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

"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.
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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.