Kelsey Grammer takes on darker role in new political drama Boss
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.