Starz' Chris Albrecht interesting point: If he had picked up a S3 of #Boss, he would have likely had to pick up more seasons to make it...— Michael Schneider (@franklinavenue) July 26, 2013
Boss may be riveting, Kelsey Grammer's portrayal of Mayor Tom Kane may burst with charisma, it doesn't make Lionsgate & Starz want to pursue efforts to conclude this political drama series, or shop the show around (to Netflix?). We knew the show wouldn't get a third season, and now we know all this "talk" of a 2-hour TV movie was a decoy to appease fans, critics, whomever loved the show - AKA all those who watched.
Deep down, we all know that this 'TV movie conclusion for cult favorites' thing never happens.
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht was the CEO of HBO when they cancelled Carnivàle, Rome and Deadwood in 2006. Those shows have had TV movie/feature film rumors too.
This is pure bad faith, as Albrecht put all those shows on the air in the first place and he got them to have a few seasons, but still, Boss's cancellation stings.
And Magic City might be next - it certainly follows the same path, having been renewed before season 1 even started to air (to justify the cost of production?) and it still gets incredibly low ratings :
Could be Dead Wrong In Public on this, but having heard TV Exec Speak for years, not getting the renewal vibe on #MagicCity….— Tim Goodman (@BastardMachine) July 26, 2013
So... what about that Party Down feature film ?
Upcoming Starz series include Black Sails (already renewed for season 2...) & Outlander (16 episodes ordered).
Let's hope one day a Starz series will go beyond 2 seasons / 20 episodes - other than their one true hit, Spartacus.