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Tuesday, January 11, 2011: Lights Out

by Angel Cohn January 11, 2011 6:00 am
Tuesday, January 11, 2011: <I>Lights Out</I>

After watching the pilot of this show, I think I might be in love, though I know it's going to be one of those shows that I have to push people to watch all the time, like Friday Night Lights. You don't have to like football, or even understand football to watch that show. And here, I'm worried that people who aren't into boxing might write it off. They shouldn't. The boxing is what creates the drama, but this show is built on emotions of a man who lost his career and what he was good at and is trying to find a way to support his family. It's pretty devastating, and I mean that in the best possible way.

Holt McCallany has a calm, brooding intensity as Patrick "Lights" Leary and just brings such a believability to this role. This isn't one of those "one last shot" kind of boxing movies where everything magically gets resolved with some training, this is the realistic portrayal of the end of a career and its aftermath, and it is done darkly and fascinatingly. I can't wait to see how this first season unfolds. And it's on FX, so they can do dark and twisted in a way that network TV really just can't.

The show premieres tonight at 10 PM on FX.

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