This summer I have enjoyed watching the new series "Saving Grace" with Holly Hunter on the TNT Network. The official website for the show is here.
Ms. Hunter plays Grace Hanadarko, a hard-boiled cop in Oklahoma City who was raised a Roman Catholic. A close encounter with self-destruction (in fact, her character is pretty notorious for having those and does indeed step over the line at times) leads her to ask for God's help, which comes in the form of a red-neck, tobacco-chewing angel named Earl. Sounds cute? Nah, this show is tough and gritty, like Det. Hanadarko, and she fights the heavenly help as much as she can. Catholicism has been portrayed in a generally positive light, but not without some realistic smudges along the edges.
I love the theme song that is done by the group Everlast. Here are the lyrics.
One time around the block
2 times around the clock
3 times, don't cross the little lady
So pretty and oh so bold
Got a heart full of gold
On a lonely road she said "I don't even think that God can save me"
(Am I) gaining ground
(Am I) losing face
(Am I) lost and found by saving grace?
Thankful for the gift my angel's gave me.
We die alone
Nuttin' but sittin' here by the phone
Watin for the Lord to send my callin'
Street wise from the boulevard
Jesus only knows that she tries too hard
She's only tryin' to keep the sky from fallin'
Any man says it's Heaven and Hell
Prob'ly got somethin' useless to sell
You ask me if I'm saved but what's it to ya?
Blow a quarter
Cop another eight
Cop another eight
You're runnin' out of hide
You're losin' your faith
Throw your hands up and scream halleluiah
One time around the sun
Another year older and my work ain't done
It's time for me to write the final chapter
Deal the cards and roll the dice
Sex, drugs and rock n roll are my only vice
Tryin' to figure out just what's here after