Starz Renews ‘Boss’ For Season 2 A Month Before Series Premiere

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Starz has a lot of confidence in their upcoming political drama Boss, starring Kelsey Grammer – so much so that they’ve ordered a second season even before the first one gets going.

Such a brazen move is rare in the world of television, where pennies are pinched a lot more often than in the municipal politics Boss portrays. Early critical buzz for the show is high, but not extremely high. Starz executives must have seen some amazing television to place so much faith in a freshman drama.

Boss stars Grammer as Tom Kane, the ruthless and uncompromising mayor of Chicago. When his health begins to fail, Kane fears for his career and hides his neurological disorder from his constituents, his staff and his family. Other notable players include Connie Nelson (Gladiator) as Kane’s wife and Martin Donovan (Weeds) as his political adviser.

Boss is a major departure for Grammer, who’s known for his comedic roles on Frasier and in movies like Down Periscope. The politically-conscious actor is serving as an executive producer on the new series alongside writer Farhad Safinia (Apocalypto). The dark drama explores the seedy underworld of Chicago’s high society, with an emphasis on the fragility of Grammer’s character.

It’s not unheard of for a network to order two seasons of a show before it begins. Two years ago Starz ordered the second season of Spartacus a few weeks before the series premiere. Many big-budget shows get a full season commitment even before a pilot is finished (like Terra Nova) and multi-season renewals of dependable ratings hits like The Big Bang Theory are common.

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That said, committing heavily to a show before audiences get a chance to have their say is gutsy. Lionsgate president Kevin Beggs said as much when praising Starz’ decision to renew the production studio’s project:

This early vote of confidence from our partners at Starz is extremely gratifying and reflects the tremendous work of all those involved with Boss on both sides of the camera. Kelsey’s dramatic turn in this series is a powerful and radical departure from his previous television roles and we can’t wait for viewers to be drawn into his fascinating world.

Of course the decision carries its share of risk as well. Production on the second batch of episodes may begin just a few weeks after the first season ends – a disaster if the show’s audience fails to materialize, like Camelot earlier in 2011. Season 2 will begin filming early next year, which may have it ready for a summer 2012 premiere.

Boss premieres October 21st on Starz.

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Source: THR

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  1. Still sad about Camelot it was a good show. However, while Camelots ratings were not spectacular they were good enough to earn it a second season the reason it didn’t get renewed was scheduling conflicts with the stars of the show. Hardly any of them could return in time and since it wasn’t a huge it just barely passing by they decided that it wasn’t worth waiting on the actors or locations and just passed on it.

    • I liked Camelot too. Had lots of potential, good cast as well.

  2. Has anybody heard anything on Torchwood yet ??? Please please say there is going to be a season 2.

  3. Not everyone is in to the Roman era ?

  4. I hope you realize that Camelot has nothing and I mean absolutely nothing to do with the Roman Era.

    Roman Era is roughly the 1800’s in Europe.

    King Arthus (which is what the show camelot is about) is roughly the 400’s

    Acceptable terms would be
    Middle Ages
    Dark Ages
    Classic and Postclassic eras

    but not Roman Era

  5. Not to be overly corrective I don’t mean it that way and I apologize if you take it that way.

    However, we are not in the roman ages anymore. Technically they ended in the 1920’s also technically era is all about where you are located. For instance the 1920’s ended the roman era for Europe but for us it was the end of the Progressive era.

    It’s all really complicated and annoying. Eras and age of and all that is kind of useful for keeping track of really old history and when it was, but annoying to keep track of because it’s so separated.

    Now we are in Information age or Big Data age. Big Data began in 2010 and Information age is 1973 – present.