Starz Hires Kelsey Grammer for New Drama Series ‘Boss’

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The cable channel landscape is changing, yet again. MTV, which began as a channel for music videos, is now home to mostly non-scripted “reality” series. Now, the premium “movie” channels are evolving into a home for quality new, and often cutting edge, drama series.

Starz is the latest example. The channel is reportedly working on developing a new drama, Boss, that will star Frasier veteran, Kelsey Grammer, and will be directed by Milk director, Gus Van Sant.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Starz has ordered an initial eight episodes of Boss. The series is written by Apocalypto co-writer, Farhad Safinia, and produced by Lionsgate Television. It’s Grammer’s first foray as an actor in a drama series as well as his first run on cable. It should be interesting to see whether this dream team can create a quality run of shows.

The story is set in Chicago, where the mayor, Grammer’s character, discovers that he’s suffering from a degenerative mental condition. The idea is reminiscent of King Lear, but with a modern twist. It will play out in the political arena of Chicago and could be a great show – if done well.

Starz is attempting to position itself alongside HBO, Showtime, and AMC, as a place for top-notch series – but can they succeed? This new take on an old theme could help the network reach its goal, or it could hurt it if the show fails. It’s a risky undertaking to re-brand a network after many years.

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Despite some well-received original programming such as Spartacus and Crash, Starz isn’t the go-to place for great original dramas, so they’ll have to catch the attention of potential viewers before they can reap the benefits (assuming Boss is even good). Not to mention, a weak series could damage their rebranding attempt.

Boss joins another new series, Camelot, already in production for Starz.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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  1. Kelsey Grammer is one of my favourite actors of all time. He was the reason for me to see the third X-Men in a cinema, instead of waiting for it to be on DVD. And you gotta love Frasier. I wish they would shoot another season of that show…

    We´ll see what the future brings. I just hope, they´ll get this show to Germany…

  2. Nice article Lynn, I’ll be on the looout for this one, Grammar is a cool guy to watch on TV or on the big screen.

  3. I want Grammer to narrate half of my day and the other half I want to be done by Francis McDormand.

    • @sully311:

      I love that idea! I’ll vote to have my day narrated by Kelsey Grammer & Hugh Laurie. They are two of my favorites! ;-)

      • I would also add Liam Nesson and Malcolm McDowell :).

  4. I loved frasier, one of the best 90′s comedys, and would love to see kelsey as the lead in a new show, i dont know if anyone caught the cameo in 30 rock he did a few weeks ago but it was fantastic!!

  5. What is the name of the theme song and who sings it?

    • the theme song sounds like Robert Plant. Can someone confirm?

    • Bosses Theme SONG is Sung by Robert Plant, It’s called Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down

  6. why did starz take off Boss series their menu, I watch the series over and over. That is why I purchased starz to see BOSS????????

  7. When is BOss coming back on starz???????

  8. Only just got ‘Boss’ in UK, been looking forward to this as a big fan of the ridiculously talented Kelsey Grammer.
    The plots and story lines come thick and fast and I’ve forgotten who Frasier is already!
    But… big problem for me. The camera work is absolutely and painfully wrong for this type of production. You don’t need arty farty camera work when you got big talent on the screen. If the camera isn’t stuffed up the actors noses or pulling focus all the time then it is wobbling around like a drunk on a bender STOP IT……STOP IT……..STOP IT!! Total distraction from what’s going on. For me this style doesn’t work in any genre in any time or place, it’s just a fashion that has crept in and everybody thinks they should be doing it. It’s like wearing your trousers half way down your butt, it’s stupid and you should be slapped!!