5 Shows That Should Have Been Canceled Before ‘Lights Out’

Thursday, March 24 by

Despite the plethora of crap to be found on TV, FX canceled the critically acclaimed boxing drama, “Lights Out,” due to low ratings. That pisses me off. I’m not saying the show was flawless. In fact, at points, it was pretty stupid. But even so, its writers looked like the reincarnation of William friggen Shakespeare when compared to their competition. How is it that a well scripted, well acted show like “Lights Out” has less of a following than a show about some stereotypical Italian asshole who bakes cakes? I have no idea. But what I do know is that these five shows should not be on the air in a world where “Lights Out” gets canceled.

Any Show With An Abbreviation For A Name

CSI!” “NCIS!” WTF? I’m not even going to argue that all these shows are bad (even though they are mindless trash). Wha I am going to argue is that maybe you don’t need twenty different versions. This goes for “Law and Order,” as well. Doing the exact same thing in a different location is the height of laziness (although “Cash Cab Chicago” gets a pass). New York, Miami, LA: who gives a shit? Murder is murder. Could you please just cancel one of these to make room for my boxing drama?


If you want to watch a show about two guys pretending to fight, why would you choose WWE over “Lights out?” It doesn’t make sense! “Lights Out” is better written, better acted, more believable, and a thousand times less homoerotic. Granted, if you’re looking for homoerotisim, I get it. But if you’re not, why watch that shit?

Hardcore Pawn”

Look, if you really want to watch a bunch of morons pawning shit, that’s fine. I get it. To be honest, I’ve wasted a lot of time watching it, myself. But do we really need two separate shows? “Pawn Stars” wasn’t enough for you animals? Jesus Christ!

Cake Boss

Oh no! They baked the wrong cake! What the hell are they going to do now? Oh, thank god! They managed to make a new cake just in time! I can see why this show is so popular! Oh wait, no I can’t. Italians should be ashamed of this asshole’s antics. Fugetaboutit!

“The Millionaire Matchmaker”

Watching Patti Stanger turn away girls because they aren’t attractive is like watching Chewbacca tell Bigfoot he needs to shave. Who the hell is she? More importantly, who the hell sits and watches that beast set up imbeciles on phony dates week after week? Well, my girlfriend does, but she’s only 13, so she doesn’t know any better. At any rate, the fact that this show survives while “Lights Out” dies is a travesty.

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  1. March 24, 2011 5:22 pm


    Hey Jame..TYSM for this ..I am not surprised due to the ratings #’s but soooooooo SAD we are losing Lights Out..Wanted to tell you, (if you didn’t already see it) April MacIntyre from monsters&critics posted about DirectTV putting “feelers” out for Lights Out on their Twitter page..(I believe it was something like “FX cancels Lights Out what are your thoughts?” April has been probably the most loyal TV critic to Lights Out and she asks that people twitter Direct TV (I know they said no more picking up of cancelled shows but maybe she knows something I don’t)..Anyway, maybe you could jump on board Jame and send the link to this article to DirectTv’s twitter page>? Thanks again for a SPOT ON article!

  2. March 24, 2011 5:22 pm


    Thanks for the info. I’ll look into that.

  3. March 24, 2011 5:22 pm


    Wait… your girlfriend’s 13? I don’t think I picked up on the sarcasm… hoping it was sarcasm.

  4. March 24, 2011 5:22 pm


    I was kidding. It’s a boy.

  5. March 24, 2011 5:22 pm


    Well said, man. Lights Out isn’t even the first thing that should be cancelled on F/X. (I’m looking at you, “The League”.)

  6. March 24, 2011 5:22 pm


    Didn’t the cake boss guy die? Seems in poor taste… Not that I’m offended or anything. Just thought I’d put that out there.

  7. March 24, 2011 5:22 pm


    FX was putting out alot of quality shows as of late. (including the League) It’s disappointing to see another one go.

  8. March 24, 2011 5:22 pm


    Lights Out is good stuff — I haven’t missed an episode.

    Sucks, I was hoping for at least one more season.

  9. March 24, 2011 5:22 pm


    Lights Out is good stuff — I haven’t missed an episode.

    Sucks, I was hoping for at least one more season.

  10. March 24, 2011 5:22 pm


    @walrus…wait til you see the finale, gonna leave everyone with chins hitting the floor! Regardless of what the haters say, there was a definite direction for a Season 2 as you will see…

  11. March 24, 2011 5:22 pm


    @walrus…wait til you see the finale, gonna leave everyone with chins hitting the floor! Regardless of what the haters say, there was a definite direction for a Season 2 as you will see…

  12. March 24, 2011 5:22 pm


    No. He’s alive. Shut up.

  13. March 24, 2011 5:22 pm


    I came across the article today that the said “[the] critically acclaimed FX Series Lights Out won’t be renewed for the next season after failing to attract the type of ratings the network was hoping for, according to the New York Times.” So my question is that if this show is so critically acclaimed, then why is it being canceled after one season? Was it the series that failed to attract attention or was it the network’s lack of marketing to promote a critically acclaimed series? I would venture to say that because the network did not put money into promoting the series that this is why they failed to garner the viewership they targeted.

    It doesn’t seem that Kim and Khloe Taking Over New York are having a problem with the E! Network and neither are the cast and crew of Jersey Shore with Mike “The Situation” in the right situation with MTV network. So how is it that series like those are able to have repeat seasons yet one that is critically acclaimed is canceled after one? Doesn’t anyone find it just a little bit bizarre that this series that I have watched since its debut is probably ten times better in terms of content and originality than the Real Housewives of Blank? I guess the executives at FX don’t think it’s worth their time to possibly put more money into series that has more potential than just putting together an awful reality TV show claiming to be original. After all they may be ‘Justified’ in their thinking considering the success of these other shows.

    But FX should seriously reconsider canceling the Lights Out series or if not, then selling the rights to another network (HBO? Showtime?) that might put some money into the right marketing plan to gain the viewership it has the potential to gain. Holt McCallany delivers a heart filled inspired liveliness and persona to a boxer’s role of a blue collared family trying to achieve the American Dream. The drama is engaging and could be considered close to home. This series could go in so many directions. Yet, FX would rather scrap a critically acclaimed series and start from scratch. That sounds like a cop out to me and could be better handled. Even these other crappy TV series on other networks have some consistency and so should FX; but, if they can’t do it then don’t let a good series be the scapegoat. One man’s trash is another’s gold mine. Pass it along and let the show go on.

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