Kelsey Grammer got out of sitcoms and delivered a full-blooded performance as the Mayor of Chicago in this dark political drama with Shakespearian overtones. Emphasis lay on the corrupt agenda of not only the fearsome Mayor but his rivals; among others, a reporter was trying to uncover secrets about him (the Mayor had not revealed to the public that he was suffering from the early stages of dementia, and his family seemed to generally loathe him). Shot in Chicago, with de-saturated colors; rarely has the city looked bleaker and the same could be said for the entire show. Intelligent, often engaging, with riveting performances… but the nauseating nastiness, with virtually no one to root for, made it at times hard to watch.
2011-2012:U.S. Made for TV. 18 episodes. Color. Created by Farhad Safinia. Cast: Kelsey Grammer (Tom Kane), Connie Nielsen (Meredith Kane), Hannah Ware (Emma Kane), Jeff Hephner, Kathleen Robertson, Troy Garity, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Rotimi, Martin Donovan, Sanaa Lathan (12), Jonathan Groff (12).
Golden Globe: Best Actor (Grammer) 12.