Starz Cancels Boss

By Tim Surette

Nov 20, 2012

Laid off! Canned! Pink slipped! Fired! Downsized! Impeached! You know what, I'll just stick with "canceled." Starz has canceled its original drama Boss after two seasons due to mediocre ratings. However, there's talk that the network might give the show closure with a two-hour movie, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Starz has been making a big push into original programming, and after developing a reputation for boobs 'n blood with shows like Spartacus, the network established a sense of legitimacy with Boss, for which series star Kelsey Grammer won a Golden Globe. But Season 2 was outperformed by Season 1 and the show never became the breakout hit Starz hoped it would.

Boss was a great show, but not the kind of series that could completely shift a network's identity or draw subscribers. Moving forward, Starz is sticking with its bread and butter, historical period dramas, with series about Leonardo Da Vinci, Marco Polo, and pirates in the works. And boobs. Lots of boobs.

Will you miss Boss?

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  • therisacallie Mar 10, 2013

    I really liked the show. Plus I like Kelsey Grammar. I think this is a mistake. Has a poll been taken from the viewers?

  • Acrobit Dec 17, 2012


    Just had to get that out. I'm okay. Well, I *will* be.


  • tommurphy3323 Dec 09, 2012

    I'm actually surprised. I didn't think TV viewing and programming decisions had become this pathetic. I hope one of the big boy cable networks makes wannabe Starz rue the day.

  • PuppyhushHush Nov 26, 2012

    i will miss it so much, thats the worst decision a network has ever made.

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  • dagrimmreepa Nov 23, 2012

    I did not like this show at all. I felt like it way way, way too unrealistic for the world it tried to represent. Also, I cannot stand Kelsey Grammer, the dude's a complete asshole. I'm glad that he's out of a job.

  • kingbasil Nov 22, 2012

    I blame the audience. They leave these outstanding shows and stick with reality shit.
    This was one of the greatest shows but people don't deserve great shows anymore.

  • haroven Nov 22, 2012

    Of course I'll miss this show. Peeps are always comparing TV drama to shakespeare and nearly always missing but this show was pure Lear. But once Oblamblam won, it was difficult to see the show continuing. It didn't pay for itself and there's no point in showing what 'community organisers' (nee ward heelers) really get up to in Chicago now Oblammer has run his last race.
    Rahm Emmanuel and the rest of the Chicago dem machine woulda been puttin maximum pressure on Starz to lose this show.
    Life is meant to imitate arrt, not the other way around.
    As an old leftie comparing right wing use of TV with the ersatz left (aka dem) use and I found the left's efforts puerile. Lets hope theat dire show, 'The Newsroom' which was the dem party effort to use TV drama to influence voters also dies as Boss was at least able to stand on its own as drama but the Sorkin Newsroom soap opera, was just didactic lecturing with no redeeming artistic qualities at all.

  • paris_slim Nov 22, 2012

    As everyone is saying, we need closure! Did they induce the stoke in the old man? Boss could be killed off in the end, once the street department fixes that damn pothole he screamed about!

  • AnnLyons Nov 22, 2012

    This is truly terrible! This is one of the best shows I have ever seen. Can't stand Kelsey Grammer, but he was brilliant in this series. As were all the actors. This just can't be happening. Another season should be made. I like how this show was done more like a British series -just the 10 or so eps per season. Just enough not like American shows that go to 22 or so eps per season and then a trillion seasons. Can someone else pick it up? Or perhaps Kelsey could fund the production??

  • paris_slim Nov 22, 2012

    Agreed! Every role was brilliantly acted. And the most sympathetic character in it was a junkie who murdered someone!

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