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REVIEW: Boss “Listen” Pilot S1 E1

I was always planning on watching Boss, but as soon as it was renewed for a second season, I knew I had to watch this show.  I never really understood how shows got renewed before a season airs.   It happened with Glee when 2-3 episodes into Season 1, it was renewed for two seasons (and we all know how disastrous that was.)  It happened last season when How I Met Your Mother (who had been a perennial bubble show) was renewed for two seasons.  Not that I am complaining because I LOVE HIMYM, but it was odd.  So imagine when a brand new show that has never aired ONE episode, get renewed for a second season.  Can you explain that to me?   It’s like ordering a show to pilot and canceling it before it airs once.  It makes no sense.  What if this show tanks?   We could spend all day on that analysis but I will save that for another post at another time.

Right away after watching one episode, I think I can safely prognosticate that Kelsey Grammar will be nominated for an Emmy for his performance as Tom Kane.  He is dynamic on-screen and he completely carries the show.  The show starts off with Tom Kane in a warehouse with his doctor.  She is giving him horrific news…he is diagnosed with a degenerative, terminal neurological condition that sounds a little of a cross between ALS and Parkinson’s.  This one scene alone, Grammar should be nominated for the Emmy.   He sits there stone faced taking in the news. He grills the doctor on treatments, medicine, the prognosis with an efficient precision that instantly showcases his character as a powerful, no-nonsense man.  Later, we learn just how powerful a man he is….the mayor of Chicago.  But every once in a while, you see how painful this news is for him to take yet he does his best keeping his composure.  After the doctor leaves and he calls his cronies to pick him up, he has a brief period of time in which he loses it and he allows the grief of what he just learned, to take over.  But he can’t let it consume him for long because he needs to pull it together for a speech supporting the re-election of the Governor of Illinois.

While Grammar certainly carries the show (for now) there are two notable performances alongside him along with two potential gems.   Meredith Kane (played by the wonderful Connie Nielson)….”He was a soldier of Rome.  HONOR HIM!”   Sorry, needed to throw in the Gladiator reference.  I love that movie!   Anyhoo, Meredith is Tom’s wife.  To say their marriage is chilly, would be a massive understatement.  We learn her family comes from a political background and whether this is a marriage of political convenience and power or a once happy marriage that was destroyed somehow, we don’t know yet.  But Meredith seems to be a very powerful woman in her own right.   Ezra Stone (played by Martin Donovan) is another strong character as the mayor’s closest advisor.  Ezra, it would seem at least on the surface, a huge supporter of Kane and will have his back no matter what.  He seems to be the one person Kane can trust.  Will he remain that way throughout the course of the series?   We will see.

The other two potentials are Ben Zajac (played by Jeff Hephner) who is the young, cocky politician who Kane wants to enter the gubernatorial race against Mac Cullen (played by Francis Guinan) and will throw his support behind and the other is reporter Sam Miller (played by Troy Garity) who is looking into Tom Kane and looks to be the only person who knows about Kane’s doctor visit and who that doctor is.  He is digging for dirt but we don’t know why.  Is he doing it on someone’s orders or is he trying to become the next Bob Woodward?  I really enjoyed both performances and think they have decent potential.  I’ve seen Hephner in other shows and always enjoyed his performances so I have no doubt he’ll be solid here.

As for the rest of the cast, they didn’t do much for me.  Personally, I’m not a fan of Kathleen Robertson.  I will always remember her as Claire Arnold, the dean’s daughter on the original 90210 and I HATED her character.   She was one of the most annoying people on the show.  She also seems to play the same type of character all the time.  But the role of Kitty O’Neil, the mayor’s aide, could be a step up for her.  Right now the only interesting thing about her is that she like to have sex in stairwells with Zajac.  So there is a history between her and the mayor’s new boy toy for Governor.  But we’ll see where her character goes.  One character I have NO interest in right now is Kane’s daughter Emma (played by Hannah Ware) whose storyline always brings the show to a screeching halt.  She appears to have no relationship or a bad one with Kane right now (there was no indication either way with her and Meredith, who I assume is her mother) and she appears to be a minister with a drug problem.  Boring and dull is what that is.  Not to mention, everything and everyone revolving around Emma was very slow.  I’d rather there be more plot line development with the main and secondary characters…Kane, Meredith, Stone, Zajac, Miller, and even Kitty to some degree.  Even Gov. Cullen was more interesting in the brief time he was on the screen than she was.   So if she and her storyline were to go away completely, I would be ok with that!

I would recommend checking out Boss.  The pilot wasn’t as strong as it could have been but sometimes these shows need time to build momentum.  Unfortunately, this show on has 8 episodes this season to do that.   However, like I mentioned in the beginning, it has already been renewed for a second season, so it has plenty of time to build momentum, story lines and characters.

If you watched Boss, what did you think?  If you didn’t, check it out on demand or Starz will be running reruns until the second episode which airs Friday nights at 10pm.

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Starz Renews Kelsey Grammer’s “Boss” For A Second Season

Don’t worry if this news confuses you or if you have no idea what show “Boss” is.   You know why?    Because not one episode of Boss has aired yet!!!

