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TCA Press Tour: 'Lights Out' punches in at FX

LO_20090417_0292 The sport of boxing has been a movie staple for decades, with films such as "Requiem for a Heavyweight," "Fat City" and, of course, the "Rocky" saga.

"Lights Out," FX's drama about a former heavyweight champion who attempts a comeback, may be one of the first series to be based on boxing. The series is scheduled to premiere next year.

"Boxing movies usually tend to be a one-off, with the exception of 'Rocky,' which kept going on and on," said executive producer Warren Leight. "We thought to do a serialized series about boxing would be really great."

The show stars Holt McCallany as a former champion who needs to go back into the ring to help his struggling family. Stacy Keach, who played a boxer in a classic boxing film, "Fat City," plays his manager and father.

Said Leight: "The drama of boxing serves the drama of what his family is going through."

— Greg Braxton

Photo: Holt McCallany in "Lights Out." Credit: Craig Blankenhorne /FX.


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Boxing movies are the number one sports movies in the history of Hollywood...

The next movie that they should make is "Johnny Bad Ass" by The Big Lefthook.

Albert Ruddy read and liked it but "The Fighter" was in development...I guess in ten years when the next cycle rolls around

Is this show a copy or take off of the short film by a student director that I saw back in 2006 that has the same title and is about a washed up boxer?


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