LOS ANGELES – (July 13, 2007) – Multi-platinum recording artist, Everlast, has written and recorded the theme song for TNT’s new drama series, “Saving Grace,” starring acclaimed Academy Award-winning actress, Holly Hunter, and premiering July 23 at 10 p.m. on TNT.
The song, also called “Saving Grace,” will play during the show’s main title sequence and end credits. It will release as a full-length track and video, available at major online music retailers including iTunes (www.itunes.com) and Rhapsody (www.rhapsody.com). The song will also stream at TNT.com (www.tnt.tv).
The music of Everlast (born Erik Schrody) proved inspirational to show creator and executive producer Nancy Miller, who listened to Everlast recordings – particularly the 2004 track “Lonely Road” – while writing the pilot script. Once TNT ordered the series, Fox Television Studios (FtvS), which produces the show for TNT, and Fox Music worked to harness that inspiration, ultimately striking a deal with the Grammy-winning artist to write and record “Saving Grace.” FtvS is currently exploring licensing other Everlast material for use in individual episodes.
Miller said, “I was turned on to Everlast by our music supervisor. The second I heard his voice I went crazy over it. He has such a sexy, interesting voice. I fell in love with his music; in fact, I listened to his CDs in my car so much that I burned them out. His lyrics speak so much to the struggle of Grace – her pain, her heroic nature – that I immediately connected to them. I feel like Everlast is the musical ‘Godfather’ of our series.”
Everlast commented, “It was great to get the call from Fox – not only to find out that Nancy Miller was a fan, but also to be asked to write a song for such a cool show. The timing couldn’t be better; I’m back in the studio working on a new album. This project was a great way to kick that off.”
About The Show
Saving Grace is a provocative new hour-long drama series starring Academy Award-winner Holly Hunter as Grace Hanadarko, an intense, cynical and sexy Oklahoma City police detective. Despite being at the top of her field, Grace lives life wild – hard, fast and on the edge. She drinks too much. She sleeps with the wrong men. Wicked-smart and tough, Grace hits bottom one night when she slams into a pedestrian while she is driving drunk. Horrified at the realization of what she’s done, Grace uncharacteristically asks for help, and receives it in the form of an unconventional angel named Earl. The journey, for both of them, will not be an easy one. For Grace, it will bring up life’s most complicated issues. Each episode of “Saving Grace” revolves around a specific case that the detectives are trying to solve, while delving deeper into the characters’ personal lives.
SAVING GRACE is produced for TNT by Fox Television Studios and creator Nancy Miller (Any Day Now). Miller also serves as executive producer on the series, along with Gary A. Randall (Any Day Now, Leaving LA) and Artie Mandelberg (Leaving L.A., Mr. & Mrs. Smith).
Everlast (born Erik Schrody) is a Grammy-winning musician known for alternating between hip-hop and rock. The front man for rap group House of Pain until 1996, Everlast released his first solo album, ”Forever Everlasting,” in 1990. After suffering a major heart attack, he came back strong with a second solo album, “Whitey Ford Sings the Blues” (1998) which featured the hit singles “What It’s Like” and “Ends.” His third solo album, ”Eat at Whitey’s,” was released in 2000. That same year, Everlast won a Grammy (with Santana) for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, for “Put Your Lights On.” Everlast’s fourth solo album, “‘White Trash Beautiful,” was released in 2004. Everlast is currently at work on his next album, which will be released by Sony/ATV.
About Fox Television Studios
Fox TV Studios is a program supplier to the major U.S. and international broadcast and cable networks. The studio is currently producing Saving Grace, starring Academy award-winner Holly Hunter, for TNT (premiering July 23); Burn Notice, for USA Network; The Shield and The Riches for FX; the late-night Talkshow with Spike Feresten for the FOX Broadcasting Company; Crowned: The Mother of all Pageants, premiering in 2008 on The CW; and The Girls Next Door for E! Entertainment Television. Through Regency Television (a partnership with New Regency) productions include New Amsterdam, premiering fall 2007, and The Return of Jezebel James, premiering in 2008, both for FOX. FtvS’ international format production division is currently in production on more than 25 shows in Europe and Latin America. Fox Television Studios’ series and TV movies have earned numerous Emmy, Golden Globe, Peabody and Humanitas awards.
About Fox Music
Fox Music oversees the music needs for all of Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television divisions. Fox Music is currently supervising the music for more than 20 motion pictures and 40 television series including Live Free or Die Hard, The Simpsons Movie, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, as well as all current Fox TV Studios productions. The division has partnered directly with iTunes and Rhapsody for digital distribution of its recorded product. Over the past 10 years Fox Music has garnered 17 Academy Award, 26 Golden Globe, 28 Grammy and 64 Emmy Award nominations.
Turner Network Television (TNT), television’s destination for drama and one of cable’s top-rated networks, offers original movies and series, including the acclaimed detective drama The Closer, starring Golden Globe? winner and Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Awards? nominee Kyra Sedgwick; Saving Grace, a bold new drama starring Oscar®-winner Holly Hunter; Heartland, a powerful medical drama with Treat Williams and Kari Matchett; and this summer’s eagerly anticipated television event The Company, executive-produced by Ridley Scott and starring Chris O’Donnell, Michael Keaton and Alfred Molina. TNT is also home to powerful one-hour dramas, such as Without a Trace, Law & Order, Las Vegas, Cold Case, ER, Charmed and Judging Amy; broadcast premiere movies; compelling prime-time specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards?; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is also available in high-definition. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a TimeWarner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming to the basic cable industry.