Starz Nabs Grammer For Original Series

by , Sep 28, 2011, 2:08 PM
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Despite some of his recent shows that have failed to catch fire, Starz is doubling down on "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer in his first drama series. The company has ordered 10 more episodes and a second season of "Boss" before the show debuts Oct. 21.

Starz has been aggressively looking to add more series programming to muscle in some of the territory commanded by HBO and Showtime.

In addition to Grammer in a drama, well-known Oscar-nominated film director Gus Van Sant is making his TV debut. The first season includes eight episodes.

Grammer, who is well known for comedic roles in "Cheers" and "Frasier," plays a widely powerful Chicago mayor, who faces "a terrible secret that threatens to topple his power."

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht stated: "With each episode, the story grew richer, and the cast continued to turn in breakthrough performances."

The show comes from Lionsgate, which is behind Showtime hit "Weeds" and AMC's "Mad Men."

"This early vote of confidence from our partners at Starz is extremely gratifying and reflects the tremendous work of all those involved with 'Boss' on both sides of the camera," stated Kevin Beggs, president of Lionsgate Television Group. He said Grammer's role "is a powerful and radical departure from his previous television roles, and we can't wait for viewers to be drawn into his fascinating world."

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