Boss (2011–2012)
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Election Day. The race is close, and while the candidates campaign, Kane and Stone must do their part to turn the gears of the political machine. Emma's world is turned upside-down while ... See full summary »

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Mario Van Peebles

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Farhad Safinia (creator), Farhad Safinia | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Grammer ... Mayor Tom Kane
Connie Nielsen ... Meredith Kane
Hannah Ware ... Emma Kane
Jeff Hephner ... Ben Zajac
Kathleen Robertson ... Kitty O'Neill
Martin Donovan ... Ezra Stone
Troy Garity ... Sam Miller
Francis Guinan ... Governor McCall Cullen
Daniel J. Travanti ... Gerald 'Babe' McGantry
Amy Morton ... Catherine Walsh
Rotimi ... Darius Morrison (as Rotimi Akinosho)
Jennifer Mudge ... Debra Whitehead
Karen Aldridge ... Dr. Ella Harris
James Vincent Meredith ... Alderman Ross
Kevin Gudahl Kevin Gudahl ... Alderman Solomou
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Election Day. The race is close, and while the candidates campaign, Kane and Stone must do their part to turn the gears of the political machine. Emma's world is turned upside-down while Meredith must go to great lengths to prove her allegiance to Kane. Written by Jessica Chou

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Crime | Drama

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Release Date:

9 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Lionsgate Television See more »
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Gerald 'Babe' McGantry: Leaving the landscape unchanged - or changed in appearance only - is how we've gotten to where we are, and how we stay here for the future.
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Bifurcated Hubris in Chicago
10 December 2011 | by stephenrtodSee all my reviews

I'm used to seeing Kelsey Grammar doing light, witty comedy, ala "Frasier." His newest endeavor, "Boss," dramatizes vestiges of "Richard III" interlarded with the vendetta approach of La Costa Nostra.

Women are powerful. If they love you, they can make sure you say the right things and make the right moves to get elected or re-elected - or not. If they despise you, you'd better change for the better or get left or dismantled and discarded.

Connie Nielsen is the glue that really molds and develops the plot. Beautiful, shrewd, tough and ambitious, she seems to know we aren't quite living in a truly free age where women can easily move to the top hierarchy in most cases. But they are working on it. Sex is a weapon among many.

Ironically, idealism also courses through the moves of aldermen, the mayor, a flawed female minister and daughter - and others. As in Shakespeare, Dickens, and other great writers, there are no minor characters. Every personage, however fleetingly on the stage, represents some pivotal idea or feeling.

"Boss" is very much like a medieval morality play. The cinematography, especially the startling camera angles and double-exposures, are like works of art.

Most of what I see on television I can fully absorb while working simultaneously on a crossword puzzle. With "Boss," I have to put down the book, put down the puzzle and stay focused. I DVR it so that I don't have to leave my seat for any reason until the final images and tremulous voices fade out.


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