Studio loses money, axes ‘Saving Grace’

GEORGE LANG Published: August 15, 2009
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"Saving Grace,” the spiritual detective drama starring Holly Hunter and set in Oklahoma City, will end its run next summer with an abbreviated nine-episode season. According to the show’s creator, Nancy Miller, TNT wanted a full-season order for the series, but Fox, the show’s studio, declined for budgetary reasons.

"It’s pretty uncommon — it is,” Miller said in a phone interview with The Oklahoman. "From a business point of view, Fox feels like it has lost money on the show. The DVDs are not selling, they can’t sell it foreign, and they’ve already lost a lot of money, and they don’t see any of that changing. So to continue would just mean losing more money.”

Despite the negative ink on the show’s balance sheets, Miller said she was surprised by the decision: generally, if a network requests a full order on a series, the producing studio delivers. Miller, an Oklahoma City native, said she met with network officials two weeks ago to discuss upcoming storylines and character development. But because Fox holds the rights to the series, which debuted in July 2007, there are no options for carrying it to another studio.

Michael Wright, head of programming for TNT, told The Hollywood Reporter that he was disappointed to be losing the show prematurely.