About a month ago a new show popped up on TV3: Saving Grace. Wikipedia tells us:
The plot focuses on Grace Hanadarko (Hunter), a chain smoking, binge drinking, promiscuous, adulterous, lying Oklahoma City police officer. Despite her many failings and her upbringing in a dysfunctional family, Grace is portrayed as a basically good person with many friends. In the series opener, Grace meets up with her own personal angel (Earl) after he stages an accident in which she appears to kill a pedestrian when she’s driving after one of her drinking binges. Earl tells her that he’s come to help her save herself from hell and to change her self-destructive lifestyle.
I watched it and was intrigued, if a little uncertain. I don’t favour overtly religious shows such as Touched by an Angel, but had enjoyed watching Joan of Arcadia
… about a teenage girl, Joan Girardi (played by Amber Tamblyn), who sees and speaks with God in the form of various people such as small children, teenage boys, elderly ladies, transients, passers by, etc. Joan is asked by God to perform tasks that often appear to be trivial or contrary, but always end up positively improving a larger situation.
Saving Grace was quirky and ‘different’. It seemed a little uneven, as shows so often are in their first few episodes. I saw the second show a week later and decided this was definitely one to watch.
Except then it disappeared from TV3. The promos and the Listener all claimed it would be on, but instead there was suddenly a repeat of Bones (also an excellent show, but not what I was anticipating).
My partner, who reads newspapers, tells me TV3 cancelled Saving Grace because it wasn’t rating. After a measly two episodes? Come on!
One of the most intriguing things about Saving Grace was its difference. It wasn’t the same old show.
My favourites include Bones, NCIS, The Closer — they are all excellent programmes in my opinion, but, to be brutally honest, they are all the same. Grace was different. It felt different. It was about a hard-drinking, partying woman who can look after herself, but was also looking for something, although she didn’t accept it.
I think that’s why it was suddenly removed: it didn’t fit the formula. It was interesting and somewhat provoking.
TV schedules, on most channels, including TV3 are full of garbage — the totally unreal ‘reality’ TV, with its suspenseful and ‘meaningful’ music and ‘dramatic’ pauses and fake competition.
Thank heaven for video podcasts such as GeekBrief TV, WebbAlert, ScreenCastsOnline (affiliate link), Rocketboom, KQED Quest, NASACast video, National Geographic Video Shorts, TERRA: The Nature of our World, and the fabulous TEDTalks.