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TV Junkie: Get Into The Ring With 'Lights Out' Tonight at 10pm

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"Lights Out" on FX at 10pm - this is not a series just about boxing, it's more about family and integrity, and it's our pick of the night.


"Lights Out" on FX at 10pm - this is not a series just about boxing, it's more about family and integrity, and it's our pick of the night.
Tuesday nights have become a bit simpler with last week's season finales of TNT's "SouthLAnd" and USA's "White Collar," leaving us with the 10pm winner of FX's "Lights Out." It was usually impossible task to rank which three of those shows was the best on an episode by episode basis but one of the great things about FX is that they usually immediately repeat the episode so we've never missed an episode of this great series since its debut.While we initially had some misgivings about a TV show about a boxer during the very hyped year of the film, The Boxer, these feelings were quickly neutralized by the very capable hands of showrunner Warren Leight, who came to the production with a huge portfolio of stage accolades as well as a wealth of experience on shows like "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "In Treatment." Leight's added strength is that he's a New Yorker through and through with easy access to the inner circles of New York-based actors and crew that make "Lights Out" stand out with extraordinary performances by stage veteran (and a favorite of ours) Bill Irwin and locations that make every scene as real and gripping as it can be.

Series lead Holt McCallany (who taught Jimmy Fallon a thing or two about boxing last night) has been a revelation in the series, playing a character, Patrick "Lights" Leary, who is anything but a stereotypical one-dimensional burnt out boxer. While there are the episodes with the required and very well-produced boxing matches and other violence, the scenes and interactions that got us to those obvious peaks are what are core to this show. This is a great show worthy of you catching up on ASAP but it's so well done that you can and should step into its world tonight at 10pm.

We had a brief conversation with Holt McCallany and Warren Leight that we will publish soon. In the meantime: "Lights Out" on FX at 10pm.

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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Onion SportsDome," "Raising Hope," "Traffic Light," "Lights Out," "Late Show With David Letterman" (Actor Bradley Cooper; actress Mindy Kaling; Bob Geldof performs), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Actor Ted Danson; Kenny Rogers performs)

8:00pm Onion SportsDome Comedy Central - Live from the 2011 OSNY Awards, the SportsDome team splits up to better cover all the excitement.

8:00pm The Nature of Things KCET - The Shoreline Doesn't Stop Here Anymore Efforts to stop natural erosion along the world's coastlines.

9:00pm Raising Hope Fox - When the family prepares wills, Jimmy hurts Burt's feelings; new responsibility overwhelms Sabrina; Maw Maw thinks the house is infested with mongooses.

9:00pm V ABC - Season Finale. Anna works to ensure the evolution of the Visitors by having Lisa breed with Tyler; Erica and Diana ask Lisa to help them remove Anna from power before she destroys humanity.

9:00pm Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best We - Season Finale.

9:00pm Fannie's Last Supper KCET - A 12-course feast from Fannie Farmer's "Boston Cooking-School Cook Book"

9:30pm Traffic Light Fox - After Callie's car is stolen, Adam tries to replace it with a new one; a man Mike used to mentor dedicates a book to him and Lisa; Ethan makes a new friend.

10:00pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - New Tosh!

10:00pm Lights Out FX - An injury puts Lights' comeback, his health and Theresa's medical career in jeopardy.

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10:30pm The Comedy Central Roast Comedy Central - The Comedy Central roast of Donald Trump.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Bradley Cooper; actress Mindy Kaling; Bob Geldof performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Comic Wanda Sykes; actor Simon Pegg; Juanes performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Jane Lynch; actor David Boreanaz; Avril Lavigne performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - TV-show host Martha Stewart.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Ted Danson; Kenny Rogers performs.