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"Lights Out" by Suzanne
Airing on FX Tuesdays starting January 11, 2011 at 10pm.

I've seen the first 5 episodes of this show, and I have to say that it is very good.  FX usually does good dramas, so this is what we've come to expect from them.  I really loved "Terriers" and it was canceled, so I hope this one fares better.  I don't normally love anything to do with boxing, but this is such a good drama, that doesn't matter.

The star of the show is Holt McCallany, who plays a boxer named Patrick "Lights" Leary. He is a former heavyweight champion who gave it up because his wife asked him to, since she was worried about his safety.  Five years later, he finds out that his finances are not what he thought they were, thanks to letting his brother manage everything.  The show is about Lights' relationships with his family, and how they struggle.

Stacy Keach does an excellent turn as his father, a former boxer who became his trainer. I could totally see him in that role in the Rocky movies, too (although he was too young back then). The whole cast is excellent. This is another great drama where the writing and acting are awesome.

I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but it takes many twists and turns, and things go in an unexpected way.  The story sucked me in before I realized it. I wasn't really expecting to like it, since, like I said, I am not a boxing fan.  It does have some violence, of course, but that is not what it's mostly about.

If you like complex dramas with intense stories and sharply drawn characters, you will love this.  Check it out and you will definitely enjoy it. It starts January 11 on FX.

Update: FX sent me more disks of upcoming episodes. The show just keeps getting better and better! And judging by all the positive reviews, I'm not the only one that thinks so.  Make sure you watch it! You won't be sorry.

Press release:

Lights Out, from Executive Producer/Showrunner Warren Leight (In Treatment), stars Holt McCallany (CSI: Miami) as an aging former heavyweight boxing champion who struggles to find his identity and support his wife and three daughters after retiring from the ring. Financial problems leave him at a perilous crossroads – battling the urge to return to boxing or reluctantly accepting a job as a brutal and intimidating debt collector. Catherine McCormack (Braveheart) co-stars as “Theresa Leary,” Lights’ wife who is finishing her medical residency; Pablo Schreiber (Law & Order) as “Johnny Leary,” Lights’ brother and business manager whom Lights put through college; and Stacy Keach (Fat City) as “Pops,” Lights’ father and former trainer who runs the boxing gym owned by Lights. Series Creator Justin Zackham (The Bucket List), Phillip Noyce (Salt) and Ross Fineman are also Executive Producers. Lights Out is produced by Fox Television Studios and FX Productions.

Videos:

:30 Strong
Lights Out on FX -Strong
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFh3p3WZHi8

Lights Out, Series Premiere 1-11-11 at 10PM ET/PT only on FX.

Content Piece Launch
Lights Out - Split Decision
Watch an in-depth portrait of "Lights" Leary. Follow his epic
rise and reign, and hear from rival Death Row Reynolds. Lights Out,
Series Premiere Tuesday, January 11 at 10PM ET/PT only on FX.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-acbNd5R9xg&feature=channel

Behind The Scenes - The Promoter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWmnqY3--wU

Behind The Scenes - The Promise
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiiyKP7GhRo&feature=channel

Behind The Scenes - The Manager
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0BLikDehno&feature=channel

Behind The Scenes - Dad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww7hHA9nfMs&feature=channel

Behind The Scenes - Brennan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_jcTFMcYWo&feature=channel

Behind The Scenes - Bayonne, New Jersey
http://www.youtube.com/user/FXLightsOut2010#p/u/5/KlMVVHqbgiE
 

Our LIGHTS OUT game is live!
Fight "Lights" Now
Play the Lights Out Game & have a chance to win $1,000 every week.
Series Premiere 1-11-11 only on FX. http://www.lightsoutgame.com/

Episodes:

Pilot- (Airs January 11, 10pm e/p) - Former heavyweight boxing champion Patrick “Lights” Leary struggles to find his identity and support his wife and three daughters after retiring from the ring.

Episode 2 "Cakewalk" - (Airs January 18, 10pm e/p) When Lights is threatened with criminal charges, he's forced to make a special delivery that could have unexpected consequences.

Episode 3 "The Shot" -(Airs January 25, 10pm e/p) Lights, on the eve of his fortieth birthday, struggles to reach a young fighter who may be the Learn gym's best hope of a champion since Lights retired.

Episode 4 "Bolo Punch" -(Airs February 1, 10pm e/p) Johnny gets himself in to a life-threatening bind, and Lights may have to put himself on the line to bail his brother out.

Episode 5 "The Comeback" -(Airs February 9, 10pm e/p) As the Learys' financial situation turns more desperate, the aftershocks threaten LIghts' and Theresa's marriage.

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