TV Junkie: 'Lights Out' Season/Series Finale Airs Tonight at 10pm on FX
Tonight at 10pm marks the "Lights Out" series finale on FX - unless by some miracle another network buys the rights to the series. We've spent more than 1/2 the season building up to tonight's championship bout between Lights and his longtime nemesis Death Row. Yes, the show is coming down to a fight but it's always been much more than "just boxing." With some amazing performances by the likes of Bill Irwin, David Morse, and many others, we'll look back on this show as an extended mini-series instead of a cancelled TV show with just one season under its belt. For some reason "Lights Out" was slow out of the gate both in critical acclaim and viewership but halfway into the season both of those factors had improved considerably. We weren't sure about this series, ourselves, until the 4th or 5th episode as it seemed like the show could be leaning towards an episodic/procedural-type format but then everything fell into place. Perhaps that's what viewers were also struggling with, in addition to the draw of other smart shows like "SouthLAnd" and "White Collar" in the same time slot. Certainly, the advertising campaign was comprehensive, with ads running in certain markets as early as last summer. Perhaps after all the hype surrounding the film, The Fighter, people didn't have room in their hearts for another boxing-themed production. This would be a good thesis project for a film or communications studies student out there.
Even though the show struggled, we have to give FX credit for airing the complete season when it could have pulled the plug anytime. We just wish we knew what the break-even point would have been for FX to greenlight another season. We also wish that both networks and the public could give shows a chance beyond a few episodes. There are plenty of successful shows on TV now that had tough times for their first several seasons, we think "Lights Out" could've made the cut, eventually. Many thanks to series star Holt McCallany and showrunner Warren Leight for generously spending their time sharing their passion for the their work, we hope to see them on TV again soon.
We hope FX reruns the show for viewers who didn't see it the first time to see what could have been.
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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Attack of the Show," "No Ordinary Family," "Lights Out," "Chelsea Lately" (Chris Hardwick; Matt Braunger; Sarah Colonna; Mark MacDonald), "The Late Show With David Letterman" (Actress Jennifer Garner; chef Jamie Oliver; Robbie Robertson performs), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Actor Keanu Reeves; actress Lorraine Nicholson; Wire performs; Booker T. Jones performs)
7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Actor Danny McBride; Wondercon coverage; new DVD releases.
8:00pm Jump City: Seattle G4 - The championship match at Seattle Qwest field.
8:00pm No Ordinary Family ABC - Mrs. X kidnaps J.J. and forces him to solve an enigma; Joshua and Katie reconnect; George is held prisoner on a plane
10:00pm Lights Out FX - Season (Series) Finale. Lights and Reynolds face off for the heavyweight title.
10:00pm The Fabulous Beekman Boys Planet Green - Josh receives unexpected news that has potential to keep him away from the farm more than ever before.
10:00pm Pregnant In Heels Bravo - Series Premiere. This show is as deep as the title suggests.
10:00pm The Good Wife CBS - Alicia faces Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) in a class-action suit against a company accused of having terrible working condition
10:00pm Parenthood NBC - Crosby tries to get Jasmine back; Adam worries about Haddie going to prom with Alex; Sarah works on her script.
10:30pm Extra Yardage DIY - Series Premiere. Follow LA-based landscape designer and builder Billy Derian as he transforms neglected decks, patios and yards into world-class outdoor entertainment spaces using the latest designs, materials and concepts.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Chris Hardwick; Matt Braunger; Sarah Colonna; Mark MacDonald.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Colin Quinn guests
11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Tracy Morgan, actress Charlyne Yi; Infantree performs.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Jennifer Garner; chef Jamie Oliver; Robbie Robertson performs.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Dwayne Johnson; surfer Bethany Hamilton; Fitz & the Tantrums perform.
12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Drew Carey; actress Sarah Shahi; comic Quinn Dahle performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Christian Slater; Dr. Drew Pinsky; the latest contestant eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars"; The Decemberists perform.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Emails with comic Steven Wright; actor Jerry O'Connell; actress Sophia Bush.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Keanu Reeves; actress Lorraine Nicholson; Wire performs; Booker T. Jones performs