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'Boss' Season Finale: Tom Kane Seeks Retribution (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 12th 2011 3:30AM
'Boss' season finale - 'Choose'It was a short first season for 'Boss' (Fri., 10PM ET on Starz), but the gubernatorial campaign proved to be filled with tension and drama. And that was just the surface that the voters saw. Behind the scenes, things were even darker as Kane's desperation to hold onto his mayoral seat led him to take some very drastic and tragic actions.

The betrayal from within his office to see him thrown out of office finally reached the man who was perhaps his closest friend and advisor. For 30 years, Ezra Stone has advised Kane and stood by his side as he grew through the ranks to rule Chicago with an iron fist.

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The Hard Work of Kane's Team Unraveled by One Whistleblower on 'Boss' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 21st 2011 12:00AM
'Boss' - 'Remembered'This week's installment of 'Boss' (Fri., 10PM ET on Starz) was a master class in media manipulation. With a scandal on the verge of being revealed, Mayor Kane's crack team spent the next few days systematically working on each local news channel to redirect their attention elsewhere.

It was absolutely fascinating watching the work pay off as channel by channel, they bit on the bits of information leaked and created a more sensational story. Everything was coming off beautifully, until in the final moments of the episode we learned just how powerful a single voice can be.

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Adam Scott: 'Party Down' Movie Has a Production Company, Waiting for Starz

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 15th 2011 1:15PM
Party DownLow-rated, cult-hit series gets canceled. Said series becomes more popular after cancellation. Creators and cast fuel reunion movie rumors for months, years even. Sound familiar? It's been the case of 'Arrested Development' (canceled in 2006), 'Veronica Mars' (canceled in 2007) and 'Party Down' (canceled in 2010). However, it looks like the 'Party Down' movie could actually get made first.

Adam Scott, star of the dearly departed 'Party Down,' went on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast and spilled some beans on the status of the film.

"There's a company that is interested in it and they said they want to do it, it's just a matter of getting Starz to completely sign off on it," Scott said. "I think they're going to. They've been pretty cool about it."

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Tom Kane Gets an Unexpected New Drug Supplier on 'Boss' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 14th 2011 5:00AM
'Boss' - 'Slip'Tom found himself in need of finding a new source for the myriad of medications he needs to battle his degenerative disease on 'Boss' (Fri., 10PM ET on Starz). But he needs someone who can not only get him what he needs, but can be discreet about it. The latter perhaps being the more important of those two necessities.

So he turns to a woman who, only a few short episodes ago, wanted nothing to do with him. His daughter Emma now finds herself slowly trying to reconnect a very estranged relationship, while at the same time procuring him medications without a legal prescription. Somehow, we suspect she's going to find herself pulled right into the inevitable scandal.

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Tom Reveals His Secret to Emma on 'Boss' (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 7th 2011 1:10AM
Kelsey Grammer BossIt's not easy being mayor -- and it's apparently even harder when you have a degenerative neurological disorder that looks set to rapidly dismantle your whole world, as Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer) is starting to discover on 'Boss' (Fri., 10PM ET on Starz).

Up until now, he's been carrying the secret of his condition alone, but last Friday, he chose to unburden to his estranged daughter Emma, who, as a priest, would be sure to counsel him and comfort him where no-one else would.

Or not.

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'Spartacus: Vengeance' Gets a Release Date, Key Art and Trailer

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 3rd 2011 3:30PM
Spartacus: VengeanceFeast your eyes on that blood-spattered chest! 'Spartacus: Vengeance' is almost upon us -- the show debuts Fri., Jan. 27 at 10PM ET -- and Starz is looking to get your blood pumping with a new poster and trailer filled with new footage from the long-awaited return of 'Spartacus.'

'Spartacus: Vengeance' begins just a few weeks after the massacre that ended 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand.' The gladiators are united, albeit shakily, and Spartacus is still on a quest to avenge Sura's death. He'll attempt to build an army, set free the slaves and overcome the Roman Empire. Yep, all in one season!

This season will see Liam McIntyre take over the role of Spartacus from the late Andy Whitfield. Lucy Lawless, Peter Mensah, Manu Bennett, Dustin Clare, Nick E. Tarabay, Katrina Law, Craig Parker, Viva Bianca and Cynthia Addai-Robinson also star.

Check out the full poster and a trailer below!

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Meredith Steps Up When Tom Gets Disoriented at Press Conference on 'Boss' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 31st 2011 12:00AM
'Boss' - 'Reflex'In politics, your public image is every bit as important as where you stand on the issues. So when symptoms of Tom's medical condition started invading a press conference on 'Boss' (Fri., 10PM ET on Starz), it took some quick thinking on Meredith's part to salvage the moment for him.

Even though he's yet to open up about his medical condition, she was able to sense that something was wrong in that moment, and rather than let him appear weak, she stepped up and smoothly transitioned the conversation. The moment snapped Tom back and he was able to go on.

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'Boss' Behind-the-Scenes Preview & Interviews, Plus a Big Giveaway

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 25th 2011 4:35PM
Jeff Hephner as Ben Zajac, 'Boss'What did you think of Kelsey Grammer's new drama 'Boss' (Fridays, 10PM ET on Starz)? The pilot episode laid out Mayor Tom Kane's major dilemma for the series, but it also introduced several other intriguing players in the political landscape of Chicago.

