Ryan Thomason

This Definitely Isn’t Cheers or Fraiser, ‘Boss’ Sounds Better Than Both. Combined.

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Kelsey Grammer doesn’t want to be your friend where everyone knows your name, or your intellectual counterpart. He wants to bleed you dry and then discard your husk of a body.

At least that seems to be what I get from this new show coming on Starz this October. I’m so glad that I noticed this when I was doing my usual browsing the press sites of TV channels. After talking with the contacts for the show this is definitely a show that should fit right up a lot of your guys alley. There isn’t a lot of information out there just yet and I’m working on getting you all the insider scoops so you’re up to date.

Here is what I know so far thanks to a press release I secured. The first episode (of 8 total) will be directed by filmmaker Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) in his TV helming debut. Over its eight-episode season, the show centers on the cutthroat style of a Chicago mayor (Grammer) with a dark secret and is set to premiere exclusively on STARZ in October 2011. Joining Grammer are Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, The Devil’s Advocate) as his wife Meredith, a formidable Chicago power in her own right; Jeff Hephner (“The O.C.,” “Hellcats,” “Easy Money”) as ambitious young politician Alex Zajac; Hannah Ware (Cop Out) as the Kanes’ estranged daughter Emma; and Kathleen Robertson (“Girls Club,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Hollywoodland) as Mayor Kane’s supremely organized aide Kitty O’Neil.


Mayor Tom Kane sits like a spider at the center of Chicago’s web of power; a web built on a covenant with the people. They want to be led, they want disputes settled, jobs dispensed, and loyalties rewarded. If he achieves through deception and troubling morality, so be it. As long as he gets the job done, they look the other way.

Yet despite being the most effective mayor in recent history, a degenerative brain disorder is ripping everything away from him. He can’t trust his memory, his closest allies, or even himself.

Kane’s wife Meredith knows nothing. Theirs is a marriage of convenience. Kitty O’Neil, Kane’s advisor, has her suspicions but stays silent. And Kane’s political advisor Ezra Stone, a Yale graduate with a rough edge, remains questionless.

Only Emma, Kane’s estranged daughter, has a chance of learning his secret. This is going to be the toughest term yet for the Boss.

What do you guys think? Sounds pretty damn interesting doesn’t it? One of the big selling points for me was that it’ll be 8 episodes, which means we should get a LOT of stuff accomplished in the story without a bunch of filler episodes. I can’t wait to get more information and I’ll let you guys know as soon as I do!

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