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Lights Can't Remember If He Won the Big Fight on 'Lights Out' Finale (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 6th 2011 8:00AM
Lights Fights Death Row on 'Lights Out'In the series finale of the freshman drama 'Lights Out' (Tue., 10PM ET on FX), fans got what they'd been waiting for: a showdown between Patrick "Lights" Leary and Richard "Death Row" Reynolds.

Only a knockout would grant a win, and it's a gruesome fight, with more than money on the line. The title goes to Lights, named "heavyweight champion of the world!" to the screams and cheers of the crowd. He kisses wife Theresa in the ring, and holds the belt high for all to see.

Theresa later discovers her now quiet, slightly confused husband in the corridor. "Everyone's waiting," she tells him.

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FX Cancels 'Lights Out'

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 24th 2011 3:59PM
Lights Out CanceledFX has KO'ed its freshman boxing drama 'Lights Out,' Entertainment Weekly reports.

The series debuted in January to 1.5 million viewers, but numbers declined steadily. The March 22 episode was seen by just under 700,000 viewers.

Holt McCallany, Pablo Schreiber and Stacy Keach headlined the boxing drama.

'Lights Out' received generally favorable reviews, however our own Maureen Ryan called it "frustratingly uneven," but it had "its moments."

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PTC Blasts 'Skins,' 'Alcatraz' to Begin Shooting Next Week and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 13th 2011 1:00PM
SkinsNotorious buzz-killers the Parents Television Council are at it again, calling MTV's new 'Skins,' which debuts on Monday, "the most dangerous show for teens."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement, "The marketing campaign itself makes light of lying to parents and participating in all manner of harmful, irresponsible, illegal and adult-themed behavior. The trailers we have seen thus far make sexual objects of almost every single one of its characters and asks not only for viewers to approve, but to actively participate by posting their own secret stories."

MTV probably isn't too worried about it, though, considering their ads seem to have been designed to incite controversy anyway.

UPDATE: Watch the 'Skins' cast respond to the PTC claims here.

In other news ...

J.J. Abrams revealed that 'Alcatraz' is set to begin shooting next week. The Fox pilot, which stars Jorge Garcia, will film starting Jan. 19. [THR]

Syfy's new series 'School Spirits' will examine haunted high schools and colleges across the country. The Mark Burnett-produced show is currently in development and will feature interviews with students, staff and faculty who have witnessed paranormal occurrences. [Variety]

Showtime is in talks to develop a docuseries about the San Francisco Giants. The Mike Tollin-produced show would follow the World Series-winning baseball team. [Entertainment Weekly]

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Patrick Lies to His Daughter About Being Done Fighting on the Premiere of 'Lights Out' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 12th 2011 6:06AM
'Lights Out'FX's latest dramatic foray takes us into the world of professional boxing. More specifically, 'Lights Out' (Tue., 10PM on FX) is the story of a retired boxer, Patrick "Lights" Leary, who has to find a way to make ends meet and support his family.

He's also faced with the demons of his final split-decision loss and pressures to return to the ring for a rematch.

With his life crumbling around him, Leary finds himself drawn back to working with his hands, so to speak. But it's not back in the ring where the easy money is to be found. On the opposite side of that, there is his promise to his wife and children that he's done fighting.

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The Men of FX's 'Lights Out' Preview the Show (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 11th 2011 9:00AM

Call it a knockout. Maybe refer to it as a one-two punch of dramatic goodness. Whatever boxing pun you choose, 'Lights Out' is exactly that -- lights out fantastic.

Picking up five years after heavyweight champ Patrick "Lights" Leary was knocked out in the last round and forced into retirement, we find Lights struggling with money, health and family issues, and possibly considering a comeback.

And who doesn't love a comeback? Stars Holt McCallany, Pablo Schreiber and Stacy Keach stepped in the ring to tell me about their new FX show (premieres Tues., Jan. 11, 10PM ET).

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'Lights Out' Offers Ringside Seats in Boxer's World But Sometimes Lacks Punch

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 11th 2011 3:00AM
Despite some compelling moments, 'Lights Out' (10PM ET Tuesday, FX) isn't always an easy show to like.

For a drama about a visceral contact sport -- boxing -- it has trouble sustaining intensity from episode to episode, and it echoes a number of cable dramas about conflicted characters trying to hang on to their middle-class or upper-middle-class lifestyles.

And if you're expecting Patrick 'Lights' Leary to be a Rocky Balboa clone, think again. Leary, a former heavyweight champion who hasn't been in the ring for five years, isn't the kind of guy you instinctively cheer for.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'Off the Map,' 'Lights Out' and TCA News

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 10th 2011 4:30PM
For this week's Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast, I got even further away from Boston resident and podcast partner Ryan McGee than usual.

Late last week, I left my frosty Chicago home to travel to Los Angeles for the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where I've been attending panel discussions of on new shows, doing interviews and enjoying the California sun on the rare occasions that I venture outside.

In the first half of this week's podcast, we discussed 'Lights Out,' a boxing drama that premieres on FX on Tuesday, and we also chatted about 'Off the Map,' a new doctor drama that arrives on ABC Wednesday. (My full reviews of both shows will be posted here in the next day or so.)

In the second half of this week's podcast, we focused on three buzzworthy shows that were presented to the media hordes at TCA: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Torchwood' and 'Spartacus.'

Time codes for each portion of the podcast are listed below.

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'Archer,' 'Lights Out' Dates Set, Plus Notable TV Premieres for January and February

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 30th 2010 3:30PM
There's lots of TV coming our way early next year.

This morning I compiled a list of January premiere dates (with the help of the ever-useful Futon Critic site). I also reworked my December schedule as well, and though I normally compile these schedules for my own use, I thought I'd share the resulting lists of notable TV dates with everyone else.

The timing seemed to be right, given that a few minutes after I posted that January roster, FX confirmed a couple of upcoming dates on the TV schedule: 'Lights Out' will debut Jan. 11 and the animated series 'Archer' will return to the danger zone Jan. 27. (For those of you asking, 'Justified' returns in February -- there's no exact date for that yet.)

So presented for your approval, here are dozens of notable TV returns and premieres that will arrive on your TV in the next couple of months:

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FX Picks Up 'Reconstruction'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Nov 5th 2009 2:15PM
Peter HortonFX is going back in time -- way back -- to the post-Civil War era.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the cable network is developing 'Reconstruction,' a period-drama set in Missouri after the Civil War. Industry veteran Joshua Brand ('St. Elsewhere'; 'Northern Exposure') will write the project, with Emmy nominee Peter Horton ('thirtysomething'; 'Grey's Anatomy') on tap to direct.

Leading the show will be Jason, a character who "seeks refuge" in Missouri after serving in the Civil War. No word yet on who will play the role.

It is being reported that the idea sparked from conversations between Brand and Horton about the current economic and political climates. The allegory of the Western, they decided, was the perfect backdrop to tell that story.

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