Posted: 03/29/2010


Season Premiere of Saving Grace, Airing On TNT March 29


by Laura Tucker

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Since the beginning of Saving Grace, the series seems to both back up and challenge what we know and believe about heaven and earth and angels. The premiere of its final season, airing March 29 on TNT, continues that theme as it picks up right where it left off at the end of the last season.

At the end of last season, Grace (Holly Hunter) had saved Neely (Yaani King) from her fall off a building. Neely had done this to to prove the existence of her angel, Earl (Leon Rippy), and felt sure if she jumped, she would be saved, which Grace did. Both of them came off it seemingly unharmed.

As the series opens this season, Grace and Neely have been taken to a hospital for observation, and Grace is being called “Angel Cop” by the press having been caught on tape with her heroics. Neely talks to the press and tells them that both her and Grace share the same angel, which of course only sets people talking even more. Earl tries to convince Neely that this jump was a risky move for her to do, as there was no guarantee she would be saved.

Grace is still trying to process everything herself and sneaks out of the hospital. She goes to see a mysterious stranger, and we know something’s up with him. He doesn’t seem to be mortal, forcing us to ask, is this another angel? Is this God? Is this the Devil? Who is this? We find out, just as Grace herself begins to, and along the way it challenges all the things we know, just as the series always does.

In other matters in the series, Ham’s father is not happy to find out Ham (Kenny Johnson) is dating his deceased brother’s widow. His dad is enraged that Ham could do this to the family, not seeing that their grief brought them together. In police matters, there’s a dog mauling to investigate that comes up as everyone is at the hospital to get information on Grace. The more they look into it, the more it doesn’t seem so accidental.

What’s fascinating about each of these episodes is always Hunter’s acting along the way. It always seems like we can see everything going on in her head, which is usually a lot. In this particular episode, there’s still a lot going on, and her emotions are taken through the whole gamut, as we go right along with her for the ride. From the way this first episode ends, we’re in for a lot more throughout this season.

You can watch the final season premiere of Saving Grace on TNT, March 29 at 10 PM ET.

Laura Tucker is the webmaster of Reality Shack and its accompanying Reality Shack Blog, provides reviews at Viewpoints, and provides entertainment news pieces at Gather. She is also an Instructor and 2nd dan black belt in tae kwon do with South Elgin Martial Arts. Laura can be reached at

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