Hunter, Williams line up for TNT dramas

Cable channel readies 'Grace,' 'Heartland'

Corrections were made to this article on December 13, 2006.

Holly Hunter and Treat Williams are readying to star in a pair of new dramas for TNT.

Cabler is nearing deals to greenlight both the Hunter starrer “Grace,” about a jaded cop who’s offered a chance at redemption, and “Heartland,” in which Williams portrays a workaholic surgeon whose personal life is flailing.

At the same time, TNT has opted not to pick up a second season of drama “Saved,” starring Tom Everett Scott as an EMT with a gambling problem.

Number of episodes ordered for “Grace” and “Heartland” has not been determined, though TNT typically makes 13-episode commitments to its one-hour projects.

“Heartland” is expected to serve as the new companion series for “The Closer,” the highly rated police procedural starring Kyra Sedgwick that will begin its third season in early June. “Heartland” will fill in the 10 p.m. Monday timeslot previously occupied by “Saved.”

TNT is said to be eyeing opening up a new night of originals with “Grace,” which will likely premiere later in the summer on a different night at 10.

“Grace” revolves around an Oklahoma City police detective (Hunter) who’s become embittered following her sister’s death in the 1995 attack on the Murrah Federal Building. Things seem to be going downhill until she starts receiving visits from an irascible angel determined to turn her life around.

Fox TV Studios is producing the show created by Nancy Miller. Miller, Gary A. Randall and Artie Mandelberg are exec producers. Pilot was directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan .

“Heartland,” from David Hollander and Warner Horizon TV, follows an intense, ambitious heart transplant surgeon (Williams) whose devotion to his work takes a toll on his relationships. Kari Matchett plays his estranged wife, who works at the same hospital.

Hollander wrote and directed the pilot and exec produces.

Net had picked up both hours to pilot over the summer. Still under series consideration is crime procedural “The Line-Up,” from William Finkelstein and Warner Horizon and starring Rocky Carroll, Tia Texada and John Heard.

“Saved” cancellation arrives after the rookie drama retained little more than half of the audience brought in by its lead-in, “The Closer,” which averaged a big 6.7 million viewers in its last cycle.