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The Tuesday Playlist: Golden Boy, Justified, White Collar Finale

Theo James, Chi McBride

Midseason scheduling can be so confusing. If I had a dollar for every reader e-mail wondering where the heck Vegas disappeared to — the answer: It's off for two weeks to allow the new Golden Boy to benefit from an NCIS lead-in, but will return next Tuesday — I could afford another vacation. Which is where I was when Golden Boy premiered, so here are a few thoughts on the second episode (10/9c) before the show moves to its regular Friday time period (9/8c) this weekend.

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Matt's TV Week in Review

American Idol

It had been a pretty even-keel season of the reborn American Idol — perhaps too much so — until the Pia bubble burst Thursday night. Maybe a shocking elimination like Pia Toscano's way-too-early ouster is just the sort of wake-up call Idol needs to shock some showmanship into the part of the show that needs it the most: the judging. I've enjoyed the raucous goofiness of Steven Tyler and the glowy glamorous warmth that is Jennifer Lopez, but cheerleading has its limits, and when the closest thing to actual criticism from the panel is Randy (of all people) damning with faint praise by merely saying "Good job," it's clear the judges aren't doing a good job. Or much of a job at all.

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I'm not sure we need a clone of Simon Cowell, whose blunt and condescending cruelty in recent seasons teetered on boredom with the process... read more

FX Cancels Lights Out

Lights Out

Lights Out just wasn't able to get up off the canvas: FX announced Thursday that it was counting out the boxing drama.

The show debuted in January to a modest 1.5 million viewers and quickly fell below 1 million. Although the numbers eventually improved, its season average was 863,000 total viewers per episode, numbers akin to those of FX's recently canceled private detective drama, Terriers.

Will Lights Out be another Terriers for FX?

At the time of Lights Out's weak premiere, FX President John Landgraf noted the disconnect between critical acclaim and commercial appeal... read more

Cheers & Jeers: David Morse Does Knockout Work on Lights Out

David Morse

Cheers to Lights Out for putting David Morse back into the spotlight.  

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 The 57-year-old actor is no stranger to quality TV drama, from his 1982-88 stint as... read more

Roush Review: V Finale and More Tuesday Drama (Detroit, Lights Out)

Holt McCallany

"V" is for "vamping" — that's been the case for most of the life of ABC's re-imagined, if hardly re-energized, version of V. You know, the show where alien ships hover over Earth week after week, with nothing much happening as Evil Queen Anna coldly plots the destruction of humanity with all those pesky emotional souls while ...
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Getting to Know Lights Out's Pablo Schreiber

Pablo Schreiber

On Lights Out, Pablo Schreiber plays Johnny, a once promising boxer who now (mis)manages the career of his brother, former heavyweight champ "Lights" Leary (Holt McCallany). In real life, he can relate to living in the shadow of a more celebrated sibling as the half-brother of movie star Liev Schreiber (Salt). "I've always... read more

Cheers & Jeers: CSI and Lights Out — Fears of a Clown

Laurence Fishburne, Bill Irwin

Cheers to CSI and Lights Out for putting Bill Irwin in touch with his dark side.

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A graduate of Barnum & Bailey's Clown College, Irwin was best known for... read more

Lights Out: Is Patrick Leary a Hero or a Thug?

Holt McCallany

Lights Out star Holt McCallany takes playing a former heavyweight boxing champion seriously.

"I've been around the sport a lot and I've been around those guys, and it's a lot of responsibility to play the heavyweight champion of the world," McCallany tells TVGuide.com. "You have to walk out in front of the cameras, in front of basically millions of people, and they have to believe you."
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Cheers & Jeers: Lights Out Connects with The Wire

Lights Out

Cheers to Lights Out for hooking up with a pair of veterans from The Wire.

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FX's hard-hitting boxing drama costars Pablo Schreiber — best known as disaffected dock worker Nick Sobotka from Season 2 of HBO's inner-city masterpiece — as Johnny Leary, the ethically shady manager of Holt McCallany's "Lights" Leary.... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Stacy Keach Lights Up Lights Out

Stacy Keach

Cheers to Lights Out for putting Stacy Keach back into the ring.

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The veteran character actor has been knocked down a few times — most notably, he was incarcerated for cocaine possession in the mid-'80s, interrupting his run as hard-nosed PI Mike Hammer, and suffered a mild stroke in 2009. But he's returned to ... read more

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