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Picture - Patricia Heaton - The 87th... Beverly Hills California United States, Sunday 22nd February 2015

Patricia Heaton - The 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center, Oscars - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015

Picture - Patricia Heaton - Photographs from... Los Angeles California United States, Wednesday 26th November 2014

Patricia Heaton - Photographs from LA Mission's Annual Thanksgiving for the Homeless which stars attend to help feed homeless people in Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 26th November 2014

Picture - Patricia Heaton - A variety... Beverly Hills California United States, Thursday 30th October 2014

Patricia Heaton - A variety of stars were photographed on the red carpet for the 2014 British Aacademy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards which was presented by BBC America and United Airlines. The ceremony was held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States - Thursday 30th October 2014

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Patricia Heaton and Sarah Drew - Premiere of 'Mom's Night Out' held at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 29th April 2014

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Patricia Heaton - Moms Night Out Premiere at TCL Chinese Theater - Red Carpet - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 29th April 2014

The Boss? Kelsey Grammer And His Post-Frasier Nightmare

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The cancellation of Kelsey Grammer's Starz political drama Boss comes as no real surprise. Though the series showed huge promise early on and Grammer demonstrated his undeniable acting talent, it never had the numbers to support the critical praise. According to the Los Angeles Times, its premiere brought in 659,000, though the second season averaged under 580,000. The numbers were underwhelming and - unfortunately for Grammer - the powers that be in U.S. television do not like underwhelming.

Of course, Grammer knows everything there is to know about the cut-throat business. It makes the Hollywood movie industry look positively welcoming. If your show doesn't pull in the numbers, then its goodnight Vienna. There has been the odd exception, with television executives keeping faith with the likes of The Wire, HBO's drama that received poor Nielsen ratings though is now considered to be the greatest television show of all time. Grammer's Boss actually shared similarities with David Simon's series - corrupt politics and financial malpractice - though it wasn't The Wire, it definitely wasn't The Wire. The Starz network said in a statement, "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 partners at Lionsgate TV."

As mentioned, Grammer knows the ways of American television all too well and the latest cancellation won't have surprised him. Since his multi-award winning magnum opus Frasier came to an end in 2004, the actor has worked hard to find his next major project, though he's still waiting. In 2007, he signed on to star opposite Patricia Heaton in Back To You, a sitcom based on the squabbling anchors of a news program. It was cancelled after one season.

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