Holly Hunter losing 'Saving Grace'
Oscar winner Holly Hunter ("The Piano") has earned an Emmy nod for each of the first two seasons of "Saving Grace." But today, TNT announced that the crime drama will solve its last case next summer. The cable network will push back the previously announced winter run of the remaining six shows in Season 3 of "Saving Grace" and Fox will film just three more episodes to tie up loose ends. While TNT wanted to continue with "Saving Grace," Fox decided to end production on the show after disappointing overseas and DVD sales.
"Saving Grace" is the first TV series for Hunter. Last year, she lost the lead actress in a drama Emmy race to Glenn Close for the FX legal thriller "Damages." Both are in the running again this year, up against 2007 champ Sally Field ("Brothers and Sisters"), 2006 winner Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU"), four-time nominee Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") and newcomer Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men").
The last new episode of this summer's run of "Saving Grace" airs Monday night. As with "Mad Men," Hunter could benefit from Emmy voters watching her kick butt in new installments of the show while they watch her episode submission, the Season 2 opener, "Have a Seat, Earl."
Hunter already has two Emmys on her crowded mantel, having won on each of her first two nods in the lead actress in a TV movie or mini race for "Roe vs. Wade" (1989) and "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleading-Murdering Mom" (1993). 1993 was a great year for Hunter, as she also won her only Oscar for her starring role in "The Piano" and picked up a supporting nod for "The Firm." She lost that race to Anna Paquin, who played her daughter in "The Piano."
Hunter has two other Oscar noms (1987 lead - "Broadcast News"; 2004 supporting - "Thirteen") and three other Emmy nods (2000 lead movie/mini - "Harlan County War"; 2001 lead movie/mini - "When Billie Beat Bobby"; and 2001 supporting movie/mini - "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her").