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'Boss' Bosses Exit the Show

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 22nd 2011 4:00PM
Kelsey Grammer's new Starz series 'Boss' just premiered last night, and there are already big shake-ups behind the scenes.

According to Deadline, 'Boss' co-showrunners and executive producers Richard Levine and Lyn Greene are exiting the drama series, which was already renewed for a second season (yes, before it even premiered) last month.

Levine and Greene, formerly of 'Nip/Tuck,' were on board for the entire eight-episode first season to oversee things with first-time series creator and executive producer Farhad Safinia. Deadline's sources implied that Safinia was a quick study, but confirmed that the series is searching for a new writer/executive producer to join the team -- which also includes star Grammer, director Gus Van Sant, Brian Sher and Stella Bulochnikov -- for Season 2.

The drama follows Chicago Mayor Tom Kane (Grammer) as he deals with his most recent issue: being diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disorder. The series also stars Connie Nielsen as Kane's wife, Meredith; Kathleen Robertson as Kane's personal aide Kitty; Martin Donovan as senior political adviser Ezra Stone; and Troy Garity as a journalist determined to uncover Kane's secrets.

Ratings for last night's 'Boss' series premiere have yet to come in, but reviews were definitely mixed. Read Mo Ryan's take here.

Tell us: What did you think of the 'Boss' premiere? If you haven't watched yet, check it out right here:

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I really like Boss. It is great acting and Grammer is wonderful in this role. Love his wife, how she turns it "on" for the camera. Can't figure out the daughter yet. But, love the dirty politics and Grammer's 2 aides. Great tv.

November 05 2011 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Boss first episode had unnecessary graphic sex and unnerving violence. I guess it's STARZ answer to HBO's Boardwalk Empire which boasts the same things. Can't we get past the blunt, and be a little more suggestive? Grammer is a great actor. He really gave me the creeps. Will I watch any more of Boss? Maybe not. A lot of TV violence has a comic book feel to it. (unreal). But Boss feels too real. I can pick up a newspaper for that.

October 23 2011 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Best new show of the season.

October 23 2011 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I remember going to the wake of Anton Cermak. Chicago politics is nothing new to me, I went to school with Mary Alice Kerner, daughter of Gov. Otto Kerner. This is a story I would live to watch - it is my history.

October 23 2011 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Js Martin II

I like Boss..Plain and simple..Gritty, dark, compelling...Hadn't heard anything about it and was pleasantly surprised when I found it on Demand...I think the drug issue with the daughter could get old (as I read somewhere else), but it is definitely something I am looking forward to following.

And I am glad Kelsey Grammer seems to be done with the cheesy sitcoms. He is so much better

October 23 2011 at 3:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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