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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
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.
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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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