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It's Switzer Time on TNT, Or: That's My Barry!

Matt Hinton
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I, like Sooner blog Crimson and Cream Machine, am entirely unfamiliar with the TNT series Saving Grace. From the title alone, it could be almost anything:

• A Grey's Anatomy spin-off about the fight to protect the overwhelmed yet determined Grey's gang's beloved hangout from ruthless developers.

• A Quantum Leap-like time travel drama that places its overwhelmed yet determined protagonist in a brake shop on the French Riviera circa 1982.

• A Trinity Broadcasting Network mini-series documenting the efforts of an overwhelmed yet determined pastor to convert a former Chicago Cubs first baseman.

• The true-life story of overwhelmed yet determined comedienne Bret Butler's struggle for creative control of her hit mid-nineties sitcom.

Whatever it is, the producers of Saving Grace clearly recognize genius when they see it, even if it happens to manifest itself in the form of spying on rival practices, veering your program dangerously near the "death penalty" by offering cash, cars and airline tickets to recruits and attempting to carry a loaded gun onto a plane -- hell, especially if it happens to manifest itself in the form of spying on rival practices, offering cash, cars and airline tickets to recruits and attempting to carry a loaded gun onto a plane -- and they cast tonight's episode accordingly:

It cast Barry Switzer as himself and features a heroin who endeavors to "live her entire life based on the wishbone offense," and for those two facts alone, whatever other crimes to narrative fiction it commits in the process, Saving Grace earns the Doc's full endorsement. For tonight, anyway.

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