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‘Grace’ offers intriguing mix

Kevin Mcdonough United Feature Syndicate

“Saving Grace” (10 p.m., TNT) becomes the latest but hardly the last in a long line of paranormal police procedurals.

This fall, ABC will introduce the fantasy series “Pushing Daisies,” about a man with the ability to raise the dead who helps a shady detective solve crimes. “Saving Grace” is hardly that outrageous.

“Grace” concerns an alcoholic, adulterous, violent and promiscuous female police officer who is touched by an angel named Earl (Leon Rippy), who looks and acts like a good ol’ boy. Except when he doesn’t.

Holly Hunter is well cast here as the rootin’-tootin’ protagonist. It’s a character we’ve come to know from her memorable roles in “Broadcast News” and “Raising Arizona.”

Just in case we’re not convinced that Grace is living knee-deep in sin, she’s seen in the show’s opening moments having sex with her partner (Kenny Johnson, “The Shield”).

Earl the angel arrives after Grace kills a pedestrian while driving drunk. She cries out for God’s help after her mouth-to-mouth efforts fail to revive the dead man. Earl arrives and cleans everything up but then proceeds to haunt Grace from time to time, trying to convince her that he is indeed her very last chance.

“Grace” offers a jarring combination of gritty police work and supernatural mystery, but at least it never confuses the two. Earl was not sent here to solve mere crimes.

Anderson Cooper moderates the live “CNN/YouTube Democratic Forum” (4 p.m., CNN). Candidates will answer questions posed by Web surfers on the popular Internet site. They’ve got to be better than anything Chris Matthews can come up with.

Scheduled performers on “CMA Music Festival” (9 p.m., ABC) include Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans, Reba McEntire and Martina McBride.

Other highlights

Lucky socks change everything on “Everybody Hates Chris” (8 p.m., CW).

Jealousy is a killer on “The Closer” (9 p.m., TNT).

A visit from Margene’s mom (Bonnie Bedelia) proves revealing on “Big Love” (9 p.m., HBO).

Artifacts and heirlooms illuminate the past on “History Detectives” (9 p.m., KSPS).

“Simon Schama’s Power of Art” (10 p.m.,KSPS) profiles J.M.W. Turner.

Diddy fights with choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson on “Making the Band 4” (10 p.m., MTV).

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