‘Boss,’ starring Kelsey Grammer, does not debut until October 21, 2011, but the Chicago based drama has already be renewed by Starz, according to a September 27, 2011, press announcement from Starz Entertainment. In a gigantic vote of confidence in the series, Starz has ordered a ten episode second season, before the first season even debuts.
Kelsey Grammer wins Golden Globe for Boss
Boss” series premieres on October 21 at 10PM ET/PT on STARZ. Produced by Lionsgate Television and created by Farhad Safinia (Apocalypto), the drama stars Emmy and Golden Globe-winner and television icon Kelsey Grammer headlining his first dramatic series. The premiere episode also marks the television directorial debut of acclaimed filmmaker Gus Van Sant. The cast of Boss includes: Connie Nielson, John Hephner, Hannah Ware, Kathleen Robertson and Troy Garity.
Kelsey Grammer is the Boss on Starz
Over the course of its eight-episode first season, “Boss” follows Chicago Mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer), who holds sway over just about everything in the City of Chicago, a city famed for tricky politics. When Kane faced with a terrible secret that threatens to topple his power, his true character is revealed: it’s not power that drives Tom Kane, but his fear of losing it.
“The first time we read Farhad’s script, we knew we had to make ‘Boss,'” said Starz President and Chief Executive Officer, Chris Albrecht. “With each episode, the story grew richer, and the cast continued to turn in breakthrough performances. Led by Kelsey and Farhad, this creative team is giving us dramatic storytelling at its very best. For our viewers, we felt it important to start working on the next season as soon as possible.”
According to star and executive producer, Kelsey Grammer, “It’s nice to get this vote of confidence. Good thinking, I love this show.”
The early reviews promise a show that delivers drama. “Kelsey Grammer is riveting,” says Jonathan Storm of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and RedEye Chicago’s Curt Wagner comments that, “Grammer delivers a bravura performance.” “Boss” gets an “A-” from the Boston Globe’s Matthew Gilbert, noting “the script is tight and ambitious.”
“Boss” was created by Farhad Safinia (Apocalypto), who is also an executive producer on the series, along with Grammer, Van Sant, Brian Sher, Stella Bulochnikov, Richard Levine and Lyn Greene. Lionsgate Television is producing “Boss” in association with Grammer’s Grammnet NH Productions, Roya Productions and Old Friends Productions.
Kelsey Grammer was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in the Broadway production of “La Cage Aux Folles.” His protrayas as Dr. Frasier Crane earned multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® Awards for both “Cheers” and “Frasier.” His dramatic feature film credits include X-Men: The Last Stand and 15 Minutes.
Van Sant’s credits include Milk, Good Will Hunting (both of which earned him Oscar® nominations for Best Director), Finding Forrester and To Die For. He also played himself in an episode of the television series “Entourage.”
Boss debuts on October 21, 2011, on Starz. Production on the second season will begin in 2012.
Kelsey Grammer and Boss nominated for Golden Globe Awards