Skip to comments.Kelsey Grammer's critically acclaimed Starz show 'Boss' canceled(Rahm couldn’t take the truth)
Posted on 11/21/2012 6:29:37 AM PST by jmaroneps37
Who's the boss? Not Kelsey Grammer.
Starz television network has decided not to give Grammer another term as mayor of Chicago.
The cable network said Tuesday that it was canceling the drama "Boss" after two seasons.
The show premiered to critical acclaim, starring Grammer as tyrannical Chicago mayor Tom Kane. The role earned Grammer a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama earlier this year.
Starz says in a statement that although the network is proud of the show, it has "made the difficult decision to not proceed with `Boss."' The move was a flip-flop for Starz, which renewed the show for a second season even before its first season began.
"Boss" also stars Martin Donovan, Connie Nielsen and Kathleen Robertson. Farhad Safinia is the show's creator and executive producer.
Grammer's rep said the star had no comment on the show's cancelation, but earlier this year, Grammer complained to Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show" that being a Republican could have cost him, and hence the show, a prestigious Emmy nod.
Now explain something to me, you get a Golden Globe for Boss, but you dont even get an Emmy nomination, Leno asked.
Yeah, its hard to figure, Grammer said. It may have to do with several things, honestly, but I think its possible, I mean, I am a, Im a declared out of the closet Republican in Hollywood.
Light applause rippled through the audience and Leno emitted a comic gasp.
Do I believe its possible that some young person, young voting actor, or even older voting member for the Emmys, would sit there and go, Yeah, thats a great performance, but oooooh, I just hate everything he stands for?
Grammer asked hypothetically, before answering with sarcasm: I dont believe thats possible.
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That’s right. Rahm did a cameo on Chicago Fire but cannot condone anything that smacks of precisely the corruption that is Chicago.
I thought the same thing this morning.
Also, remember that Kelsey Grammer is a CONSERVATIVE and was a target for the Hollywood Left.
I really enjoyed that show, and I’m disappointed that it was cancelled.
This show was awesome!! What a bunch of idiots for canceling it!!
The Cancellation was due to NOBODY watching the show. The show received less than 500,000 people. That is atrocious. However, if you feel better thinking it was political, I guess it will help you sleep at night. The reason was it bombed. Kelsey is lucky to have had 2 years.
It is about money.
How many people even subscribe to STARZ at this point? In this economy, with so many online options, pay cable channels are one of the primary things people have cut back.
No they were BRILLIANT to cancel it. The networks are in it to make money not to show something that nobody watches. They are NOT charity cases.
The season two premiere had 317,000 viewers, which was less than half of the 659,000 viewers who watched the series premiere. With encores that same night, the ratings rose to 509,000 viewers. Over the weekend, the season premiere pulled in 915,000 viewers, just under the 1.1 million average in the first season.
The low ratings was the main reason the show was canceled.
Geeez...a Maryland RINO! Give me a break, you only speak to hear your own idiocy, and then only in between crabcake farts.
That still is a decent amount of viewers considering the fragmenting audience and that it’s a pay movie channel. I’ve watched every episode to date and it is a disappointment to hear it’s been canned, especially when they left it hanging with the finale and it deserved a third season to resolve everything. I think it comes way too close to the truth of how things are done in Chicago. One big problem why it doesn’t have a great amount of appeal is that virtually all of the characters are just horrible people, corrupted by whatever they’re involved in. People like characters to root for and there really isn’t anybody for whom you can.
Good series. Too bad it got axed.
I read that they ‘might’ conclude the lose ends with a made-for movie. However, that is ‘iffy’ at this point.
How cute. No matter what you say, your stupid show still got cancelled. HAHAHAHA! It sure is a Happy Thanksgiving!
Same thing happened to ‘The Chicago Code’ from Fox. Great little on location cop show that revealed all to well and easily how politics, graft and corruption infest everything in a one party city.
Could also add and argue that the third, fourth and fifth seasons of HBO’s ‘The Wire’ wrote the series’ swan song.
Revealing how mostly black, inner city Democrat politics work in Baltimore. And the throughout the state once the cops started following the drug money after Carcetti became Mayor.
‘The Wire’’s fourth season, that shone light on Baltimore’s education system didn’t do the state any favors, either.
I thought Chicago Code was the best crime show on. No hocus pocus super computer CSI crap. I knew it wouldn’t last as it depicted a corrupt black alderman as the head crime boss. Way to close to home for Cook County politics.
Can’t compare “Chicago Code” to The Wire. The Wire is in my opinion the best series ever filmed. Better then the Sopranos or The Shield which I believe are classic. Chicago Codes actors all looked like movie stars . It wasn’t believable. I’m in Chicago and we have hot woman here but they’re not cops or fireman. The only female cops I see have fat asses and are of questionable sexuality.
But Delroy Lindo did openly, unabashed corrupt so well as Alderman Gibbons!
Reminded me a lot of Isiah Whitlock’s State Senator ‘Clay’ Davis (”Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh*ttt!”) from ‘The Wire’.
Both series dealt with corruption. Though, with ‘The Wire’, you could actually follow where the Barksdale drug money went and into whose political coffers.
No disagreement in regard to what made ‘The Wire’ the best written and acted series in HBO’s lineage of exceptional shows.
I can’t think of a television series that actually has credited college courses devoted to it. Yet, ‘The Wire’ does.
Conspiracy theories are fun, but the reality is the show’s ratings were atrocious. Second season averaged a quarter million viewers, that won’t keep many shows on the air.
Bingo! I refuse to pay extra for those type channels. Maybe TNT or the like will pick up and give folks like me a chance to watch.
It was a good show, and did a good job of depicting the cesspool of Chicago politics. But I guess it didn’t attract enough viewers. And with no ancillary market interest (no action figures or video games), hard to build up a rabid online fanbase. Too bad...
Kelsey should consider pulling a Reagan and running for office—that may be his only chance to find work in Obama’s Hollywood. he should run for Governor of California—he would do a better job than the Circus strong man we had.
According to the numbers the ratings were not there and went down the second season.
It was one of my favorite shows. The medical problem was a nice angle.
Too bad FX, AMC, Showtime or HBO won’t step up.
HBO saved Damages, which was a quality series by putting it on the Audience Channel (#500). Time to save this one.
I’d agree with you, except 30 Rock on NBC had NO VIEWERS of any consequence and they kept renewing it. It was like a jobs program for washed up liberal comics.
It paints Chicago in far too realistic a light.
I hope somebody else (I’m looking at you, Fox) picks up the show and says, “Seeya later, Stinktown,” to Starz.
Until this year it had more viewers than Mad Men.
30 Rock also grew its audience its second year.
30 Rock never did as well as the network hoped, but Boss has been an unmitigated disaster.
And expectations were very high for Boss - after all you had the star of Frasier, a show that put up champion numbers for years.
For most of its run 30 Rock has averaged around 5 million viewers. Not a lot, but dramatically more than the 250,000 Boss got.
Comparing viewership of a program on NBC with viewership on a pay-tier network like Starz is stupid. The networks can put on the worst junk (like the atrocious Lavern & Shirley remake) and pull in several million viewers for a half season or so.
I didn’t initiate the comparison, but if it makes you bristle consider the ratings for Mad Men instead.
Still not sure the comparison is apt. Mad Men, which I like quite a lot, is on AMC which is an “extended basic” channel like ESPN on many cable systems. You can reach many more eyeballs on AMC than on Starz or Encore or Showtime.
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