TV TEASER: Starz’s New Drama ‘Boss’

By | Tuesday September 6, 2011 @ 2:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Starz today released a trailer for its new drama series Boss. It stars Kelsey Grammer as the ruthless mayor of Chicago who is diagnosed with a degenerative mental condition that only he and his doctor know about. Observers describe the show as the former Frasier Read More »

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TCA: Kelsey Grammer On His Dramatic Transformation In Starz’s ‘Boss’

Nellie Andreeva

Kelsey Grammer is taking a dark turn in his first drama series, Starz’s upcoming Boss, in which he stars as the ruthless mayor of Chicago who is diagnosed with a degenerative mental condition that only he and … Read More »

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USA Network Developing Half-Hour Comedy From Kelsey Grammer

By | Friday April 29, 2011 @ 5:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: TV Land successfully jump-started its half-hour comedy business with a sitcom from a former NBC comedy star, Sean Hayes’ Hot In Cleveland. Now USA Network is looking to do the same with Kelsey Grammer. As part of USA’s push … Read More »

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Starz Sets Production Start And Remaining Cast For Kelsey Grammer Series ‘Boss’

By | Wednesday April 20, 2011 @ 11:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Deadline told you about the Kelsey Grammer Starz series Boss last fall, and now the network has confirmed everything, with Gus Van Sant set to make his TV directing debut. Not included in the release is that Troy Garity will join the series for a key story arc as … Read More »

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Jeff Hephner To Co-Star On Starz’s ‘Boss’

By | Monday March 28, 2011 @ 10:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: It’s a happy ending to the pilot season for Jeff Hephner after all. The actor, who after grueling auditions landed the lead in NBC’s drama pilot Playboy but was replaced after the table read with Eddie Cibrian, … Read More »

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Connie Nielsen To Star In Starz’s Drama Series ‘Boss’

By | Tuesday March 22, 2011 @ 10:52am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In her first regular series gig, Connie Nielsen will star opposite Kelsey Grammer in the Starz series Boss. In the 8-episode political drama, written by Farhad Safinia and directed by Gus Van Sant, Grammer stars as Kane, the Mayor … Read More »

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Kelsey Grammer To Direct Conan O’Brien-Produced Comedy Pilot ‘Vince Uncensored’

By | Wednesday March 16, 2011 @ 8:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Kelsey Grammer has signed on to direct CBS’ multicamera comedy pilot Vince Uncensored, which stars Michael Chiklis. The project, from veteran sitcom writer Phoef Sutton, Conan O’Brien’s Conaco and Warner Bros. TV, centers on a man (Chiklis) who, after … Read More »

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‘Nip/Tuck’ Duo Join Starz’s ‘Boss’ As EPs

By | Friday February 4, 2011 @ 12:36pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Former Nip/Tuck executive producers Richard Levine and Lyn Greene have joined Starz’s upcoming series Boss as executive producers/co-showrunners. Boss, which received an 8-episode straight-to-series order in November, is a political drama starring Kelsey Grammer as the Mayor of Chicago who is diagnosed with a degenerative mental condition that … Read More »

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Starz To Greenlight Drama Series Starring Kelsey Grammer & Helmed By Gus Van Sant

By | Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 6:34pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

After a heated bidding war, Boss, a political drama project starring Kelsey Grammer and written by Apocalypto co-writer Farhad Safinia, has landed at Starz with an 8-episode straight-to-series order. In his first foray into television, Milk director Gus Van Sant is set to direct the pilot and executive produce the series, which will be produced by Lionsgate Television. This also marks the cable debut of one of broadcast TV’s most recognizable stars, Grammer, as well as his first foray into drama series. It is also his first project since recently signing with WME. Boss will star Grammer as the Mayor of Chicago who is diagnosed with a degenerative mental condition that only he and his doctor know about. It is described as a King Lear-inspired tale of power set in Chicago’s political machine. Grammer will executive produce along with his new Grammnet Prods. partner Brian Sher as well as Van Sant and Stella Stolper.

Safinia and Grammer were introduced a year ago by Stolper and Sher. The two bonded over their love of William Shakespeare and specifically, King Lear. Grammer has strong theater ties. He started off on stage and made his Broadway debut in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. (He also starred in the Broadway revival of Othello.) Grammer and Safinia decided to partner on developing a contemporary series project that draws on the classic play while Grammer was working on Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles, a musical that earned him a Tony nomination. Safinia wrote the script on spec, with input from Grammer and his company. WME, which repped all parties involved, then passed the script to Van Sant. Boss was taken out in the marketplace two weeks ago, garnering strong interest from several cable networks. Starz won the bidding with its aggressive offer for an 8-episode series order. Boss falls under the pay cable network’s business model of ordering projects straight-to-series. It is the second such order for Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht after the 10-episode pickup of Camelot earlier this year. Read More »

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News From Broadway…

By | Wednesday November 10, 2010 @ 7:10am PST
Mike Fleming

Harvey Fierstein, who won the 1984 Tony Award for writing the book for the musical La Cage Aux Folles, is taking a lead in the show for the very first … Read More »

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WME Signs Kelsey, Reba, Little Big Town

By | Thursday September 30, 2010 @ 5:14pm PDT

Kelsey Grammer, the 5-time Emmy winner and Tony nominee, is moving from CAA to WME where he’ll be repped by the same half-dozen agent team who handle Tyler Perry. Grammer has a … Read More »

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‘Back To You’ Memorial Erected At Fox

UPDATED: Below are photos of an unscheduled upfront week event. Early this morning, because the sitcom Back to You had been cancelled, upset fans made a “memorial” in front of the gates at Fox studios. And the star of the sitcom Kelsey Grammar even posed for a picture beside it. (I just … Read More »

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