Okie stereotypes? Check.
Obligatory tornado references in casual conversation? Check.
Other assorted cornpone flavor in the storyline, just to let the viewer know this show has Oklahoma City as its setting? Check.
Yes, that’s what we got with Monday’s premiere of TNT’s “Saving Grace.” My wife and I watched with interest, just because we wanted to see how an Oklahoma-raised screenwriter would treat a storyline that has Oklahoma City as its backdrop. The show wasn’t all bad, and there were some interesting story lines that popped up at the end with a nice scene at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. But crime lab specialists living on the farm (possible), 10-gallon hat-wearing police detectives (never seen one in OKC) and a bunch of other superficial references to Oklahoma dragged the show down in spots (I won’t get into how needlessly raw portions of the show, mainly the opening scene, really were). The topper? Following a teen crime suspect who, quite naturally, was spotted and subsequently arrested at a cattle auction. Come on, now.
I know, I know. The show is about Grace, the hard-living detective who apparently is being given one last chance by God to reconcile with Him before it’s too late (the archangel Earl is sent to nudge her back on the straight and narrow). But my advice is for the writers to keep it real and not beat us over the head with “F5 tornado” quips. There is still time.
Assistant City Editor