TNT renews ‘Grace,’ ‘Bar’

New dramas include 'Leverage,' 'Trust Me'

Solidifying its slate of original dramas, TNT announced renewals for “Saving Grace” and “Raising the Bar” on Tuesday.

“Grace,” which stars Holly Hunter as a troubled yet effective Oklahoma City cop, averaged 4.4 million viewers this summer, airing seven of the 15 episodes in its sophomore season. The final eight second-season installments of the show, from Fox TV Studios, will air starting in March. With renewal, a 15-episode third campaign will bow later in 2009.

Meanwhile, with three episodes having aired, the Steven Bochco-produced legal drama “Raising the Bar” has averaged 5.5 million viewers, with the premiere episode drawing a record 7.7 million viewers on Sept. 1.

“Raising the Bar,” which stars Jane Kaczmarek, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Gloria Reuben, will complete its frosh campaign in November. Ensembler from ABC Studios will bow a 15-episode second season in 2009.

TNT has yet to announce a season-five renewal for its seminal original drama “The Closer,” which culminated the first two-thirds of its fourth campaign Monday, averaging 7.3 million viewers over the summer. Sources close to the network say a renewal announcement should occur soon. The final five episodes of season four will bow in January.

TNT has two other new original dramas on tap. The Dean Devlin-produced “Leverage,” which stars Timothy Hutton as a Robin Hood-like former insurance adjuster, is set to premiere in December. Meanwhile, “Trust Me,” which stars Tom Cavanagh and Eric McCormack as friends and colleagues at a Chicago ad agency, will bow in January.