After four seasons on TNT, the often-controversial spiritual/cop drama “Saving Grace” will make its series finale Monday night. Created, produced and written by Oklahoma native Nancy Miller, the show centers around Oklahoma City police detective Grace Hanadarko, played by Academy Award winner Holly Hunter.
“We will not soon forget the experience of having an Oscar-winning actress portray an Oklahoma City police officer in a hit national television show created by one of our own,” says Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett in a news release. “We are appreciative to Nancy Miller and the cast and crew of Saving Grace for highlighting Oklahoma City.”
In 2007, “Saving Grace” writers and cast made a trip to Oklahoma City to understand and learn about the city they were portraying onscreen. While here they met with members of the police department, toured various sites around the state, and attended local athletic events. Although the series was never shot in Oklahoma, many second unit shots we filmed here for the show.
“Through ‘Saving Grace,’ Nancy was able to share with a national audience, an updated image of Oklahoma and its culture in a way that has made us proud,” says Jill Simpson, director of the Oklahoma Film & Music Office, in the release.
Saving Grace made its series premiere on July 23, 2007. The ensemble cast includes Leon Rippy, Kenneth Johnson, Bailey Chase, and Gregory Cruz, with Lorraine Toussaint and Laura San Giacomo.
Miller is not a stranger to television drama success. From 1998-2002 she served as creator/executive producer/writer for the Lifetime series “Any Day Now.” From 2002-03, she was executive producer for “CSI Miami.” In 2005, she was executive producer for TNT’s “The Closer.” Most recently she was the recipient of the Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Producer- Entertainment Series in 2008 for “Saving Grace.”
In 2008 and 2009, Hunter was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series; in 2008 she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series- Drama; and in 2008, 2009, and 2010 was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.
“Saving Grace” follows the misadventures of hard-living, hard-drinking Detective Grace Hanadarko who receives visits from an unconventional angel named Earl (Rippy). Earl has been sent to guide Grace to her last chance at redemption.
The final two new episodes of the series will air at 8 and 9 p.m. Monday on TNT.