Posted: 06/14/2009



by Elaine Hegwood Bowen

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Season 3 of Saving Grace on cable television’s TNT station premieres Tuesday, June 16, at 10 p.m. EST, with Holly Hunter returning in her acclaimed performance as Oklahoma City Police Det. Grace Hanadarko.
Grace is a gutsy detective who manages to balance her personal life against her professional live as she solves gritty crimes on the streets of Oklahoma City.

The first season of Saving Grace ranked as one of “ad-supported cable’s top new series of 2007,” averaging 4.7 million viewers, and the new season promises to be just as good with episodes kicked up a notch or two.

Grace, in juggling her job duties, is also juggling a relationship with her partner, Ham, played by Kenneth Johnson, who last season was granted a divorce from his wife.

Grace’s boss, Capt. Kate Perry, is played by Lorraine Toussaint, who also starred in Saving Grace creator’s 1990-era show titled Any Day Now.

The first episode of the new season is titled We’re Already Here, which has Grace and the angel who’s always by her side, Earl, trying to bust a Crystal meth lab and save the drug dealer’s girlfriend, who it is determined is being physically abused. Earl might not have such a hard job “willing the girlfriend to heaven,” because she’s already a believer.

Grace, as usual, does things her own way, which gets her in hot water with Capt. Perry, when the drug user ends up being shot, after Grace enlists help in illegally towing his truck, so she can enter the house and check on the girlfriend.

Season 2 ended with an episode titled I Believe in Angels, which had actor Bokeem Woodbine playing a death-row inmate named Leon Cooley who yearns for a last visit from Grace. In this episode, Grace has a dream that she’s been shot, and she also dreams that a young drug addict shares a personal connection with Earl. After Cooley’s execution, Grace seems disconnected and as if her life has been slightly fractured.

Other cast members include Laura San Giacomo, who plays Rhetta Rodriquez, Grace’s best friend; and Leon Rippy as Earl, among other outstanding actors.

If Season 3 of Saving Grace is anywhere as entertaining as the first two seasons, then cable television viewers are in for a treat. Tune in for Season 3 of Saving Grace, beginning Tuesday, June 16, at 10 p.m. EST on cable television station TNT.

Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic living in Chicago.

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