Kelsey Grammer returns to TV with a vengeance in 'Boss'
Kelsey Grammer is still best known for his portrayal of the lovably pompous Frasier Crane, but things might change as the actor reveals his dark side on his new Starz series, "Boss."
In the series, which has already received rave reviews, Grammer portrays the moral-less Chicago Mayor Tom Kane. His character rallies against his opponents while battling a degenerative neurological condition that he is trying to keep from hitting the headlines.
"He's a fighter that's the first thing I think about him: He's a man that has a tenacity that rarely exists in the world, possibly in the world of politics it exists," Grammer told The Hollywood Reporter of his character. "He believes in doing good but is quite comfortable doing what he has to do to affect the greatest good so is conscience is clear; he's a man that's actually almost devoid of conscience, which is fascinating."
Starz already renewed the series for a second season, a month before the premiere on October 21 at 10 p.m. "Boss" also stars Hannah Ware as Kane's wife and Kathleen Robertson as his assistant.
"The first time we read Farhad [Safinia's] script, we knew we had to make Boss,'" Starz President Chris Albrecht said in a statement. "With each episode, the story grew richer, and the cast continued to turn in breakthrough performances... For our viewers, we felt it important to start working on the next season as soon as possible."
Grammer visited "Piers Morgan Tonight" to discuss his new series, but ended up opening up about the drama between him and his ex-wife Camille, and claimed responsibility for her role on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."
"The Real Housewives was my parting gift to her," Grammer told Morgan. "Now whether or not it worked out for her doesn't matter. It was my way of saying 'Look you always wanted to be famous, here you go.'"
Grammer also told the talk show host that he knew his marriage was not going to last when Bravo offered his now-estranged wife a spot on the reality series, adding, "I knew when it came up we'd be saying goodbye. After the first season you can do 'The Divorced Dives of Beverly Hills.'"
In June, Camille Grammer filed paperwork seeking sole physical custody of her children with Grammer, according to court documents obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.
According to the documents, which were filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on June 2, the reality star wanted sole physical custody of their daughter Mason, 9, and son Jude, 6. Less than a month prior, on May 12, Kelsey also sought sole custody.
The papers claimed that her Kelsey's filings were "done in order to create a false impression to the media and to wrongfully disparage" her.
The couple finalized their divorce in February. Kelsey and Camille, a 43-year-old former Playboy model married in 1997. She filed for divorce in July 2010.
Grammer later married Kayte Walsh, a 30-year-old British flight attendant, on stage at the Longacre Theatre in New York, where the actor starred in a revival of the musical "La Cage aux Folles."
Kelsey Grammer has been married three times before. He was married to dance instructor Doreen Alderman from 1982 to 1990 and they have one daughter, Spencer, who starred in the ABC Family comedy series "Greek" and welcomed her first child on October 10. She and husband James Hesketh named their son Emmett Emmanual.
Kelsey Grammer and former stripper Leigh-Anne Csuhany were married from 1992 to 1993 and have no children. During this time, he had a daughter, Greer, out of wedlock.
Aside from playing the title role of a radio therapist on "Frasier", a part he originated on the 1980s series "Cheers," The 56-year-old actor also starred on the show "Hank" in 2009, played Beast in the movie "X-Men: The Last Stand" and voices the psychopath Sideshow Bob on the animated sitcom "The Simpsons".
Grammer's new series "Boss" debuts on October 21 at 10 p.m. on the Starz network or watch it online at Starz.com now, see a trailer and a clip below.