TNT announced on Friday (Aug. 14) that the Emmy nominated drama “Saving Grace” will end its run next summer.
“Since ‘Saving Grace’ began in 2007, the series has both challenged and entertained viewers in ways few other shows on television ever dare,” states Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in TNT’s press release. “The show”s continued success is thanks to the amazing talents of Holly Hunter and Nancy Miller, along with a tremendous ensemble cast and a highly skilled production team. They have taken us on a unique journey, and we look forward to seeing where it will ultimately lead.”
According to industry scuttlebutt, the decision to end the series was actually made by the show’s production company, Fox Television Studios, rather than TNT. The cable network, in fact, reportedly wanted a fourth season, but the financial risk was too great for the studio.
Approaching its mid-season summer finale on Aug. 18, “Saving Grace” had six episodes left in its third-season order and was expected to return with next episodes in the winter. Instead, the season order has been extended by three episodes and the show’s last nine episodes will air in the summer of 2010.
In addition to earning consecutive Emmy nominations for star Holly Hunter, “Saving Grace” has been a solid performer for TNT, averaging more than 3.5 million viewers per episode during its run this summer.