In this behind-the-scenes video, creator Farhad Safinia and stars Kathleen Robertson (Kitty O'Neil) and Jeff Hephner (Ben Zajac) give insight into the Zajac's character and motivation as he becomes the Kane-endorsed candidate for governor.

"I think Zajac is a bright guy, and I think he has the same DNA, in a way, that makes up a guy like Kane," Hephner says. "It's important for him to try to reconcile how deep he gets into bed with Kane," Safinia teases, "because he knows what happens to people who do. Yet, the temptation of the fast-track to winning high office is very alluring."

And then there are Zajac's dalliances, another thing he shares in common with Kane. Robertson teases more about their torrid relationship, pointing out that "she knows better ... but she can't help herself."

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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.

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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.

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What To Watch: TV Picks for October 17-23

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 16th 2011 3:00PM
Harry BelafonteMONDAY, OCTOBER 17

'Terra Nova' (8PM ET, Fox)

When an orphaned "Sixer" girl comes to Terra Nova seeking asylum, the camp is at odds over whether they can trust her; Mira plots to reclaim a valued possession; Taylor begins to suspect there is a traitor in his midst and Reynolds admits his feelings for Maddy.

'Hart of Dixie' (9PM ET, The CW)
As Bluebell is hit by an intense heat wave, Zoe discovers that the hot weather makes everyone act differently and with a lot less inhibition. In fact, it takes all of Zoe's strength to ignore her heat-induced attraction to Wade until it gets the best of her. Meanwhile, Lemon prepares for the arrival of George's family, determined to win them over, but her emotions get the best of her when Lavon shows up to the same restaurant with his date, Didi. (Shirtless Wilson Bethel alert!)

'Sing Your Song' (10PM ET, HBO) special presentation
Filmmaker Susanne Rostock tells the rich life story of artist and humanitarian Harry Belafonte in this feature-length documentary. Though the film touches on Belafonte's musical career, 'Sing Your Song' focuses much of its time on Belafonte's social activism, as he worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and took action to counter gang violence, prisons and the incarceration of youth. Those interviewed include Tonny Bennett, Diahann Carroll, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as Belafonte's family and the artist himself.

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Starz Renews 'Boss' Before Season 1 Even Premieres

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 27th 2011 4:35PM
Boss'Boss,' Kelsey Grammer's return to scripted TV, has received a Season 2 pick-up before Season 1 has even hit the airwaves.

That means 10 new episodes (in addition to Season 1's eight) of the Farhad Safinia-created series will eventually hit the airwaves.

"The first time we read Farhad's script, we knew we had to make 'Boss,'" Chris Albrecht, CEO and president of Starz, said in a statement. "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."

Grammer stars as Chicago's powerful mayor Tom Kane (Grammer). His character will be threatened with a secret that could topple him.

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Starz Pays Tribute to Andy Whitfield With 'Spartacus' Marathon

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 16th 2011 1:15PM
Starz will pay tribute to the late Andy Whitfield by airing a 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' marathon Oct. 2.

The actor passed away Sept. 11 after an 18-month battle with cancer. As Friday's Starz press release noted, the 39-year old actor's "fans, friends, and colleagues alike have compared Whitefield's own persona, to that of the noble, brave, honorable gladiator character he played on screen."

The episodes to be screened starting at 9PM ET Oct. 2 will include the premiere and season finale. The other three episodes were not specified, but they will be "fan favorites" that "showcase his most memorable performances," according to the network.

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'Spartacus' Star Andy Whitfield Has Died at 39

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 11th 2011 10:25PM

Andy Whitfield, who played the title role in the first season of Starz's 'Spartacus,' passed away Sunday. The actor was 39.

"No words to express the depth of such a loss," 'Spartacus' creator Steven DeKnight said Sunday evening on Twitter. "You will be deeply missed, my brother."

According to a statement released to the AP by Whitfield's family, he died at home," on a sunny Sydney morning, in the "arms of his loving wife." His wife Vashti called him a "beautiful young warrior."

"He passed peacefully surrounded by love," said the statement from Vashti Whitfield. "Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was."

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Comic-Con Q&A: 'Spartacus: Vengeance' Cast On Fan Support & Season 2 Drama (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 23rd 2011 11:00AM
Lucy LawlessIt was the usual mayhem at the 'Spartacus' panel at Comic-Con. Fans saw the first footage of Liam McIntyre in the title role, and they certainly seemed to like it.

In one of the few serious moments, McIntyre said he'd spoken to previous star Andy Whitfield, who had to leave the project due to health reasons, and that having Whitfield's blessing "meant a lot to him." (Executive producer Steven DeKnight said Whitfield is doing "very well" with his treatment.)

Otherwise Lucy Lawless talked about the almost-unhinged Lucretia we will see in Season 2 and about Lucretia's very twisted relationship with Ilythia (Viva Bianca). Then Lawless demonstrated her almost unrivaled ability to make almost anything she says sound a little bit naughty. (A fan asked about "filling the void" now that John Hannah's character, Batiatus, is gone. You can imagine where that line of questioning went.)

The only time the cast was tongue-tied was when a fan asked if they were used to seeing each other naked. There was lots of embarrassed giggling, but I gathered that yes, they were used to it.

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