Today in showbiz news: Starz has canceled its most star-studded show, Hugh Laurie considers a return to TV, and The Amazing Spider-Man looks for its James Franco.
Starz, which is some sort of television network I'm told, has announced that it's canceled its critically supported show Boss after two low-rated seasons. Though star Kelsey Grammer won a Golden Globe for his performance as a cruel and calculating Chicago mayor, the show didn't have much traction. And so it is gone. Canceled by Starz. And to get canceled by Starz you have to be pretty, pretty low-rated. So, too bad, Kelsey Grammer. May you, I don't know, play the angry, distant husband on some other reality show. Really this is most sad for the supporting players like Connie Nielsen, Jonathan Groff, and 90210 alumna Kathleen Robertson. Yes, Claire Arnold is now without work. And that is a bad thing. Right this injustice, Starz. Give her something else to do. It's only fair. [Vulture]
In more positive news, Hugh Laurie, who famously played Dr. House on Fox's hit show Dr. House, is heading back to TV. Yes, NBC is excited that he is considering playing the lead on the network's upcoming pirate drama, Crossbones. Wait. Crossbones? The hell kind of name is that? I thought that was a game that straight dudes played at sleepovers. I get what the title refers to, but it's not a good title. Fox already has a show called The Bones. And it's a big hit, The Bones! Everybody loves The Bones. So don't confuse TV viewers with a show called The Crossbones, NBC. We don't want that. Why not call it Treasure Bay or Dark Water or Arrr Mateys or Cap'n Pegleg's Pirate Petticoat Parade? Anything but The Crossbones. Anyway, Hugh Laurie would be playing Blackbeard, who was a pirate, and he'll wear an eye patch and comically drink rum and have a smart alec parrot and will go around murdering and raping people. So. Um. Should be fun. [Deadline]