Starz cancels Kelsey Grammer's 'Boss'

Kelsey Grammer is no longer like a boss. That's because Starz announced that its political drama "Boss" has been canceled with the conclusion of its current season.

Kelsey Grammer

“After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to not proceed with Boss,” the network said in a statement. “We remain proud of this award-winning show, its exceptional cast and writers, and are grateful to Kelsey Grammer, Farhad Safinia and our partners at Lionsgate TV.”

The series has struggled since its debut with low ratings, with its first season averaging only 643,000 viewers for first run episodes. The second season, picked up based on rave reviews from critics before the first season even debuted, has not fared much better, averaging only 579,000. Its high regard from critics earned Grammer a Golden Globe win for his portrayal of the vindictive Mayor of Chicago who was dealing with an advancing neurological disease.

With "Boss" officially fired, the network has freed up some room on its original series slate, time it will need with four new dramas set to air next year. "Da Vinci's Demons," historical fiction revolving around the brilliant inventor and artist, "Spartacus: War of the Damned," a second season of "Magic City" and new series "The White Queen" are all set to debut in 2013. Looking ahead to 2014, Michael Bay's pirate adventure series "Black Sails," which revolves around the characters from Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island," is currently in the casting and pre-production phases.

Will you miss "Boss," or are you glad its been fired?

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Written by: kyleiam
Nov 20th, 2012, 3:10 pm


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Message Posted On Mar 23rd, 2013, 8:33 am
Since episode one I was 'hooked' on this one. There was no beating around the bush, you were thrown right in the middle of it all. The level of acting involved made it almost hard to believe it wasn't real, ergo superb acting. Something which is hard to come by in series nowadays. I wonder why it is such series, who attract i suppose a higher educated level of watchers, and series who dare to make you think in a what if scenario are cancelled due to the number of viewers. I suppose it doesnt give the audience a popstars or the voice of.. or sitcoms level in which you can hear the same audience laughter again and again.. Give us Boss back.. give us those actors and the level of screenplay/writers.. Reading on here which shows are being release/shown in stead of this one.. are they hoping for a miracle and grasping onto whatever is being thrown at them. Stick with a show every now and then despite of the ratings. How about some quality and integrity. I find myself being let down because of all the great series seem to be cancelled due to the main audience's ratings. The main audience just prefers mind numbing series and gets these shows cancelled. Thanks..

Message Posted On Jan 12th, 2013, 4:13 am
well I sat there waiting last night for it to come on, I knew they had cancelled the show, bu read where they were going to have a 2 hr. show, and then to not even have it come on and something else in it's place was a big disapointment. I will not watcha serial on starz again.

Message Posted On Dec 6th, 2012, 3:19 am
Really? Are there people who actually care about an actors beliefs and not how well they act? This is bizarre to me, Kelsey Grammer is clearly an amazing actor and it's a shame his skills weren't utilized like this until now. I also happen to think he's a bit of a moron as far as his political beliefs go, but that doesn't for a second make me question his ability to act or produce or make me less of a fan of his work. It makes me not want to meet him, but that's about it. I can only hope his dark dramatic acting skills will be featured again in the future or that the show gets picked up by HBO or Showtime, long shot I know, but come on when I heard Kelsey Grammer and Gus Van Sant made a dark political drama about a Chicago mayor battling a neurological disorder I nearly threw up from excitement. And then I figured nothing could live up to my own expectations... and then it did, completely. It's a tragedy that first air viewership and/or the general public's lack of taste will be the downfall of such an amazing show. Is that even an accurate way to calculate interest anymore? What with the extensive use of on demand/streaming/DVR. In summation: beyond frustrating that such an impeccable show not be allowed to finish its story. I get the feeling it could have gone on for at least another 3 seasons, but I'd settle for one more. I remember reading a 2 hour movie might be in the works but that's a slap in the face and no way near the time needed to wrap everything up. It needs to be at least a 4 episode miniseries. Plus it also sounds unlikely to happen, these are the exact type of deals that fall through. This show was up there with Sopranos, Deadwood, and Six Feet Under and to have it just pulled for "soft yet steady" viewership is ridiculous. Screw quality right?

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Message Posted On Dec 4th, 2012, 3:18 am

why ?

it was one of the best tv series showing from straz till this day .

don't do this

it's great .

it has everything inside



Message Posted On Nov 22nd, 2012, 8:04 pm
Although Grammer does seem to subscribe to bizarre religious fundamentalist and quasifascist views (which US political-correctness forces us to call "conservatism," instead of what it really is - but f--k being polite to fascists!)... this was still an incredible series (which did not at all suffer from his biases, I found), and I, at least, am very much disheartened that Starz has given up on it. Truly, what a shame. And especially it having been left so pronouncedly un-concluded. *** Bravo to Grammer (and several others of the cast), for masterful acting, in this masterpiece of a show.

Message Posted On Nov 22nd, 2012, 4:14 pm
Boss is an immensely powerful,brooding and captivating series. I will certainly miss it. I just hope another production company takes it on as it has at least one more series to run in order to answer the many questions and threads left dangling. Bravo Boss!

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Since: 02/Aug/12
Message Posted On Nov 21st, 2012, 2:33 pm

So let me get this right - you talk about me posting derogatory, after calling me a Lib-Tard. 

Conservative genius right there, ladies and gentlemen. And I don't want your pity - I want you to enjoy the next four years of a president that isn't badshit crazy.



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Message Posted On Nov 21st, 2012, 8:15 am

@Really: Ever hear of demonstrating the absurd by being absurd??



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Since: 16/Feb/12
Message Posted On Nov 20th, 2012, 7:49 pm

Really dug Boss. Political views were irrelevant. Will still be grabbing the season 2 DVD and catching up on the episodes I missed. 


Message Posted On Nov 20th, 2012, 4:52 pm
@Seabat: First, off I enjoyed Boss, and thought Kelsey gave an excellent performance in it. That said, I find it hilarious that you leave a comment blasting Hamatosan for calling Grammer names, yet take the time to call him a "lib-tard". You're either for political name calling, or against it, you can't be both. If you take offense to those that politically agree with you being derided for their beliefs, yet happily insult those that disagree with you for what they think, that makes you a hypocrite at best.
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