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Starz Boss TV showNetwork: Starz
Episodes: 18 (hour)
Seasons: Two

TV show dates: October 11, 2011 — October 19, 2012
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Kelsey Grammer, Karen Aldridge, Connie Nielsen, Kathleen Robertson, Martin Donovan, Jeff Hephner, and Hannah Ware.

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TV show description:
This political drama TV series revolves around Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer), the powerful mayor of Chicago. He’s known for getting things done, regardless of the moral cost. Quite simply, he’s the most effective mayor in recent history.

Unfortunately, Kane’s recently been diagnosed with DLB, a degenerative neurological disorder. He can’t trust his memory, his closest allies, or even himself. Determined to remain in charge, Kane conceals the disease from everyone around him — except his neurologist, Doctor Ella Harris (Karen Aldridge).

Those around Kane are too busy with their own lives to notice anything unusual. Kane’s marriage to his wife Meredith (Connie Nielsen) is one of convenience.

Kane’s personal aide, Kitty O’Neill (Kathleen Robertson), has her suspicions but stays silent. Kane’s senior political advisor is Ezra Stone (Martin Donovan), a Yale graduate with a rough edge who remains questionless. State Treasurer Ben Zajac (Jeff Hephner) is too busy cultivating his political ambitions to become the next Governor of Illinois to notice anything out of the ordinary.

Only Emma (Hannah Ware), Kane’s estranged daughter, has a chance of learning his secret.

Series Finale

Episode #18 — True Enough
‘True Enough’ Miller publishes a story that could destroy Kane, but Kane’s biggest threat is Kitty’s alliance with Doyle. As Meredith forms a new relationship, Kane goes to the greatest lengths yet to stay on top.
First aired: October 19, 2012


What do you think? Are you sorry that Boss has been cancelled? How do you think the show should have ended?


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Charles Bell October 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

I sure hate the fact that this show (Boss) was cancelled. It was a great show. It was almost like looking into the back widow of City Governments. It was arguably realistic. I found myself talking to the screen. Please bring the show back. I truly miss it along with Magic City. I would rush home to see it even though replays were made available regularly.


Anonymous August 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

I thought the series was great. Truly disappointed


Terry Hall July 1, 2014 at 3:51 pm

I can not believe you would leave this show so up in the air. I understand money is always the deciding factor in any production, but the watchers loyalty should come first. BAD, BAD, decision on someones part. Please bring this show back!!!!


Jean June 22, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Boss and Magic City, my two favorite shows of all time. Will be cancelling my STARZ subscription. I guess they cancel on viewers so we cancel STARZ.


Suzie June 8, 2014 at 11:10 am

Excellent show in every aspect. Why cancel it? Very sad to hear this.


Julie April 10, 2014 at 5:18 pm

One of the most compelling scripts ever for TV series – the cast is phenomenal – needs to be continued and promoted .


Marsha March 31, 2014 at 12:55 am

After giving up TV for over two years.
My husband finally convinced me to watch some quality TV.
The Boss.
Absolutely thought this was edge of my seat viewing, unpredictable, hand over eyes realism, totally engrossed, remarkable acting and mind boggling story line.
And you cancel this incredible program.
I am dumbfounded.
Myself and others are so very very tired of seeing the caustic waste that is on the tube.
The very least you can do is have a conclusion to The Boss.
Just utterly fed up!!!!!!


Bev February 13, 2014 at 8:18 am

I can’t believe you cancelled such an excellent show. Kelsey Grammer and the other actors were superb. My husband and I had never heard of STARZ before this show and would have been interested in looking into subscribing to it but not now. Why get hooked on a storyline that ends with so many loose ends???? That is no way to treat your audience nor the people involved in producing the series. Very disappointed.


Debbie December 16, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I was trying to leave a comment and was told I had left the same one before. I am very sorry but this was my first attempt to comment on this network, Starz. I would appreciate it if you would stop trying to attempt to cancel my comment because it doesn’t agree with the Network. Yes you are wrong in cancelling good series as Rome, Boss, Magic City and now The White Queen. It was very successful in the amount of viewers. So what is your excuse. Time to listen to your viewers, Starzs because you are about to loose viewers. If you continue on this path you will be out of business.


smokey 11 August 22, 2013 at 10:07 pm

really got hooked on this series……………… cancelled………………… that’s a good way to
get high ratings ……………………………


Columbia34 August 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm

The Boss was one of the most sophisticated, well produced, thought provoking shows on TV. Because the powers to be will never learn nor care about the viewership – they will soon travel the road of NBC, MSNBC and CNN. If networks don’t bring shows like The Boss back, they’ll lose a lot of viewers. Many of us refuse to watch junk – and why pay for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Janet August 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Having lived in Chicago, the show seemed very realistic. Too realistic, maybe.


Trish May 26, 2013 at 10:49 pm

I am so disappointred that Boss has been cancelled. what a shame, it is a terrific Friday night sitcom. Why,Why, Why did the network cancel such a good show. Boy, the ones they need to cancel, they don’t. Please bring it back””””’


Pepper May 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

LOVE THIS SHOW! I turly disappointed me when it only had 8 episodes this last season, now they are cancelling it! WHY?


eileen April 25, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Boss is one of the best of TV……..why cancel. Guess networks just want stupid reality shows or stupid comedies???? I am addicted to Boss and very disappointed that it is gone. Shame on you


Debbie December 16, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I just don’t understand why they always cancel good series. Don’t they want people to continue to buy their cable channel? It just doesn’t make any sense. I’m going to cancel Starz. They have proven to not take in the wants and needs of their subscibers. No point in keeping this premium channel anymore. When they dropped Rome I was shocked. It was a fabulous series. Great acting and costumes in Rome, Boss and The White Queen. Who is running this company? Time to get rid of this person if you ask me.


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