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Starz Cancels 'Boss' After 2 Seasons

Television
by Tambay A. Obenson
November 20, 2012 1:26 PM
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The Starz network has canceled Kelsey Grammer's political drama Boss, after just 2 seasons on the air, despite all the critical acclaim.

"After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to not proceed with [a third season of] Boss," Starz said in a statement released today.

The series averaged 937,000 viewers during its second season, down from 1.1 million on in its first.

I watched a total of 5 episode - 3 from last season, and 2 from the second, and I just couldn't quite get into the drama of it all. It could just be a matter of timing. There's a lot of competition in the drama department on cable TV (both non-premium and premium channels) - many of them being very good dramas that exist on cable TV networks that we could say are more popular brand names, like HBO and Showtime for example.

I still plan to return and watch both season entirely, especially since there a few black actors of note on the show, including the divine Sanaa Lathan, who joined the cast of the Golden Globe-winning drama series earlier this year, as well as returning cast members including singer/songwriter/actor Rotimi, and James Vincent Meredith

And, oh yeah, T.I. was to join Lathan as one of the series' newbies.

Any Boss fans out there? Thoughts on the news?

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18 Comments

  • Nadine | June 24, 2013 1:56 PMReply

    Are you serious!? I love that show. The inside track on how politics really happen behind the scenes. Must of been to close to real life!! How can this not get picked up for a 3rd season? Truly a travesty! I feel Southland also suffered the same fate. Great shows - canceled for no good reason!

  • roberta | December 3, 2012 3:20 AMReply

    so pissed

  • Don | November 25, 2012 10:15 AMReply

    By far one of the best shows. A rare combination of great writing, acting, and directing. There was never a dull moment and I think it accurately captured the unique dynanics of Chicago politics. This is a sad day. "Reality" TV is ruining TV.

  • Davyjc | November 24, 2012 5:09 PMReply

    Boss is a great show. The acting, scripts, directing and style of the show is superb. The creators of this show really understand Chicago, it's politics and how everything is intertwined. This is not "The Wire" or any other show about a big city. Boss is wonderfully specific and that's what makes it good. Grammer, Lathan, and Neilson bring it. T.I. is very good. Too bad they had to cancel it and maybe someone else will see the value of this well conceived project.

  • Elijah Rock | November 24, 2012 4:27 PMReply

    VERY disappointed! The Acting, the Writing, the Drama of it ALL was exquisite! Sorry Boss family. This was one of my favorite shows!

  • Jim | November 24, 2012 2:49 AMReply

    I am also sorry to hear Boss has been cancelled. I couldn't wait to catch the next episode. If I was out, I would record it and watch it later. I know a lot of people enjoyed this series and when another show was on, they would record this show so that they can watch it later and repeat it as many time as they wanted. Bad decision.

  • Carolyn | November 21, 2012 11:07 AMReply

    Sorry to hear that Boss has been cancelled. It is a good show.....I enjoyed watching it.

  • Haq | November 20, 2012 11:40 PMReply

    WORSE DECISION EVER. BOSS IS THE BEST SHOW ON TELEVISION. IF THE OTHER NETWORKS ARE SMART THEY'LL PICK IT UP. IT'S ON PAR WITH LUTHER. KELSEY GRAMER IS MAGNIFICENT. IT TAKES YOU INTO WHAT I BELIEVE ARE THE TRUE WORKINGS OF THE POWER HUNGRY POLITICIAN. PROOF TV IS DUMBED DOWN FOR THE VIEWER AND A LOT OF VIEWERS ARE THE REASON. I WATCHED WITH A PERSON WHO WAS ALWAYS CLUELESS ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON. I COULDN'T TELL HER SHE MIGHT NOT BE SMART ENOUGH TO GET IT.

  • Muse | November 20, 2012 11:24 PMReply

    I have never seen it, but I have heard only great things about it. It would be great if another channel picked it up and marketed it properly, like AMC. It sounds like it would be a perfect fit, especially given AMC's current home runs Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.

  • jacetoon | November 20, 2012 11:20 PMReply

    Directv did a wonderful job with Damages maybe they will take it on.

  • Veli | November 20, 2012 11:12 PMReply

    Boss was a GREAT show and the only reason I got Starz.

  • jdg61 | November 20, 2012 8:52 PMReply

    What disappointing news! Having lived in Chicago for a decade and knowing its political history as I do, the show tantalizingly fantasized how the Daley machine operated, especially at the level of ward politics and in relation to the state government in Springfield. The racial and ethnic tensions festering and feeding the corruption were calibrated just right--white monied elites jockeying against working class Poles, an entrenched black middle class, and a surging immigrant Latino population for a piece of graft-laden pie. Sure, the story arc was a tad melodramatic (especially the sex, which was so often gratuitous), but that rigidity enhanced the fatalist, King Lear-like tragedy of it all. The photography of the city's landscape and the lighting enhanced the show's depth of field--visually and conceptually. Each episode was a treat to see. The actors were superb--watch season 2 just to see Sanaa Lathan match Kelsey Grammer's intensity. Nothing like it on TV, so far as I'm concerned!

  • Adam Scott Thompson | November 20, 2012 5:57 PMReply

    I guess Starz couldn't let "Boss" make it like HBO did with "The Wire." Too bad.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | November 20, 2012 5:38 PMReply

    Awesome show. Im a big fan. I think the reason it failed was because people were will to add Starz as an extra channel and there is a lot of competition in the drama department on cable tv. This is one of the shows if you miss an episode your lost just like Homeland. Also when you DVR the show it would cut off the last two minutes of the show. The next weeks previews were shown in the last two minutes to help you keep up. Sanaa one of my favorites did an awesome job. My only complaint was the constant sex scenes just thrown in for dramatic effect because it's cable. I plan on buying the first two seasons. Big kudos to Mario Van Peeples who directed some of the best episodes in the series I was really impressed, he should get more credit.

  • cinexa | November 20, 2012 3:07 PMReply

    Bad decisino. This was a great show. I was in the Chi this weekend and was looking for Tom Kane....lol

  • Rod | November 20, 2012 2:07 PMReply

    Very disappointing; I was a late on the series but just recently caught up on the episodes and was waiting with tip-toe anticipation for season 3.

  • ProfJ | November 20, 2012 2:07 PMReply

    It was a great show about politics and human frailty. The acting was superb. I will miss the show, as I have watched every episode. I wish they would reconsider.

  • ALM | November 20, 2012 1:32 PMReply

    That's messed up. I don't have Starz, but I was able to catch 3 or so episodes when the show was free on Demand for a couple of weeks earlier this year. The show was very intense- in a good way. I felt bad for Kelsey's physician. I didn't see enough episodes to find out what ultimately happened to her character, but that sister was catching it- in a bad way.

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