The Oklahoma City-set spiritual/cop drama “Saving Grace” will end its four-season run with back-to-back episodes at 8 and 9 tonight on TNT.
The final season ends with nine episodes. TNT had wanted a full-season order, but Fox Television Studios, which owns the show, declined for budgetary reasons, reports my colleague Mel Bracht.
The series about Grace Hanadarko, a hard-living Oklahoma City detective whose life is transformed by the appearance of a tobacco-chewing guardian angel named Earl (Leon Rippy), has proven to be a rewarding experience for series creator Nancy Miller, who hails from Oklahoma City.
“Ultimately, I’m glad I got to tell these stories,” Miller told The Oklahoman in August 2009. “I got to set a show in Oklahoma City, my hometown, tell the story of Grace Hanadarko and explore God. No one can take that away. I’m thrilled I got three years out of this. I wish we could go on creatively, but I can’t be that mad at Fox, you know? They’re losing money, and it’s a business.
“Now I just want to send Grace out in a great, great way,” she said. “Honor this character, these people and this city.”
Although the series was never shot in Oklahoma, many second unit shots we filmed here for the show. Also, Miller made many references to her home state and town in the show.