TV’s Obsession With Chicago And Kelsey Grammer’s New Show, ‘Boss’

I’ll have more extended thoughts on Boss over the next couple of days leading up to its Friday premiere, but HitFix and AVClub columnist Ryan McGee and Aol TV critic Maureen Ryan were nice enough to join me to talk about the show on their podcast. Like me, Maureen is a former political reporter and, unlike me, lives in Chicago, and so has some interesting theories on why the city is making a resurgence right now. As I say on the podcast, Boss is an uneven show, vacillating between the extremely wonky and the operatic. But it’s got ambitions, which after a fall of sort of low expectations and poor execution, feels refreshing.