Kelsey Grammer's latest show, “Boss,” will not make it to a third season. Starz has decided to cancel “Boss” after two seasons, but there will be plans to resurrect the show as a movie.
Kelsey Grammer has starred in “Boss” for the last two seasons on Starz. “Boss” has won favorable reviews and several award nominations, including a Golden Globe win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama by Grammer for his role as Chicago Mayor Tom Kane.
Despite the critical success, “Boss” did not find such success with viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Starz announced the cancellation of “Boss” on Tuesday, saying, “"We remain proud of this award-winning show, its exceptional cast and writers, and are grateful to Kelsey Grammer, [creator] Farhad Safinia and our partners at Lionsgate TV."
In its first season in 2011, “Boss” premiered to 659,000 viewers, drawing 1.72 million viewers over the weekend, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Season two of “Boss” fared worse, despite the critical praise and Golden Globe win for Grammer, with ratings dipping to 317,000 viewers for the premiere. Season two of “Boss” was down almost 200,000 viewers from season one.
Starz plans on closing out “Boss” with a two-hour movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While the show's failure may be hard to explain, Grammer, a proud Republican, said his politics could have hurt his awards chances. On “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” he said, “Do I believe it’s possible that some young person, young voting actor, or even older voting member for the Emmys, would sit there and go, ‘Yeah, that’s a great performance, but oooooh, I just hate everything he stands for?’
You can view the clip of Grammer's appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” below.