'Boss' Canceled by Starz After Two Seasons

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November 20th, 2012

Boss has been  cancelled by Starz, according to an official statement from the network. Update: Deadline is reporting that there may be a two-hour movie in the works to wrap up the storyline. Official statement is below.


After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to not proceed with Boss. 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.

  • Bongstradmaus

    Its sad that shows like this cannot be successful but DWTS and American Idol continue on.

  • frank

    For all the people who whine that Hollywood is such a liberal town, if that’s true, why do they hate giving proper royalties to actors, directors, writers and producers? Why do they love working crews for 16 hour days for weeks at a time? Why do they fire actors when they want certain standards met?

    Shame the show got canned, but the mayor was supposed to be turning into a vegetable so it was going to end with him not being able to get out of bed some morning.

  • Jase

    Sad news. Honestly, Starz should really rethink getting into the original series game. Also, why would you air Boss, Spartacus, etc… on such a low rated day/night like Friday in the first place?

    I think a movie, if done well, could wrap things up, but I’m hoping they also try shopping the show around to see if there’s any interest out there.

  • jmahoney

    Starz reveals the shocking real reason why it cancelled one of the best shows on TV “Boss.” Here’s the link http://hollywoodandswine.com/all-five-people-who-subscribe-to-starz-furious-over-cancellation-of-kelsey-grammers-boss/

  • JW

    This was a tremendously good show, but it was definitely dark. Superb acting and cinematography. Loved seeing Kathleen Robertson on TV again – had a crush on her since 90210.

    Unfortunately, Starz is a garbage network that has shown with great consistency that they cannot manage shows. Their subscriber number is incredibly low, too. That 500k viewers is basically all of their subscribers, so the show was actually doing pretty well.

    Grammar put a lot of his own money into the show, performed extremely well in it, and did everything that he could do by getting nominated for his role. Unfortunately, too late.

    We’ll see if the prophecy of a movie comes to fruition. If history is any indicator, it will not.

  • Tom

    I’ll settle two seasons of Boss any day. Boss is exactly the kind of niche show that would never have survived on network television assuming it even got picked up. Shows like this have a limited audience appeal regardless of how good they are. Fortunately, cable and premium networks are willing to take some initiative and broadcast them. So, I’m grateful for Starz for sponsoring two seasons of Boss. It was superb.

    I realize that the economics of cable are different than for the networks, but I’d like to see more network shows with marginal ratings get a second life on cable. For example, Southland is still on TNT after being dropped by NBC for being “too dark”. Those kinds of value judgments appear to be less prevalent on cable and premium channels where appeasing the “family values” crowd seems to be less of a priority.

  • simsalabim

    Very dissapointing, great show. At least they’ll wrap it up with a movie.

  • cj

    Quote: “Lol, no doubt he will but since Tom Selleck, Angie Harmon, Gary Sinise, Donald Trump, Craig T. Nelson, and Patricia Heaton are all conservatives and or Republicans with current TV shows he’ll be full of crap, as ever.”

    6 of thousands of actors. Maybe there is something to the “liberal bias” of Hollywood. Ya think?

  • Bill

    Every amazing show gets the shaft now. And what makes it worse is that they are victims of being poorly marketed by their networks. Gee Starz, maybe the ratings would’ve been better if you ACTUALLY PROMOTED THE SHOW. No one even knew it existed! I stumbled upon it by complete accident. That’s not fair to the show, or its viewers.

  • Matthew Coe Hill

    Great show. I’m a fan. Sopranos calibre. Too high brow for the sad state of affairs being the viewing audience which has the attention span of a gnat. Keep playing Angry Birds.

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