Patricia Heaton - 14th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball held at a Private Residence - Arrivals at Private Residence, Chrysalis Butterfly Ball - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 7th June 2015
Patricia Heaton - 14th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball held at a private residence in the Brentwood County Estates. at Chrysalis Butterfly Ball - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 6th June 2015
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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Make no mistake: Amazing Grace is not a complex movie. The good guys are good and the bad guys aren't so much bad as they are yet to become good. Such a simple and optimistic moral vision may seem antiquated to some, but Amazing Grace doesn't apologize for its old-fashioned piety. As the action starts, Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) undergoes a religious conversion. His long-abandoned childhood faith has once again stirred his heart and moved him to commit to doing whatever he can to improve the world. Already a member of Parliament, he asks several of his friends -- including the clergyman John Newton (Albert Finney), who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace" -- if he should continue his political career or move on to a more spiritual pursuit. At all of his friends' urging, Wilberforce chooses politics and not long after takes an unpopular stand on the issue that will dominate his political career thereafter: the slave trade.
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