Turner Network Television's (TNT) Emmy nominated show, Saving Grace, is one of television's most controversial and innovative dramas, starring the always brilliant Oscar winning Holly Hunter
as Grace Hanadarko. A detective in Oklahoma City, Grace is offered a chance to redeem her life by a grizzly old angel named Earl, played by Deadwood alumni Leon Rippy.
Grace is the walking definition of self-destructive; a heavy drinking, chain smoking, sex- addicted homicide cop who can't get her act together. Her only attempt at stability is her ability to get home to her dog on time for happy hour. Raised in a very Catholic family, including a brother that's a priest, she can't reconcile her lifestyle with her faith. Through the help of Earl and her understanding childhood best friend, Rhetta (a subtly powerful Laura San Giacomo
), Grace uncovers The Truth
to her own past while solving everyday crimes in Oklahoma City.
Saving Grace is not your typical crime solving, cop drama. It's a character driven show about the frailties of life and how damages from the past can control and ruin a person's future. Hunter's portrayal of Grace is both enervating and poignant, showing a woman with flaws so deep, it scratches the underbelly of society while it rips her to pieces. Her past haunts her like a recurring sexual disease that pops up unexpectedly and has no cure. Her road to redemption, and whether she will succeed or fail, is what makes Saving Grace one of the best shows on cable television.