Did everyone enjoy that series premiere of Starz new drama Boss starring Kelsey Grammer? It must have made quite the splash because... what? The show hasn't even premiered yet? Not until October 21st? Talk about confidence, three weeks before the series is even scheduled to premiere, Starz announced today that they are already renewing for a second season. Like I said, confidence.
The Lionsgate Entertainment produced series, which will air its 8 episode first season on Starz, has indeed already received its order for a 10-episode second season. Apparently, the people at the network are more than impressed with the series stating that:
The first time we read Farhad’s script, we knew we had to make ‘Boss,’” said Starz President and Chief Executive Officer, Chris Albrecht. “With each episode, the story grew richer, and the cast continued to turn in breakthrough performances. Led by Kelsey and Farhad, this creative team is giving us dramatic storytelling at its very best. For our viewers, we felt it important to start working on the next season as soon as possible.
That may be one of the most encouraging statements ever made by a network executive. The fact that Starz recognizes the importance of the writing process and wants to get a jump to ensure the quality continues is more than admirable and a practice (as well as a show of faith) that should be more common.
For all those wanting to catch a glimpse of the series before it airs, you can take a look at the full trailer here or here (if you happen to live within the United States that is because if you don't - like me - let the searching begin). Kelsey Grammer is an exceptional actor. He didn't win multiple Emmys for his good-looks but Boss will offer a little bit of a different look at the man we've come to know and love as Dr. Frasier Crane. You might want to check out the flick 15 Minutes to catch a glimpse of Kelsey at his most dramatic and sleazy.
Production of Boss' second season will begin in early 2012 but you can catch the entire first season starting with the premiere on October 21 on Starz at 10 p.m.
Official Synopsis via Starz,
Mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer) 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.