Starz Shows Off Kelsey Grammer In The First ‘Boss’ Teaser

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 26th, 2014 at 10:20 am,

kelsey grammer boss teaser starz Starz Shows Off Kelsey Grammer In The First Boss Teaser

Hollywood’s go-to good guy intellectual is branching out. Kelsey Grammer is getting his own cable series in Boss, wherein he plays a conflicted Chicago mayor. Starz has released the first teaser for Boss ahead of its fall premiere, which introduces us to Chicago mayor Tom Kane (Grammer) as he manages the city by whatever means necessary. He has to deal with the typical snakepit of American politics, a collapsing marriage and his own deteriorating health – Kane is suffering from an as-yet unidentified degenerative mental condition.

Kane needs to keep the wheels of Chicago spinning while keeping the secret of his failing health under wraps. The greatest danger to his political career is his estranged daughter Alice (Hannah Ware, Cop Out) who may or may not know the truth.

While Grammer remains a reliable character actor, he hasn’t had a breakout hit since Frasier. Both Back To You on Fox and Hank on ABC died in their first season. He’s been taking one-off guest parts and supporting roles in movies like X-Men: The Last Stand and Swing Vote. With a decidedly dramatic role on a cable show, Boss may be just the think to allow Grammer some much-needed flexibility.

Starz certainly wouldn’t object. Even with dramas like Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Camelot, they’re running a long third behind HBO and Showtime. Boss will be Starz’ first original series that isn’t a period piece, allowing for a viewership with more contemporary tastes. And given the notoriously questionable nature of Illinois politics, no one could accuse the series of being less than topical.

Judge for yourself in the teaser below:

Starz also revealed a poster for Boss, keeping with the teaser’s dark tone:

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Speaking of politics, it’ll be interesting to see how Grammer handles the show. The actor is a well-known conservative, even going so far as to proclaim that he’s interested in running for a congressional seat. Compare this with the typically liberal Chicago political scene and his role as an executive producer for Boss, and some heavy-handed rhetoric is (unfortunately) not out of the question.

The combination of an imposing leader and a debilitating illness will be familiar to fans of The West Wing, where Martin Sheen’s President Bartlett suffered from multiple sclerosis for several seasons. The series is being written by Apocalypto scribe Farhad Safinia.


Boss is currently scheduled for an October premiere on Starz.

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  1. I wonder if the “rhetoric” would be characterized in this article as “unfortunate” or “heavy-handed” if it were liberal?
    Funny the author mentions West Wing in the very next sentence. Talk about a show with heavy-handed propaganda a la Sheen style.
    I don’t think Grammer needs to inject too much editorializing. Simply a truthful portrayal of the Chicago-Machine will suffice in making any conservative’s political point.

    • With the exception of a few social issues, I’m actually extremely conservative. I just don’t appreciate in-your-face rhetoric in ANY movie or TV show, because in most cases the people writing it aren’t any more qualified to make insightful political commentary than the people watching it.

      That said, I DID enjoy The West Wing (despite its well-documented liberal bias) because it had fantastic writing and tension.

      • You just contridcited yourself. West Wing was blatently Liberal slanted and went out of its way to slam Conservatives ever chance it got.

        • Don’t you see, he forgives that sort of blatant propaganda because “it had fantastic writing and tension.” So, how dare you question liberal bias when Progressives are such talented intellectuals.

          It’s a stale elitist ploy.

          West Wing was great writing, like Penthouse letters; masturbation material for Anthony Weiner.

  2. “…some heavy-handed rhetoric is (unfortunately) not out of the question.”

    Please, like Law & Order hasn’t had its share of left-leaning, “heavy-handed rhetoric” over the years. Assuming Grammer lets loose any conservative ideology on this show, it would only be a drop in the bucket that’s already full of left-leaning TV programming. I’m looking forward to Grammer doing something with more drama, though he is funny when the writing is good.

    • Yes it has. Kudos. Dick Wolf once told stories that were compelling due to their visceral reality. That ended after Angie Harmon left the show. He created that character to paint a caricature of conservatives in law and it backfired on him. Her character wound up being hugely popular. Then he veered decidedly left in story-telling and the rest is history. The show is off the air.

  3. Rahm Emanuel is the champion of “heavy-handed rhetoric”.

    The current liberal Mayor of Chicago.

  4. It’s Kelsey Grammar, so I will watch it for sure. I could honestly not give a crap on his political views either.

  5. Grammer needs to show Chicago in all its sleazy, corrupt and polluted reality, with the lies, cutting deals and pay offs that have been going on for almost 100 years. No other political machine should be held up as an example of how not to run a city government like Chicago.

  6. “heavy-handed rhetoric is (unfortunately) not out of the question.”
    HAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! You must not watch tv at all. I guess all the liberal rhetoric that bashes conservatives is even-handed?

  7. Kelsey Grammer rocks. :)


  9. Synopsis of last episode of “Frasier” ends with “Frasier tells his family and Roz about his upcoming move, following a misunderstanding that leads them to believe he is dying. He promises to visit frequently. Frasier makes a speech to the group, and again on his final show at KACL, about the importance of taking chances. His seatmate on the plane thanks him for the stimulating conversation as their plane finally lands…in Chicago.”

    So maybe Mayor Kane’s “as-yet unidentified degenerative mental condition” could be treated by a very familiar-looking transplanted psychiatrist from Seattle?

    But if Eddie the dog or Cam Winston show up, I’m watching Desperate Housewives