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Starz fires 'Boss'

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Starz is canceling Kelsey Grammer’s Boss.

After two seasons on the air, the network has elected to conclude the drama series. Boss was critically well-regarded, though rather grim and low rated. It earned Grammer a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a vindictive Chicago Mayor who was increasingly impaired by a neurological disease.

“After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to not proceed with Boss,” the network said in a statement. “We remain proud of this award-winning show, its exceptional cast and writers, and are grateful to Kelsey Grammer, Farhad Safinia and our partners at Lionsgate TV.”

The first season averaged only 643,000 viewers for premiere episodes. The second season, which Starz ordered before the first season debuted, averaged 579,000. The move comes as Starz makes room for an unprecedented four original dramas on the air next year: Da Vinci’s Demons (first trailer here), the final season of Spartacus: War of the Damned, the second season of Magic City and new series The White Queen. The network also has pirate drama Black Sails coming in 2014.

'Boss' ad puts cast on meat hooks: Crass or catchy? -- PHOTO

Here’s a polarizing piece of marketing art: To promote the second season of Starz’ Boss, the network has put the supporting cast on meat hooks in the show’s new key art. The poster is set in a meat locker, with Kelsey Grammer’s ruthless mayor Tom Kane rolling up his sleeves to go to work on his minions and rivals. The tagline — “Power Consumes Everyone” — connects to the image, sort of, if you think about it. Clunky Photoshop or catchy marketing? You decide:  READ FULL STORY

'Boss' season 2 first trailer

“Muscle rigidity, whole body tremors, it’s an acute acceleration of the disease” — yup, TV’s most feel-good drama is coming back. Starz’ grim political drama Boss is returning for a second season with a new showrunner, Dee Johnson (The Good Wife), and several new co-stars, including Jonathan Groff (Glee). Boss returns Aug. 17. Here’s the first trailer: READ FULL STORY

First look at 'Boss' season two (with Jonathan Groff) -- EXCLUSIVE

There’s changes coming to the second season of Starz’ Boss and EW.com has your first look.

In addition to a new showrunner Dee Johnson (The Good Wife), there’s several cast members and guest stars joining the show, backing up star Kelsey Grammer who recently won a Golden Globe for his performance as the ruthless Chicago Mayor Tom Kane.

The Boss additions include Jonathan Groff (Glee) as Kane’s new ambitious young adviser, Sanaa Lathan (Nip/Tuck), as Alderman Ross’ strong-willed Chief of Staff, rapper Tip (T.I.) Harris as a former gangbanger with designs on a career in City Hall and Amy Morton (Private Practice) as a politician running for Governor who’s determined to break her losing streak.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at the new season (including, yes, a couple glimpses of Groff) which gets underway on Starz on Friday, Aug. 17 at 10 p.m.: READ FULL STORY

'Boss' gets season 2 premiere date

A little more than seven months after Boss star Kelsey Grammer nabbed a dark-horse Golden Globe for his role as a hard-boiled Chicago Mayor Thomas Kane, the STARZ original series will return for its second season on Aug. 17 at 10 p.m. ET.

We left off with Kane in the grips of a stroke. Next season, he’ll grapple with the psychological impact of increasing doses of medication and will begin probing his inner circle for weakness and disloyalty. Check out the season 2 promo below. READ FULL STORY

'Boss' promo: Is there anything more dangerous than a dying man? -- VIDEO

Thomas Kane (Kelsey Grammer) was left seizing on the floor at the end of the season finale of Boss, and while the new season presumably finds him surviving the stroke, it’s clear that his neurological disease is finally catching up to him. The result, according to this just-released teaser trailer for the forthcoming second season? A man who has nothing to lose — a.k.a.: the most dangerous man you’ve ever met.

Check out the video below. The new season of the Golden Globe-nominated series kicks off in August. READ FULL STORY

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