The political drama earned Grammer a 2012 Best Actor Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of fictional Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, but the show is destined to be short-lived.
Executives at cable TV network Starz have decided not to renew the programme for a third season due to low ratings.
A statement from the studio reads: "After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to not proceed with Boss. We remain proud of this award-winning show, its exceptional cast and writers, and are grateful to Kelsey Grammer, (creator) Farhad Safinia and our (producing) partners at Lionsgate TV."
Since his star turn in Frasier, which wrapped in 2004, Grammer has been struggling to reconnect with viewers on the small screen - Back to You and Hank were also axed after just a handful episodes.
November 19, 2010 4:07am EST
Kelsey Grammer is returning to TV -- via Starz.
In his first cable outing, the erstwhile Frasier Crane will headline a project written by Apocalypto co-writer Farhad Safinia with a pilot directed by Gus Van Sant, who will also executive produce.
Deadline reports that the 8-episode straight-to-series drama, Boss, was the subject of a bidding war and will be produced by Lionsgate Televsion. Grammer will star as the mayor of Chicago who is diagnosed with a degenerative mental condition that only he and his doctor know about.
Per Deadline, the series is described as a King Lear-inspired tale of power set in Chicago's political machine.
Grammer will executive produce with his new Grammnet Prods partner Brian Sher, along with Van Sant and Stella Stolper.
Van Sant came aboard via WME, which repped all parties.
Boss started being shopped two weeks ago with strong interest coming from several cable networks, says Deadline.
Grammer recently relaunched Grammnet in partnership with former ICM agent Sher to develop scripted and non-scripted shows.
Production on Boss will begin in the spring, according to Variety, with producers eyeing Chicago as a location.
Source: Hollywood Wiretap
Just days after it was announced that he will direct an Alien prequel, Ridley Scott is now also attached to another futuristic project, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.
The dystopian novel's adaptation has been set up at Universal, where Scott will produce the project with an eye to direct, reports the Risky Business blog. Scott's sometime collaborator, Leonardo DiCaprio, has a strong eye to star.
Apocalypto writer Farhad Safinia has been brought in by the studio for script duties.
Leonardo and George DiCaprio will produce at Appian and Michael Costigan will also produce for Scott Free.
Scott has mentioned casually in interviews over the past year that he's interested in the 1931 novel, which Appian Way owns, notes the blog.
Scott Free and Appian execs have been meeting frequently during the past six months giving the project more momentum, although it is still at the development stage.
Scott is currently shooting Robin Hood and DiCaprio is shooting Christopher Nolan's Inception. The actor does not have a movie lined up after that while Scott does not have a go-project ready, says BIZ.
Huxley's book takes place in a seemingly perfect 26th century world that has achieved harmony by tightly controlling birth and outlawing family. The world is populated by a series of five castes, each with its own defined roles.
DiCaprio would likely play a character who is persecuted when the leaders of the society find his behavior antisocial.
Although dystopian works are often hard to film, Scott took the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and turned it into the 1982 classic Blade Runner.
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The Alien auteur has reportedly signed to helm the new movie, an adaptation of Aldous Huxley's acclaimed 1931 book, which is set in 2540 AD.
DiCaprio, who is expected to take the lead role in the picture, already owns the film rights to the novel through his Appian Way production company.
The book focuses on a futuristic society which holds technological advances in higher esteem than natural ones - including reproduction.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Apocalypto screenwriter Farhad Safinia is set to pen the script.
Scott, who is currently finishing his Robin Hood project, has previously directed DiCaprio in 2008's Body of Lies.