I was excited that two recent pilots —Damages and — feature female anti-heroes. What’s more they’re both of a certain age.
I talked about Damages’ Kate Hewes in a previous post. She’s ruthless, powerful and unapologetic. Plus she has great clothes and hair.
Grace Hanadarko of Saving Grace, a series written and created by Nancy Miller and airing on TNT, has over-processed hair, an unquenchable sexual appetite and no qualms about sleeping with her married partner. She swears like a sailor, drives a beat-up Porsche and she carries a gun. Plus she has a mean right hook which she puts to good use when someone slimy hits on her (if they’re not slimy, her clothes come right off).
(If you don’t have TNT, you might be able toon their website, but you’ll need Windows. I couldn’t test it out because I have a Mac.)
Grace, played by Holly Hunter, is naked and in the middle of a sexual encounter when we first meet her.
Moments later (moments well spent, by the way, swilling Jack Daniels, smoking and burping), she’s watching tv. The distraught father of a kidnapped child say that he knows the lord will bring his daughter home. Grace practically snort, “and then eliminate war and hunger.” She’s cynical too.
I was immediately madly in love with her. The character is a cop and watched her solve mysteries and abuse herself for as many seasons as they were willing to make the show.
Unfortunately, the show has a twist: an angel. Okay, he chews tobacco. But he’s still an angel. And he wants to save Grace. Hence the title of the show.
(I was going to put a clip from Youtube here, but they all feature the angel and the redemption story line when what I wanted to show you is Grace acting badly, so I had to pass.)
I’m totally bummed out. We finally get a show built around a foul mouthed, sexually-in-control, remorseless woman and along comes the rep of some God who’s not fond of boozing, cussing and fornication to clean her up.
What’s that about?
I don’t know. Maybe it’ll all twist into John from Cincinnati territory. Maybe it’ll turn out to be some quirky view of religion that won’t offend me. Maybe it’s going to turn out to be an important work that explores serious themes in a deep and meaningful way.
But come on.
Finally, a really fabulous bad girl with no regrets comes along. Do I really have to see her find religion? I wanted to watch her descent into hell.