Starz Renews ‘Boss’ – Before It Premieres

Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane in Boss (Starz)

Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane in Boss (Starz)

Starz has high hopes for “Boss.” So high, they’ve renewed the Kelsey Grammer-starring drama before its October 21 debut.

The network announced a 10-episode pick-up for the series on Tuesday.

“Boss” comes from creator Farhad Safinia and stars Grammer as corrupt Chicago mayor Tom Kane – a powerful leder who holds a terrible secret that threatens to topple his successful career.  The premiere episode was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Gus Van Sant.

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“The first time we read Farhad’s script, we knew we had to make ‘Boss,’” said Starz President and Chief Executive Officer, Chris Albrecht via press release. “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.”

Safinia added,  “A huge thank you to our partners for their support. This is unprecedented and exciting, and I am looking forward to another season.”

Said Grammer, “It’s nice to get this vote of confidence. Good thinking, I love this show.”

Starz has a history of premature renewals. In 2009, they picked up “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” prior to its 2010 premiere.

“Boss” premieres Friday, Oct. 21 at 10/9c on Starz.

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