Saving Grace, TNT’s cop drama starring Oscar winner Holly Hunter, will end its run next summer with a nine-episode final season, the cable network confirmed in a press release sent out this morning. The show’s current summer run ends Aug. 18. According to the Hollywood Reporter, TNT actually wanted a full order (which means 15 episodes, split between summer and winter) for the fourth season, but the studio declined to accept the offer for financial reasons and instead struck this shortened deal to give Grace a proper send-off.
The cable series, which served as a natural companion to the network’s The Closer, has averaged 3.5 million viewers for the episodes that have aired this summer. Just last month, Hunter was nominated for an Emmy for her role as Det. Grace Hanadarko for the second consecutive time. The 2009 Emmy Awards will air live Sept. 20 on CBS.