Why are we so thankful for FX's new boxing drama Lights Out — a rock 'em, sock 'em respite from the midwinter doldrums? Let us count the ways.
1. Everybody loves a comeback.
We meet 40-year-old Patrick "Lights" Leary (Holt McCallany) five years after a catastrophic title bout. The consequences of that event have left him financially, physically and existentially at sea. And while a return to the ring could mean disaster on every front, McCallany notes ...
With Lights Out, a gripping new series about a middle-aged boxer who may not be as washed-up as he seems, FX continues to redefine the notion of a TV hero. Far from a Rocky road to redemption, with the forced uplift that implies, Lights Out goes much darker, so much so that at times you may feel you need a flashlight to watch.
If it weren't for bad luck, there would be no series. At least that's the impression you get upon first meeting Patrick "Lights" Leary, a former heavyweight champ who's been out of the ring for five years at the urging of his wife. (We first see him suffering the effects of a concussion, face pounded like ground meat ...
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This bittersweet midlife comedy-drama reaches its midseason finale (already?), with an episode that doesn't just get under its characters' skin but goes where few series would dare: to a colonoscopy. When Terry (Scott Bakula, who has been great this season) decides his 50th birthday calls for the procedure — consider this the show's Public Service Announcement — Joe and Owen decide to make it a group event in Palm Springs. While their plumbing gets a workout, the getaway prompts...
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Before my son was born three years ago I never really had a problem watching stories about kids or families in distress In my former nonmaternal life I was able to handle a wide array of drama in my entertainment family medical romantic you name it like a rational adult able to discern fact from fiction What a difference having a family makes Today even the most remote suggestion of a suffering child dying spouse or the like spurs a visceral reaction that generally results in uncontrollable histrionics Needless to say between the family saved from the snowbound car and the father and son caught in the gang crossfire not to mention a whopper of a conclusion to the Greys Anatomy three-parter immediately preceeding tonights episode was an emotional roller coaster for me Even Sam dropping her son off at the at-risk school got to me A littleMercifully we had a healthy dose of Morris to help balance out all the familial trauma with hi