‘Saving Grace’: Touched by an angel

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Holly Holly Hunter receives some smart heavenly advice in “Saving Grace,” the TNT drama series that returns for its third season June 16. Hunter plays Grace Hanadarko, an Oklahoma City police detective who partied hard and saw her life spinning out of control before angel Leon Rippy (known to many from his stint behind the bar on “Deadwood”) persuaded her to get her act together. TNT is finding sizeable audiences for their original series — “The Closer,” “Raising the Bar,” “Leverage” — and “Saving Grace” taps into the zeitgeist of eccentric women characters on cable who don’t necessarily get things done in traditional ways, but always with panache and on their own terms.

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  2. Grâce Hanadarko et son amie, Laura San Giacomo jouer l’amitié entre la réflexion. J’aime l’amitié entre eux.

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  4. I like the portrayal of the friendship between Grace Hanadarko and her friend as played by Laura San Giacomo. How do you think this adds to the dynamic of the show?

  5. I like the portrayal of the friendship between Grace Hanadarko and her friend as played by Laura San Giacomo. How do you think this adds to the dynamic of the show?

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  16. T. Bell
    I am amazed by this character, ‘cept she was on the OTHER side of the law. I have lived in OKC. I know this character, and it’s uncanny how Hunter portrays her.!!!!

  17. lv store says:

    T. Bell
    I am amazed by this character, ‘cept she was on the OTHER side of the law. I have lived in OKC. I know this character, and it’s uncanny how Hunter portrays her.

  18. T. Bell says:

    I am amazed by this character, ‘cept she was on the OTHER side of the law. I have lived in OKC. I know this character, and it’s uncanny how Hunter portrays her.
    Question: How did you research or derive this character?

  19. Is the show in other countries yet?

  20. Are there any spin-offs? The characters are all very rich!

  21. Casey says:

    First, I loved that you showed the terror of a character facing their own state sanctioned murder. My question is; What kind of double standards have you encountered with standards and practices.

  22. Arlene says:

    I love how Grace’s smoking, boozing, & all around sexiness stands out against her historical background — the OK bombing, child molestation, rape — all that rage & pain — how does she manage to stay so funny & empathic?
    Thank you for many hours of great TV.

  23. Sue Claire says:

    You have been creatively involved with TV series with female lead characters, such as “Saving Grace” and male leading characters. Is there a difference in the presentation, writing or other aspects of the creative process in the two types of shows?

  24. TV Watcher says:

    Holly Hunter’s character smokes, drinks and sleeps around…all to excess and is very tough on her family sometimes. What do you think keeps her character likable?

  25. Sue Maple says:

    I like the portrayal of the friendship between Grace Hanadarko and her friend as played by Laura San Giacomo. How do you think this adds to the dynamic of the show?

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