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EXCLUSIVE! 'Saving Grace' Final Season Sneak Peek (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 26th 2010 2:30PM
Saving GraceOne of our favorite boozing TV detectives, Grace Hanadarko, is back in action on 'Saving Grace' (Mon., March 29 at 10PM ET on TNT) and we've got an exclusive clip from the final season's premiere.

In the season premiere, Grace (Holly Hunter) meets a mysterious stranger and takes him home from church. A concerned Rhetta (Laura San Giacomo) consults the always dependable Internet and finds Grace's mysterious new beau hasn't been very truthful. What does she find? We'll let you find out in the video. However, please tell us you what thought about Grace's bizarre reaction.

Check out the video after the jump.

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'Family Guy' Actress With Down Syndrome Diffuses Sarah Palin's Latest TV Outrage

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 23rd 2010 10:00AM
Family Guy, Down Syndrome, Sarah PalinSarah Palin, a media gadfly who seems to have found more things to be offended about on television than the Parents Television Council, seems to pop up every time there is a joke about her and her family.

This time, Ellen, a character with Down syndrome voiced by actress Andrea Fay Friedman who also has Down syndrome, goes on a date with Chris and says that her mother is "the former Governor of Alaska." This sent the Palin family into an anger spiral that prompted her to trash the show and characterize it as an attack on her young son Trig, who also has Down syndrome, and everyone suffering from mental illness.

However, what Palin and the rest of the outraged among us fail to realize is that they suffer from a far greater disability: a lack of a sense of humor.

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Final Season of 'Saving Grace' Begins March 29

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 5th 2010 5:42PM
Saving GraceTNT has set a premiere date for the final season of 'Saving Grace.'

According to TVGuide.com, the Holly Hunter vehicle will commence on Mar. 29 with back-to-back episodes at 9PM ET. It will then return to its regular timeslot at 10PM on Apr. 5, where it will kick off its remaining six episodes.

But don't get too excited: The report also says that the 2010 NBA playoffs will put the show on temporary hiatus starting April 19.

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Kate Winslet Eyes 'Mildred Pierce' Miniseries & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 14th 2009 2:00PM
Kate WinsletKate Winslet may play the lead in a new miniseries adaptation of 'Mildred Pierce,' to be written and directed by 'Far From Heaven''s Todd Haynes.

Also in the news today: Comedy Central cancels 'Reno 911!,' while TNT schedules the final season of 'Saving Grace.'

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.

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Mayim Bialik talks about her faith and her return to acting

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 14th 2009 1:00PM
saving grace mayim bialik
I suppose if you want to be cynical, you could say that Mayim Bialik is in the midst of a comeback, with several recent television roles, including guest stints on Bones, Secret Life of the American Teenager, and now, Saving Grace. However, it's not as though the erstwhile star of Blossom has spent the last fifteen years sitting around waiting for the phone to ring. After the series' end, she attended UCLA, got married, had two children, and even earned her PhD last year.

Ms. (er, Dr.) Bialik has indeed been busy, but she is now looking to make her way back into Hollywood. She's guest-starring on Saving Grace tonight as Esther, a Hasidic Jewish mother of seven, whose own mother is found murdered in a field full of dead cows. I spoke with Mayim about Saving Grace, the lasting legacy of Blossom, and how she hopes people see her today.

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2009 Summer Returning TV Show Season Premieres

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 21st 2009 5:00PM
Mad Men'Grey's Anatomy,' 'The Office' and 'American Idol' may be over, but the 2009 TV season is just heating up.

We're giving you the lowdown on all of this summer's hottest returning shows -- 'Mad Men,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'The Closer,' just to name a few -- to keep TV fans cooking over the next three months.

Check out all the big returning shows in our 2009 Summer TV gallery.





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TNT putting together a network-killing summer schedule

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 30th 2009 9:30AM
Leverage

When the networks go into summer hibernation, it's time for the cable networks to come out and play. While they've been making inroads with fall and spring original programming, most cable networks stick to the summer frame where competition is light and they put up huge numbers that NBC would envy. TNT added a few shows to achieve a three-night schedule of original programming this summer, bringing it closer and closer to full network programming levels. And TNT knows a thing or two about massive ratings hits.

They're coupling smash hit The Closer at 9 PM ET with Raising the Bar at 10 on Mondays starting June 8. Bar launched huge and secured a renewal before everyone realized what a huge steaming pile of crap it was. So now it's got the cushiest timeslot on the network to try and win back all the viewers it pissed away. Let's hope they've improved the product and Felicityed Mark Paul-Gosselaar's hair.

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What to Watch Monday, April 13

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 13th 2009 5:00AM
Chuck'Chuck'
(8PM, NBC)
Fanboys and fangirls everywhere had to love last week's 'Chuck,' in which our hero finally reunited with his long-lost papa ('Quantum Leap'-er Scott Bakula) and found out the senior Bartowski also happens to be Orion, the man behind the Intersect.

Tonight, with Papa Bartowski in the hands of his nemesis Roark (Chevy Chase) and Fulcrum, it's up to Chuck to save him, but he has to turn to his own nemesis – Fulcrum-aligned ex-girlfriend Jill (Jordana Brewster) – for help.

Meanwhile, anyone who's worried that the delightful Mr. Bartowski and his Buy More cronies might not see a third season may want to throw their support behind these 'Save Chuck' efforts.


