FX Cancels Boxing Drama Lights Out, Nears Renewal For Justified
FX has decided its boxing drama Lights Out, which premiered in January with 1.5 million viewers but never found its footing, won’t return for a second round.
“The audience didn’t want to watch a show about boxing,” network president John Landgraf tells Deadline. The final two episodes of the series, about a washed-up former heavyweight champion (Holt McCallany) fighting for a comeback, will air on March 29 and April 5.
While that show is down for the count, the website reports there’s good news for another under-appreciated FX drama: Network executives are close to renewing Justified for a third season, despite the low ratings for Wednesday’s episode. The critically acclaimed — and rightfully so! — neo-Western, about a no-nonsense U.S. marshal (Timothy Olyphant) who returns to his native Eastern Kentucky, is performing better than its first season and closing in on FX Sons of Anarchy.