I could have gone with, like, 'Lights Out' is a knockout or 'Lights Out' is hard-hitting fun or, uh Leave the 'Lights Out' on or whatever, but I'm just going to tell it to you straight: This looks like it's going to be a really good show. Assuming it doesn't get canceled, Terriers-style.
I don't want to give too much away, but from the commercials, everybody knows that Lights Out is a boxing show about a Great White Hope. Right? Rocky on TV? Not exactly. The main character is a boxer, but he's retired and quickly running out of money, and his options for making more are getting bleaker and bleaker. The boxer, Patrick "Lights" Leary, is played by Holt McCallany, who I never heard of before. I think he looks like a puffier version of Jimmy Smits, somehow?
No? Whatever. Anyway, you might remember Holt from a bunch of guest appearances on various cop procedurals or maybe as the guy who wanted to build a house before he died in Fight Club (6 minutes, 57 seconds).
Playing his wife is Catherine McCormack, who has to decide if she's going to hide her English accent or not. Catherine played William Wallace's wife Murron in Braveheart.
And it also has Stacy Keach, who has been in about a million things. He was in American History X with Edward Norton, who of course also was in Fight Club; do you think Stacy and Holt sit around and tell Edward Norton stories?
I loved the first episode of "Lights Out", which did a great job slowly unfolding the story through flashbacks. I also really like Holt; he has a great way of conveying menace by just standing there. I just hope the show gets a fair chance; apparently the pilot episode drew a Terrier-sized audience. Not a good sign.
While it's on, Lights Out is on Tuesdays at 10 on FX.