drinking, and promiscuous Oklahoma City Police Department detective. In the series opener, Grace meets up with her "last-chance" angel when she runs down and kills a pedestrian with her Porsche after one of her drinking binges. In desperation she calls out for God's help, and a scruffy, tobacco-spitting man who calls himself Earl (Leon Rippy) appears. Unfolding his wings to reveal his divine origins, Earl tells her that she's headed for hell, and asks if she's ready to turn her life over to God. When he finally disappears, the person she struck is also gone and it's as if the accident never happened. The only evidence left is a small amount of the victim's blood on her blouse, which she brings to her best friend, forensics expert Rhetta Rodriguez (Laura San Giacomo), to analyze. With Rhetta's help, Grace discovers that her accident "victim" is actually an inmate on death row, Leon Cooley (Bokeem Woodbine), who is also visited by Earl on a regular basis.

Passionate in her job, Grace investigates homicides and other major crimes with the fellow officers in her squad, including Ham Dewey (Kenny Johnson), Butch Ada (Bailey Chase), Bobby Stillwater (Gregory Cruz), and Captain Kate Perry (Lorraine Toussaint).

When not working, Grace drinks heavily, engages in numerous one-night stands and casual encounters with men, and is having an affair with her partner Ham, who divorced his wife in the second season. Aside from her faults, Grace is an extraordinarily loving and generous person to those around her. In particular she loves her young nephew Clay (Dylan Minnette) and devotes a great deal of her time to him.

Earl appears to Grace throughout the series, hoping she'll turn away from her more self-destructive tendencies and seek God's help. Saving Grace does not promote any one religion but does use Grace's story to discuss the topic of faith, and how difficult faith can be in such an imperfect world.

Oklahoma City

Series creator Nancy Miller grew up in Oklahoma City, and as a result Saving Grace includes many references to Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma. For instance, many of the characters' last names are the names of Oklahoma towns: Hanadarko is derived from Anadarko, Oklahoma; also Clay Norman, Ham Dewey, Butch Ada, Bobby Stillwater and Captain Perry all have last names taken from Oklahoma towns and cities.

The 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and its aftermath have been incorporated into the plot and character development of the series. In the show, Grace's sister, who was also Clay's mother, lost her life in the bombing. In addition, local Oklahoma City eating establishment Johnnies Charcoal Broiler is seen in almost every episode.

In an October 2007 trip to Oklahoma City by the cast, writers and producers, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett presented Miller and Hunter with Keys to the City.[citation needed]

DVD release

Season One's 13 episodes were released on Region 1 DVD on July 15, 2008. The 14 episodes of Season Two were released on June 16, 2009, also on Region 1 DVD.

International Broadcast

UK: Season 1 began on More4 on Monday 29 August 29, 2009 at 11PM. the next episode broadcasts on wednesdays at 23.05PM ahead of its usual monday night slot

Portugal: Season 1 and 2 already have been broadcast on Fox Life

Season 1 - Thursday at 9:00PM

Season 2 - Monday at 9:50PM

In Australia, Season 2 is currently being shown on the Foxtel/Austar networks (paid subscription tv) on Monday nights (2009).

Japan: Season 1 began on 14 December 2008. Season 2 began on 11 December 2009.

They have been broadcast on Fox Crime

Show run

Following a 13-episode first season which ran from July 23 to December 18, 2007, Saving Grace ran for a second season of 14 episodes which began on July 14, 2008 and ended on April 13, 2009. The first half of this season ran in the summer of 2008, and its second half ran in the spring of 2009.

The third season of Saving Grace began airing on June 16, 2009, shifting from the Monday night slot it had for the first two seasons to Tuesday night.[2] Season three ended sooner than planned, on August 18, 2009, due to Fox Television Studios' decision to cancel the show. Season four of the show will air in nine episodes beginning March 29, 2010.[3]

Cast/Characters

Episodes

Awards

U.S. Ratings

Season Timeslot Season Premiere Season Finale Viewers
Total
(in millions)
Viewers
Age 18-49
(in millions)
Viewers
Age 25-54
(in millions)
Date Viewers Total
(in millions)
Viewers
18-49
(in millions)
Viewers
25-54
(in millions)
Date Viewers Total
(in millions)
Viewers
18-49
(in millions)
Viewers
25-54
(in millions)
1st Monday 10:00PM July 23, 2007 6.4[4] 1.94[4] 2.47[4] December 18, 2007
2nd Monday 10:00PM July 14, 2008 5.2[5] 1.61[5] 2.29[5] April 13, 2009
3rd Tuesday 10:00PM June 16, 2009 3.5[6] 1.6[6]

For calendar-year 2008 on a first-run basis, the series garnered 1.59 million adults in the 18-49 demo. [1]

References

  1. ^ TNT - Saving Grace retrieved 2008-09-30
  2. ^ http://www.tvsquad.com/2009/04/30/tnt-putting-together-a-network-killing-summer-schedule
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Saving Grace Will Wrap Next Summer: TNT Wanted Full Fourth Season, But Studio Declined." Hollywood Reporter. August 13, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "The Futon Critic: 6.4 MILLION VIEWERS SEND TNT'S SAVING GRACE SOARING AS AD-SUPPORTED CABLE'S #1 SERIES PREMIERE OF 2007 (Released by TNT)". July 24, 2007. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20070724tnt01. 
  5. ^ a b c "The Futon Critic: TNT'S THE CLOSER SCORES AS AD-SUPPORTED CABLE'S #1 SERIES TELECAST FOR THE YEAR-TO-DATE, WITH MORE THAN 7.8 MILLION VIEWERS (Released by TNT)". July 15, 2008. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?date=07/15/08&id=20080715tnt01. 
  6. ^ a b "TNT SUMMER STRATEGY GETS STRONG START WITH TWO SOLID NIGHTS OF ORIGINALS, PAVING THE WAY FOR THIRD NIGHT IN JULY (Released by TNT)". June 24, 2009. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20090624tnt01. 

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