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

August 3, 2010 |  1:08 pm

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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