Detective Grace Hanadarko (Holly Hunter) and Earl the angel (Leon Rippy) in “Saving Grace.”
Oklahoma City-set police procedural/spiritual drama “Saving Grace” resumed its second season tonight with a chase for a serial killer that ranged from Heritage Hills to Warr Acres to Penn Square Mall and several OKC area points in between.
Detective Ham Dewey (Kenneth Johnson), Grace’s former partner and lover, returns from burying his brother, who died in Afghanistan. Detective Grace Hanadarko (Holly Hunter) partners with Abby Charles (guest star Christina Ricci), a patrol cop and single mom, and they get off to a rough start.
Ham is partnered with Detective Butch Ada (Bailey Chase) since Butch’s regular partner, Bobby Stillwater (Gregory Cruz), is working undercover and off the grid.
Of course, Grace’s second-chance angel Earl (Leon Rippy) is still hanging around, trying to get her to reform her wild ways and look into the case of convicted killer Leon Cooley (Bokeem Woodbine), whose time on death row could be getting short.
I’ve seen the first three new episodes featuring Ricci and feel like “Saving Grace” really is coming into its element, developing the characters and storylines slowly but steadily. Plus, it’s just plain fun to watch the series reference so many Oklahoma landmarks and cultural quirks.
In case you were wondering why we last saw Grace and the gang about six months ago, series creator/executive producer/writer Nancy Miller, who hails from OKC, says that TNT broke the second season into two halves, with a summer and spring segment. There will be seven new episodes to round out Season 2, with Season 3 set to start airing in summer.