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Tom Kane Gets a Secret Diagnosis That Could Change Everything on 'Boss' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 24th 2011 1:00AM
'Boss' - 'Pilot'With the premiere of 'Boss' (Fri., 10PM ET on Starz) any remaining vestiges of Frasier Crane that we saw when Kelsey Grammer would appear on other shows fell to the side. Here was a commanding orator, a powerful and driven man, and a very serious man.

We first met him at perhaps one of the lowest points of his life. But even when getting the diagnosis that spelled out a very unpleasant fate at the hands of a disease there is no cure for, Tom Kane (Grammer) exuded poise and grace. At least, so long as there was anyone around.

To say that Kane is a complicated character is an understatement, and 'Boss' seems to be in no hurry to unpeel that particular onion. They have, in fact, surrounded him with equally complex characters in a very dark and pessimistic-looking tapestry of Chicago politics.

With a different and much more methodical pace than 'The Chicago Code,' and the inevitable comparisons we've already seen to 'The Wire' because of its tone and focus, 'Boss' isn't going to be everybody's cup of tea. It's unlikely it could rise to the standards of 'The Wire,' often lauded as the best show ever on television, but falling short of that lofty goal does not mean 'Boss' can't be great in its own right.

It just kind of needs to figure out where it's going and what it's going to be about. Maybe, even give us a few clues as well. So far, it's a lot of mood and far less substance, but Grammer is absolutely mesmerizing in the lead role. In that regard, it reminds me of 'Boardwalk Empire,' which can be a chore to slog through, but is worth it for the brilliance of Steve Buscemi.

Check out Mo Ryan's advance review of the show here, and you can listen to her talk about it on her podcast here.

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