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‘Saving Grace’ begins 3rd season

Penny Soldan, TV Editor Published: June 16, 2009
Holly Hunter calls the Oklahoma City Police Department quite regularly these days.

She wants to get the facts right for her series "Saving Grace,” which begins its third season at 9 tonight on TNT. She plays Oklahoma City police detective Grace Hanadarko on the show, for which she also is an executive producer.

And she appreciates police Sgts. Paco Balderrama and Brian Picklo, police detective Cris Cunningham and police Master Sgt. Gary Knight for their assistance.

"They’re used to me calling, and I don’t even have to introduce myself,” Hunter said in a recent phone interview with The Oklahoman. "It’s like, ‘Hey Paco, you got two seconds? What do you think about this?’

"Or I’ll call Brian and say, ‘What would you say here, or did this ever happen to you?’ The conversation sometimes lasts 30 seconds, and sometimes it will last a lot longer.

"I feel blessed to have those guys. The whole department has been extremely generous for years.”

Last year, Hunter won a Gracie Allen Award for her realistic portrayal of the detective with a troubled past and a last-chance angel named Earl. So did Oklahoma City native Nancy Miller, creator and executive producer for "Saving Grace.”

This season will present new challenges for the cast and writing staff. And Hunter is excited about what the future holds for Grace — the longest part she’s had in her career that includes an Oscar, two Emmys and a Golden Globe.

"Saving Grace”

When: 9 p.m. Tuesdays on TNT. Season 3 premieres tonight

Stars: Holly Hunter (Grace Hanadarko), Leon Rippy (last-chance angel Earl), Kenneth Johnson (Ham Dewey), Bailey Chase (Butch Ada), Gregory Cruz (Bobby Stillwater), Lorraine Toussaint (Kate Perry), Laura San Giacomo (Rhetta Rodriguez).

Summary: Oklahoma City police detective Hanadarko investigates crimes while trying to balance her relationship with her partner, Ham. She also must figure out cryptic messages from her last-chance angel, Earl.

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