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“Saving Grace,” the TV show about an Oklahoma City police woman who encounters an angel, premiered July 23 and it has been already become a hot topic of conversation in our office.
The show stars actress Holly Hunter as detective-on-the-edge, Grace Hanadarko. Actor Leon Rippy portrays a scruffy-looking angel named Earl who claims God sent him to help Grace turn her life around.
What sparked the conversations around our office water cooler?
For starters, the show is based on a character who is supposed to be living in Oklahoma City. There’s a scene where Grace and her nephew are at the Oklahoma City National Memorial discussing the April 19, 1995 tragedy.
Then there are the racy sex scenes, alcohol consumption to excess and lots of cursing.
This is a show with two central themes, as I see it. It’s a crime drama and Grace is obviously dedicated to her work. It is also a show that will focus on faith (She can’t deny that there’s an angel popping in and out of her life).
I’m wondering if viewers turned off by the raunchy antics, drinking and swearing will give Grace and Earl the time of day. There’s also a question about whether the faith aspect will cause folks to shy away, particularly those who just tuned in to see a simple crime show (are there any simple crime shows anymore?).
TV editor Penny Hanley, former religion editor Pat Gilliland, police reporter Augie Frost and I will discuss our observations about the show in a NewsOK.com podcast on Monday, (July 30) the day the second episode of “Saving Grace” is to air on TNT.
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