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 ...
Holt McCallany and Catherine McCormack
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 ...
The Learys live in a New Jersey mansion that the Sopranos wouldn't find unfamiliar, and paterfamilias Patrick (Holt McCallany) made his money violently. But that's where the similarities end (some of them, anyway): Patrick (aka "Lights") is an ex-heavyweight boxing champ. Alas, retirement hasn't been good to Lights, and his money's running out (so, yes, he'll get mixed up with the mob). But Lights' story isn't all boxing-movie clichés. For starters, he's married to a med student (Catherine McCormack) and he's a responsible father. And when he's diagnosed with "pugilistic dementia" in the series opener, it's only the beginning of the story. — Paul Droesch
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Question: In many of my favorite shows (NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, etc.), there have been contract issues and in some cases instances where lead actors and actresses decide to leave the show. I feel like if one main character left, then it would end the show in some sort of way. What do the cast members and directors do when a lead character leaves the show? An example: What if Mark Harmon or Ellen Pompeo left NCIS or Grey's? ...