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MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: BOSS: Is Kelsey Grammer’s show the new WIRE

MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: BOSS: Is Kelsey Grammer’s show the new WIRE



Starz’ “Boss” is a tour de force about politics, power and the press — and the inevitability of corruption.


By Matt Zoller Seitz
Press Play Contributor

Here are my shifting thoughts during the first 10 minutes of the pilot episode of the new Starz series Boss (Fridays, 10 p.m. Eastern/9 Central), starring Kelsey Grammer as the mayor of Chicago, with time stamps:

(1:00) Great credits.

(2:32) So apparently Kelsey Grammer had a Eureka! moment watching Breaking Bad one night, called his agent and said, “Find me a cable drama, and make sure it’s gritty.”

(3:17) Who did Kelsey Grammer play on Frasier again?

(4:20) Steve Buscemi is a brilliant actor, and I have tried with all my heart to appreciate his committed performance as Nucky Thompson on Boardwalk Empire, but I must now concede that he was miscast. Grammer would have been perfect.

(9:35) I might need to recap every episode of this series.

Starting … now.

You can read the rest of Matt’s piece here at Salon.

A critic, journalist and filmmaker, Matt Zoller Seitz is the staff TV columnist for Salon.com and the founder of Press Play.

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