I’m not sure why networks do this?    Why do you renew a show for another season when the current season hasn’t even aired yet?   Did no one notice how awful Glee was during its second season after it was renewed for a second AND third season after season 1 wrapped?   I don’t like it and I don’t get it.   How do you renew a show if you have no idea how it’s going to do?   What if this show tanks?   I guess they can still cancel it anyway.   But I don’t know what the ramifications are if that happens.   Do you still owe the cast and crew money for that renewed season even if it doesn’t go to air?   I have no idea but I would like to know.

Anyway, Boss will premiere on Starz at 10pm on October 21st.  Now I’m really interested in tuning in!

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Renewed Shows, Starz

 

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CANCELED SHOWS: Camelot on Starz

I guess I can erase this series from my DVR.   Starz has decided not to move forward with production on the Starz original series Camelot.   Starz is siting “significant production challenges” as the reason for not having a Season Two.   What is constituting those challenges…scheduling conflicts with cast members, which is shot in Ireland.

It’s a shame for the fans because people I talked to who watched Camelot, said it was a solid show.  And it was one of Starz top rated original series.   But if they couldn’t work it out with too many members of the cast, I guess they couldn’t move forward.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Canceled Shows

 

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Mid Season Premiere Dates!

It’s hard to believe that we are mid way through the 2010-2011 TV season but we are!  There are lots of shows premiering in Jan-Mar 2011 (probably because the shows in 2010 weren’t so great.)  There is also A LOT of moving shows to new days and times since there is a lot of burn off that needs to happen with shows.  It can be very confusing so I am going to break it down as best I can.

Below are all the premiere dates of new shows starting in Jan.  Some shows are returning from hiatus (like Pretty Little Liars, Survivor, and American Idol) and some are brand new shows (like The Cape, Harry’s Law, and Mr Sunshine) and the new shows are highlighted for you.  So check these out and the daily grids should be coming soon!

Date Time Show Network
Monday, January 03, 2011 8:00 The Bachelor ABC
Monday, January 03, 2011 8:00 Pretty Little Liars ABC Family
Monday, January 03, 2011 9:00 Greek ABC Family
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 8:00 Live to Dance   NEW CBS
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 8:00 The Biggest Loser NBC
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 9:00 V ABC
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 10:00 Southland TNT
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 9:00 Are We There Yet? TBS
Thursday, January 06, 2011 8:00 Winter Wipeout ABC
Friday, January 07, 2011 10:00 Merlin Syfy
Sunday, January 09, 2011 8:30 Bob’s Burgers   NEW Fox
Sunday, January 09, 2011 9:00 The Cape   NEW NBC
Sunday, January 09, 2011 9:00 Californication SHOW
Sunday, January 09, 2011 9:30 Episodes   NEW SHOW
Sunday, January 09, 2011 10:00 Shameless   NEW SHOW
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 10:00 Lights Out   NEW FX
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 10:00 Off the Map   NEW ABC
Sunday, January 16, 2011 9:00 Big Love HBO
Monday, January 17, 2011 9:00 The Cape (timeslot premiere) NBC
Monday, January 17, 2011 9:00 Being Human   NEW Syfy
Monday, January 17, 2011 10:00 Harry’s Law   NEW NBC
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 10:00 White Collar USA
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:00 American Idol Fox
Thursday, January 20, 2011 8:30 Perfect Couples    NEW NBC
Thursday, January 20, 2011 9:00 Royal Pains USA
Thursday, January 20, 2011 9:30 Parks and Recreation NBC
Thursday, January 20, 2011 10:00 Fairly Legal     NEW USA
Friday, January 21, 2011 8:00 Who Do You Think You Are? NBC
Friday, January 21, 2011 8:00 Kitchen Nightmares Fox
Friday, January 21, 2011 10:00 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena NEW Starz
Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:00 Archer FX
Monday, February 07, 2011 9:00 The Chicago Code    NEW Fox
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 9:30 Mr. Sunshine    NEW ABC
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 10:00 Justified FX
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 8:00 Survivor: Redemption Island CBS
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 10:00 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior  NEW CBS
Sunday, February 20, 2011 8:00 The Amazing Race CBS
Monday, February 21, 2010 8:30 Mad Love  NEW CBS
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:00 America’s Next Top Model CW
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:00 Shedding for the Wedding    NEW CW
Monday, February 28, 2011 9:00 The Event NBC
Sunday, March 06, 2011 8:00 Secret Millionaire   NEW ABC
Sunday, March 06, 2011 8:00 The Marriage Ref NBC
Sunday, March 06, 2011 8:00 The Kennedys    NEW HIST
Sunday, March 06, 2011 9:00 Celebrity Apprentice NBC
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:00 America’s Next Great Restaurant   NEW NBC
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:00 Body of Proof   NEW ABC

Now these aren’t all the premieres..I refuse to put the premiere of junk like Jersey Shore on here.  But this should cover most shows.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2010 in ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC, Showtime, TBS, TNT, USA

 

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