Saving Grace *May Contain Spoilers*

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  1. rahkira

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    I didn’t think I’d like this show when I first watched ads for it. I’m not into My Name is Earl nor The Dukes of Hazzard, and I thought it would be just a redneck drama. Boy was I wrong. Holly Hunter gives the most stunning performance I have seen on TV in years, perhaps ever. In fact, all the characters are like imperfect people you’ve known; no CSI Miami “rich and/or famous”here. Grace is a single Oklahoma City (?) detective who lost her sister in the Oklahoma City bombing, the most horrible case of domestic terrorism in recent times. That started her on a downward spiral to which her dysfunctional family only adds. She’s involved with a married fellow detective, and she loves her booze and cigarettes. Oh, and she has recently acquired a scruffy, intellectual “guardian angel” (or is it archangel? Like I said, I missed the first epi, so am unsure on some facts) named Earl. He appears several times each epi, usually when Grace is having a problem with a case or her personal life, and the two of them spar verbally and humorously about humankind and religion (all different types are fair game) for less than a minute and he’s gone again. But you come away from each brief encounter thinking about their discussion.
    I love Kyra Sedgewick in the lead-in, Closer, but even she fades next to HH’s performance. I shouldn’t have been surprised, I guess. Holly Hunter won the Best Actress Oscar, as a very staid Victorian (?) woman in the Piano (in which she played her own piano solos – multi-talented, apparently). If the emmys are anything more than politics (and I’m not sure they are), she should win Best Actress, hands down.
     
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    She also has some great backup among the costars. Playing her sister Rhetta, the medical examiner, is Laura San Giacomo, who played Maya Gallo on Just Shoot Me. Lourraine Toussaint plays Captain Kate Perry. You might remember her from a few episodes of CSI as the mother of Dimitrius James, and she has appeared on Crossing Jordan, Law & Order, The Closer, Numb3rs, and much more. And playing the Angel Earl is Leon Rippy, formerly of Deadwood.
     
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    I love Saving Grace. Like you, I wasn't sure I'd like it, but now I'm hooked. Kenneth Johnson (I hope that's right) from The Shield plays Ham her married (but getting divorced) lover/partner. Holly Hunter is amazing, and I can't wait to see what's going to happen each week!:)
     
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    thefutoncritic's website says Christina Ricci will be doing a three episode arc this coming season. Now there's an intriguing image, Wednesday Addams discussing religion with Grace and Earl. :lol:
     
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    Yeah, but she will do a great job. Did anyone see her in Black Snake Moan? She was really good.

    I think that Grace is in love with Ham, but can't admit it to anyone, especially herself. Does anyone have any thoughts on that?:rolleyes:
     
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    Agree Grace may be in love with Ham, but she also treats him like her child sometimes. She's got so many issues she probably knows there's no way it's going anywhere right now. Then, in Sunday night's epi, when Ham needs someone, it's not Grace he calls; obviously he's not ready to go anywhere serious with her either. What, did he get a busy signal dialing Grace? These two need lots of therapy before they even think about being anything more than partners on a long-term basis. I wonder if hookups coming from the closeness built into the job happen to real life cops, too. You see that almost happening between Eliot and Olivia on SVU, also, so I'd guess their respective police advisors to the shows have mentioned this phenomenon.
     
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    The preview for tomorrow night's episode shows Ham asking for a new partner and Grace telling him she loves him! Hmmm... This should be really interesting!;)
     
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    Bad news from TV Guide online:

    Saving Grace to End Next Summer
    Aug 14, 2009 11:30 AM ET
    by Joyce Eng

    There's no Saving Grace: Holly Hunter's cop drama will wrap up next summer after its third season, TNT announced.

    The network had originally ordered a split 15-episode third season, with nine episodes currently running this summer and six to run in the winter. TNT has now tacked on three more episodes to the remaining six to allow producers to tie up loose ends. The last nine episodes will air in summer 2010.

    "Since Saving Grace began in 2007, the series has both challenged and entertained viewers in ways few other shows on television ever dare," said Michael Wright, TNT programming chief. "The show's continued success is thanks to the amazing talents of Holly Hunter and Nancy Miller, along with a tremendous ensemble cast and a highly skilled production team. They have taken us on a unique journey, and we look forward to seeing where it will ultimately lead."

    A reason for the cancellation was not given, but the series, with Oscar winner Hunter in the lead, is expensive to produce.

    Grace, which follows Hunter's promiscuous, tough-as-nails Det. Grace Hanadarko, has enjoyed critical acclaim and solid ratings since its debut. Hunter earned her second-straight Emmy nomination for the role last month and the series has averaged 3.5 million viewers going into Tuesday's summer finale.
     
  9. Shytownmofo

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    From what I understand, it's about money. The show is produced by Fox Studios, who are notorious for killing shows and not giving them a chance, and I guess that the deal they have with TNT Network is not a very profitable one. The show is expensive to produce, and I guess Fox isn't making enough money from it.

    This really ticks me off, because it's a magnificent show. Definitely one of the best shows on television. It's so fresh, and pushes the envelope and explores issues of religion and faith without being preachy. Plus Grace is one of the most complex and interesting characters on television, period. Just goes to show, anything that's original and fresh gets cancelled, while any of this prefab reality dreck stays year after year. Boo!
     

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