9 items from 2013
Episodes: ?? (hour)
TV show dates: September 24, 2013 -- October 1, 2013
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
This dramatic series follows a group of seven close-knit employees of the Gold Star Gas N' Shop in Queens, New York. They've been chipping into a lottery pool for years, never thinking they'd actually win -- but then, they do. While the money may or may not solve all of their individual problems, it will certainly change their friendships forever.
As expected, ABC has cancelled Lucky 7 after two low-rated episodes. The drama is the first of the 2013-14 season to fall.
Lucky 7 revolves around a group of service employees who form a workplace family and win the lottery together. The cast includes Summer Bishil, Lorraine Bruce, Alexandra Castillo, Christine Evangelista, Stephen Louis Grush, Matt Long, Anastasia Phillips, Luis Antonio Ramos, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
The series debuted to a disappointing 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.43 million viewers. It was last in its timeslot. This week, the second episode plunged 46% to a 0.7 rating with 2.62 million. It quickly became the network's lowest-rated show.
ABC has pulled the show from the schedule effective immediately and will replace it with reruns of Scandal, a drama whose season debut hit a new series high last night. »
The new season has just begun and it looks like ABC's Lucky 7 is already the frontrunner to be the first show cancelled.
Lucky 7 revolves around a a group of employees who work at a service station in Queens, New York. Their lives get turned upside down when they win millions of dollars in the lottery. The drama's ensemble cast includes Summer Bishil, Lorraine Bruce, Alexandra Castillo, Christine Evangelista, Stephen Louis Grush, Matt Long, Anastasia Phillips, Luis Antonio Ramos, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
The series debuted last week to a very disappointing 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.43 million total viewers. It was in a distant third place in its timeslot, attracting less than half as many viewers as Chicago Fire.
After just one week, it's the second-lowest scripted series on ABC, behind only The Neighbors which airs »
ABC has tried ensemble dramas like Six Degrees, The Nine, and My Generation -- and they were all ratings disappointments and quickly cancelled. Will Lucky 7 be different and make it to a second season? We shall see.
Lucky 7 follows a group of service station employees who win the lottery. They think that the money will solve all of their problems but, of course, things become much more complicated. The show features the talents of Summer Bishil, Lorraine Bruce, Alexandra Castillo, Christine Evangelista, Stephen Louis Grush, Matt Long, Anastasia Phillips, Luis Antonio Ramos, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around »
On ABC's new ensemble drama, Lucky 7, a group of seven gas station employees strike it rich with a winning lottery ticket. The cast includes Summer Bishil, Lorraine Bruce, Alexandra Castillo, Christine Evangelista, Stephen Louis Grush, Matt Long, Anastasia Phillips, Luis Antonio Ramos, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Will this series be lucky for ABC and bring big ratings? Is it lucky for viewers who are looking for a new dramatic TV series? Well, here's what some of the critics think:
Salt Lake Tribune: "Yes, TV can be serious. But it should also be entertaining. This is a drab downer of a show filled with characters who are, for the most part, hard to connect with. The money-can't-but-happiness message is delivered with all the subtIety of a baseball bat to the side of the head. It's hard to see that Lucky 7 is going any place »
Lucky 7 is yet another translation of British television for American audiences, and it’s about par for the course. While some efforts (mostly long ago and far away, with the exception of The Office) have come together to create long-lived, and beloved series, this isn’t an avenue of series creation that has a solid, recent track record.
Based on the British show, The Syndicate, it’s the story of a group of coworkers at a gas station who have been playing the same numbers for years, and fear for the jobs as rumors abound that the station is closing. All with their own monetary woes, which are laid out for us in great detail, this rag tag assortment of characters is about to find out that there are a lot of problems that come with their sudden riches.
The main trouble this show is going to have is in the translation of format. »
- Marc Eastman
Chicago – “Lucky 7,” debuting tonight on ABC to end their practically unprecedented attempt at an entire night of new programming, is a case of concept over actual character. The creators of this inert drama think cluttering their storytelling with various subplots will make up for the fact that you just don’t care about any of them. It’s a case of quantity over quality and that never works. I could be wrong but this one’s high on my list of shows that could be cancelled before Christmas.
Television Rating: 2.0/5.0
The premise of “Lucky 7” is one that I bet has been floating around pilot pitch meetings for years. What would you do if you and your co-workers actually won that lotto pool that you plug a buck or two into every week? How would it change your life? Your friendships? Your relationships? Such is the dynamic at the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Plowing the same ground ABC did with “The Nine,” “Lucky 7” represents the network’s latest take on an ensemble soap, here built around the age-old question, “How would money change your life?” Drawing additional inspiration from the movie “If I Had a Million” and anthology series “The Millionaire,” the show about workplace lottery winners almost immediately lurches into melodrama, spinning off multiple plot threads but few that seem worth following. Granted, the odds against succeeding in primetime aren’t quite as long as Powerball, but the show will still need plenty of lucky breaks to prevent its number from being up sooner rather than later.
The lucky septet all work at Gold Star Auto Repair Shop in Queens, including the behind-the-counter sales staff and working stiffs fixing cars. In a way, the most interesting subplot involves one of the mechanics, Antonio (Luis Antonio Ramos), who wound up not contributing to his colleagues’ lottery pool, »
- Brian Lowry
Merritt Patterson (photo, left) will replace Elizabeth Whitson as one of the series’ leading ladies, Olivia, TVLine has confirmed. Patterson had previously been cast as Olivia’s best friend, but has since been bumped up due to “the direction the character is now headed.”
Whitson, as a result, will exit the project. The Hollywood Reporter first reported on the recast.
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