- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 18, 2009

TNT cancels ‘Grace’

The TNT drama “Saving Grace” will end its run after nine episodes scheduled for next summer, Variety reports.

The series debuted in 2007.

Though Fox Television Studios’ decision to cancel the series seems unusual in that the drama was still faring well in the ratings, the move makes sense financially, the trade publication notes.

“Grace,” which stars Oscar winner Holly Hunter, doesn’t do nearly as well outside the United States, and DVD sales have been weak. With small season orders, it seemed unlikely that enough episodes would be made to earn syndication dollars.

The drama, which centers on an Oklahoma City detective who solves crimes while trying to balance her erratic personal life, was garnering about 3.5 million viewers per episode.

According to Variety, “Grace” faced rising production costs, as dramas in their later seasons typically face higher salaries for their primary performers.

Harvey joins ‘GMA’

Comedian Steve Harvey has joined ABC’s “Good Morning America” as a contributor for the next several months, the Hollywood Reporter says.

His first report is scheduled to air Wednesday.

According to ABC News, Mr. Harvey’s reports will cover topics ranging from relationships to parenting.

Additionally, he will interact with viewers across the country via ABCNEWS.com, Skype and guests in the studio.

Mr. Harvey’s radio show, “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” is syndicated by Premiere Radio and heard in 60 markets nationwide. It airs locally from 6 to 9 a.m. weekdays on WHUR-FM (96.3).

The comedian, 52, is the author of the best-selling book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.” He previously starred in his self-titled sitcom for seven seasons on the WB network, Associated Press reports.

Miley replaces Mariah

Miley Cyrus will replace Mariah Carey for an outdoor concert on the Plaza at 30 Rock on Aug. 28 as part of the “Today” show’s concert series, TVWeek.com says, citing a report from the New York Post.

According to the newspaper, Miss Carey’s “Today” cancellation had to do with the release date of her new album.

“Mariah is putting the finishing touches on her newest album, ‘Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,’ and we have shifted all of our TV and promo appearances to coincide with the new release date of Sept. 29,” the Post quoted Miss Carey’s Web site as saying.

• Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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