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What to Watch Monday, March 2

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 2nd 2009 5:00AM
The Bachelor'The Bachelor'
(8PM, ABC) 13th season finale
The question may not be who, if anyone, gets the $68,000 engagement ring in Jason's possession. The question, if Internet rumors are to be believed, is who wins and keeps Jason's heart.

The charming single dad has narrowed it down to Melissa and Molly, who he takes on final dates in New Zealand before introducing them to son Ty and exposing them to questions from his family.

At the final rose ceremony, Jason does give his heart, and maybe the ring, to one woman, but we hear that the choice may not stick through the 'After the Final Rose' special at 10PM, and tomorrow night's unprecedented second 'After the Final Rose' episode (10PM).


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Top TV Stories of 2008: The rise of the cable networks

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 2nd 2009 10:00AM
Burn Notice
Everybody's been boo-hooing the ongoing decline in the ratings of the broadcast networks for years now. Each year their numbers erode and the news outlets go crazy trying to figure out what's going on. But there's been a quieter story building during that same timespan, and it really came to the forefront this year. While the major broadcast networks have seen a drop in viewers, the cable networks have been busting ratings records all year, culminating with USA not only having the best year of any cable channel in 2008, but having the best year in the history of cable television.

But what does that mean for television, in general? Is it just the continuing evolution of a drastically changing medium? Considering the state of the economy and its impact on the networks, it's definitely worth noting that someone on the airwaves is apparently doing something right, and it's these cable channels. Ironically, many of those same success stories in cable are sister stations to the broadcast networks, even going so far as to lend them shows during that pesky writer's strike. But how can it be that while the Big Four are going down, the cable networks are on the rise?

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Cable detectives, lawyers and vampires quickly renewed

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 19th 2008 9:02AM
Raising the BarIn a time when networks are so quick to pull the plug on new series, it is absolutely stunning that two of this season's newest cable series have already been picked up for a second season. What's even more surprising is that one renewed show is Stephen Bochco's terrible Raising the Bar. After setting a record for a series debut on basic cable with 7.7 million viewers, 2.2 million people asked themselves what the hell they were watching, and the series settled into an average of 5.5 mil. But it's only been three weeks?

Surely, more of its viewers will realize that the show is absolutely terrible? From Gosselaar's bleeding heart crying to the bitching between his friends and Jane Kaczmarek's crazy judge, there's more leaps in logic and good sense than in Prison Break. The show makes Boston Legal look like a courtroom documentary. TNT also picked up Holly Hunter's Saving Grace after a respectable summer run.

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Raising the Bar -- an early look

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 26th 2008 1:00PM
raising the bar
TNT's original dramas are kind of hit or miss for me. I'm absolutely in love with The Closer, but have zero interest in Saving Grace, despite its good reviews and Holly Hunter's Emmy nomination. It was while I was watching The Closer that I saw the ads for Raising the Bar, TNT's newest series, which premieres on Monday, September 1 at 10 pm. I've got to say, I had the same reaction when I first saw promos for Saving Grace: "meh."

I love a good lawyer show, but there was something about Raising the Bar that just struck me as bland. I really didn't know if I'd even bother checking out the premiere. However, when I got the chance to see the first three episodes, I decided to jump on it. This way I could check it out at my leisure, but more importantly, I could figure out just what the hell is going on with Mark-Paul Gosselaar's hair.

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What to Watch Monday, Aug. 25

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 25th 2008 6:00AM
'My Super Sweet 16: Exiled'
(10:30PM, MTV) series premiere
Today's secret word: Schadenfreude! Who can blame anyone for taking a bit of pleasure in the discomfort of the 'Exiled' stars, who were plucked from MTV's My Super Sweet 16' and sent off for a reality (TV) check.

Yep, their six-figure soirees are a thing of the past, as their fed-up 'rents send them to live with the locals in Amazon jungles, the frosty Arctic Circle and the most remote islands of the South Pacific -- sans their designer duds and swanky cars.

How will self-proclaimed "divo" Bjorn, pampered princess Amanda and Gnarls Barkley offspring Sierra react? Like the spoiled kiddies they are ...



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TNT okays single-mom/nurse drama

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 31st 2008 5:23PM
logo tntIf you like strong women on TV, the kind you've been seeing on TNT in The Closer and Saving Grace, you'll be happy to hear that the network has more formidible females on tap. TNT has given the greenlight to a new drama called Time Heals. And with the kind of top notch talent behind the scenes, I can't imagine this drama not making it to air.

The guy who is creating the show, John Masius, is an Emmy-winning writer, having grabbed two Emmys when he worked on St. Elsewhere. So, yeah, this is sounding better and better because Masius knows about medical drama and Time Heals is the story of Nancy Hawthorne, a single mother who is the head of nursing at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. She's the type of woman who really cares about her patients and becomes emotionally involved in her job.

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What to Watch Monday, July 28

by Kim Potts, posted Jul 28th 2008 6:00AM
'Secret Diary of a Call Girl'
(10:30PM, Showtime)
Against her better judgment, Belle/Hannah decides to mix business with the business of pleasure when she allows pal Ben to join her with a pair of married clients in tonight's penultimate season one episode.

The result: Weirdness. Lots of weirdness.

Ben wants to join in, he says, because he's curious about this secret life of Belle's, and wants to make sure her work situations are as safe as she claims. The marrieds have booked Belle to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary with a foursome (and here we thought the 15th anniversary gift was crystal), but when they fancy each other more than Belle and Ben, Ben starts to have some not-so-platonic feelings for his gal pal.

And, it turns out, this isn't the first time the issue, among, ahem, other things, has popped up ...

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