Barry Switzer is no stranger to Hollywood. His credit list is getting long. Switzer has played himself or a quite-the-character coach on "Arli$$” and "Coach” for the small screen and "Any Given Sunday,” "Varsity Blues” and "Possums” for the silver screen.
And now he's back. Switzer will play himself on the Aug. 11 episode of "Saving Grace,” the TNT drama that is set in Oklahoma City and stars Holly Hunter as a troubled police detective who is counseled by an angel. "It's over the top,” Switzer said. "Holly Hunter's pretty sexy. A rogue. It's about saving a girl that's lost.” Switzer obviously knows more about the premise than I do. I haven't seen "Saving Grace,” beyond a couple of clips. Some like the show from an OKC perspective; it's cool to see Oklahoma City cop cars and catch the decidedly Oklahoma names of characters. Hanadarko. Stillwater. Dewey. Ada. Perry. Others, not so excited. The media critics at thelostogle.com, for instance, decry the appearance of a palm tree in the foreground of a kiosk selling Sooner gear. The show's creator and executive producer, Nancy Miller, grew up in Oklahoma City and is a big OU fan.
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