Kelsey Grammer won’t get the chance to play Chicago Mayor Tom Kane another season because Starz decided the “Boss” drama ends at season two.
The political drama was successful, but only with a certain audience. “Boss” is an interesting TV series that has its few fans hooked on for sure, but it’s not enough to justify another season. Pay cable network Starz announced Kelsey Grammer’s “Boss” drama won’t make it for a third season.
Even if “Boss” had averaged about 940,000 viewers for the second season, Starz isn’t making enough money with it. The audience rating for Kelsey Grammers’ political drama is close to Starz very own “Magic City”, but since the pay cable network owns the latter, “Boss” was just swept out of the way.
“After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to not proceed with Boss” reads a statement released by Starz this Tuesday. “We remain proud of this award-winning show, its exception cast and writers and are grateful to Kelsey Grammer, Farhad Safinia and our partners at Lionsgate TV” the pay cable network added.
In a recent interview, Kelsey Grammer addressed the low ratings of “Boss” saying the end would have come a long time ago if it was HBO instead of Starz. “But because it’s Starz, you have an opportunity to kind of brand the network. I think there is a more generous, open expectation about it” he added.
The political drama was picked by the pay cable network first hand, without even bothering with a pilot episode. It was most of an attempt to play the same game HBO and Showtime have been enjoying for years now, but after two seasons Starz president Chris Albrecht decided “Boss” isn’t the safest bet.
The Lionsgate TV drama features the story of Chicago Mayor Tom Kane who is dealing with a degenerative neurological disorder, dementia with Lewy bodies. Tom Kane tries to handle it without letting people know about it, except for Dr. Ella Harris who handles the treatment. In the meanwhile, while most people don’t seem to notice there’s something wrong with the mayor, advisors Kitty O’Neil and Ezra Stone start wondering about it.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that the pay cable network plans to end “Boss” with a two-hour movie.