Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015

Kelsey Grammer takes on darker role in new political drama Boss

Published on Jan 2, 2013 3:36 PM
Actor Kelsey Grammer & wife Kayte pose at Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner's annual Halloween Party at The Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in this Oct 27, 2012 photo. As Tom Kane, the city's powerful mayor of Chicago in new series Boss, Grammer, one of the few actual Republicans in TV-land, is good as a grumpy anti-hero who is more afflicted by decline than conflicted with guilt. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Boss is a very intense, solemn political drama set in Chicago that looks like The West Wing colliding with The Newsroom along with some sinister-hitman input from a spy series, and then taking it to Shakespearean extremes.

Tom Kane, the city's powerful mayor of Chicago, is played Emmy-winning sitcom star Kelsey Grammer in ultimate anti-Frasier mode.

He runs his city with a ruthless, irrationally vengeful streak, cutting deals with cronies, using dirty tricks to destroy opponents, playing enemies against one another, and, in one instance, personally assaulting a lackey.

As Boss turns from ambitious Shakespearean tragedy to eventual melodrama, I keep searching for some much needed breaks of humour.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!