7 June 2012 4:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage. Farhad Safinia has done quite well for a guy testing the rocky waters of series television for the first time. With only one other previous gig (co-writing the 2006 feature Apocalypto with star-producer-director Mel Gibson), the Iranian-born Safinia was not only able to persuade Kelsey Grammer to transform himself into a dramatic lead, he also talked Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht into giving his political drama Boss a series order. And the rewards didn’t stop there. Boss earned a pair of Golden Globe nominations — for top drama and for Grammer as lead drama series actor — and a win for Grammer. Boss also snared a second season pickup last September, nearly a month before it even premiered (it returns to Starz for its second season on August 17). Safinia spoke with Awardsline about what it’s been like to create and run the show, »


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