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TV Junkie: Tuesday Nights Get Busy - 'Lights Out' & 'Onion Sportsdome' Added to Mix

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Holt McCallany and Melora Hardin star in FX's "Lights Out" which premieres tonight at 10pm. Perhaps FX's most promoted show ever - will it live up to the hype?
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Tuesday night is becoming very competitive, particularly in the 10pm slot. Let's look at what is vying for our attention: "Parenthood," "Detroit 1-8-7," "Glory Daze," "Lights Out," "Tosh.0"/"Onion Sportsdome," "SouthLAnd."

The big launches tonight are FX's "Lights Out" and Comedy Central's "Onion Sportsdome." We saw the pilot and first couple episodes of "Lights Out" last summer and weren't too impressed: retired boxer has money troubles, a close relative screwing up his businesses, and sees his only way out as to either be a muscle guy for a crime lord or get back into the ring - how many cliches is that in just one show? The performances by Holt McCallany and Stacy Keach seemed a bit wooden too, but hey, that was months ago, they could have done some reshoots and editing since then and since so many people were wowed by boxing-focused film, The Fighter, we can see "Lights Out" being a potential hit for FX and the network has been marketing the heck out of the show for the 6 months with campaigns running during NFL and college football games, during "Conan" and other programs not to mention copious print ads. We mused a couple months ago that "Terriers" might have had a chance if the show had received just 10% of the marketing that "Lights Out" has enjoyed.

Comedy Central is launching the "Onion Sportsdome" sport programming spoof show tonight at 10:30pm. I'm sure that sports fans will find the show to be dead on and very funny, we thought it was funny as well but the problem is that we've thought that ESPN's "SportsCenter" and its ilk have been parodies of themselves for the last decade (at least) and were already intelligently skewered by that most excellent but unfortunately short-lived show, "Sports Night," almost 13 years ago. Will the Onion crew take it to the next level? Yeah, no doubt, but it might be too much of a good thing as the Onion's other show, "The Onion News Network," launches in about a week over on IFC, our eyes might be tearing up. If you want to get a preview of what Comedy Central hopes will be its Tuesday two-punch knockout, see the clip at the end of this post.