I feel a twinge of apprehension as I realize I'm getting hooked on another stellar FX show, so soon after being hurt by the cancellation of the network's superb "Terriers." Will I fall in love with another cast of compelling FX characters to be heartbroken when I find I'm one of only a handful of viewers?
Let's hope not, because "Lights Out," a new drama about a retired boxer contemplating a comeback, is extremely good (I recently described it to someone as "a way way way way way way way better 'Rocky V'"). And I think "Lights Out" has better odds than "Terriers" right off the bell because (a) the show's title makes sense to potential audiences, and (b) the promotions for "Lights Out" actually feature photos of a boxer (promotions for "Terriers," a show about two private detectives, inexplicably featured a picture of a dog, which made people think it was a show about, you know, a dog.).
"Lights Out" stars Holt McCallany as Patrick "Lights" Leary, a former heavyweight champ who lost his last fight (and the heavyweight title) five years earlier in a controversial decision. Under pressure from his wife, Lights retired from boxing, but that fight still haunts him.