A Minute With: Kelsey Grammer on "Boss," awards and fatherhood

Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:03am EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kelsey Grammer switched from comedy to dark drama to play ruthless Chicago Mayor Tom Kane in the Starz TV series "Boss," earning a Golden Globe for a role that took him back to his classical theater roots.

On Friday, "Boss" returns for a second season, with Kane struggling to keep a debilitating brain disease secret and looking to repair his legacy.

The former "Frasier" star, 57, talked with Reuters about the new season, his disappointment at being overlooked by the Emmys and his delight at becoming a father for the fifth time with his new wife Kayte.

Q: It looks as if things are going from bad to worse for Tom Kane. How much longer will he be able to keep his medical condition secret?.

A: "We deal with that in this upcoming season. You will just have to be surprised. I don't have a satisfying answer for you right now."

Q: But it does seems as if Kane is a changed person and more concerned about his legacy than just staying in power.

A: "It is definitely something on his mind. There is a nugget of intellectual agitation that is driving him right now. He has got to start worrying about what is going to be thought of him in the end. He is trying to establish a project that has his name on it, that is more selfless."

Q: Your performance is a tour de force. How exhausting is it playing a character who is always plotting and who is now having hallucinations?   Continued...

Cast member and executive producer Kelsey Grammer participates in the Starz panel for "Boss" during the cable television sessions at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California August 2, 2012. REUTERS/Phil McCarten