Tuesday, July 24, 2007

What I'm Watching: Saving Grace

Saving Grace: Season 1, Episode 1 "Bring It On, Earl" (C)

I somewhat like the idea for this show, but the execution comes off as a bit slow and kind of out-there. The angel Earl, perfectly played by Leon Rippy, walking around with his very fake-looking wings, is a fun character but his purpose and mission, as accepted by Grace, seem strange. Everyone so readily accepts the presence of this angel, even selfish drunk Grace. Holly Hunter gives a great performance as the title character, and she is surrounded by a bizarre and adequate ensemble including Laura San Giacomo and Kenny Johnson (Lem from "The Shield"). All in all, the combination of a less-than-riveting crime drama and a fancy angel presence does not mesh together so well here. I am willing to tune in again next week, but after that...?

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