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Enrique Murciano and Cote de Pablo

NCIS (Tuesday, 8/7c, CBS)
The office watercooler is going to explode when Ziva introduces her new boyfriend — Without a Trace's Enrique Murciano as Ray — to her nosy co-workers. But he's not the only new-ish face making waves. Special Agent Barrett (Brothers & Sisters' Sarah Jane Morris) returns to clash with Gibbs, as she takes lead on a case that may be connected to a port-to-port serial killer, a storyline that continues into next week's episode. Well into its eighth season, NCIS continues to steamroller the competition — which this year includes ABC's No Ordinary Family, which signs off probably for good with a season finale pitting the family of accidental superheroes against the sinister Mrs. X (Lucy Lawless), who has young JJ in her clutches... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Valerie Perrine on Lights Out—What a Knockout!

Valerie Perrine

Cheers to Lights Out for putting Valerie Perrine back in the ring.

FX's tragically cancelled boxing drama brought the Oscar-nominated actress (for 1974's stand-up biopic Lenny) out of semi-retirement to play Mae, the long-absent mother of heavyweight contender "Lights" Leary (Holt McCallanny). The 67-year-old actress—who was last seen on the small screen in a 2005 episode of Third Watch—still looks great, and she worked up a potent chemistry with Stacy Keach as her ex-husband, Pops...
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Ask Matt: FX (Lights Out, Archer), Game of Thrones, Southland and More!

Holt McCallany and Catherine McCormack

Send questions to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I was saddened to learn of the cancellation of Lights Out. It has been a great show with great performances. If I had any complaint about this outstanding series, it would be that there could have been more boxing, especially early on in the series. Do you think that was a contributing factor, or is it just another case of a good show not finding its audience in a competitive time slot? This has also made me concerned about my favorite prime-time sitcom, Archer. The writing and voice acting are insanely brilliant. (For me, I rate it a hair above Community.) Do you think it will come back for a third season? Will we need to let slip the ...
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Matt's TV Week in Review

Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

Sometimes it's not just about the ratings. And sometimes it is. That's the takeaway from an eventful week in the win-some/lose-some sweepstakes we call TV programming.

On the plus side: TNT's renewal of Southland, the latest lifeline for the gritty police drama that NBC ditched during that misbegotten period when Jay Leno put the 10 pm drama on the endangered species list. It will never be as popular as the network's signature shows like The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles (which got a funny shout out from 30 Rock's Liz Lemon this week), but Southland's uncompromising integrity helps give credence to TNT's "We Know Drama" credo.

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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

Matt's TV Week in Review

Kyle Chandler

You mean there was a game on this week?

While TV history was made with the Super Bowl becoming once again the most-watched program ever — my thoughts on the game, the ads, the Glee episode can be found here — it was a pretty super week of February sweeps madness on all fronts. Some significant new shows arrived, including Fox's terrific The Chicago Code (read my review) and ABC's not-quite-there-yet Mr. Sunshine (my review also includes comments on the return of Justified and the farewell of Friday Night Lights).

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Premiered: January 11, 2011, on FX
Rating: TV-MA
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Premise: An ex-heavyweight champ struggles to find his way---and support his family---after retiring from the ring.

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