Hey, TV.com, Should I Watch Lucky 7?
Is there room in the television landscape for a show without cops, super spies, headless horsemen, and fairy tale characters? New ABC drama Lucky 7 would very much like there to be. But should you make the room in your viewing habits for it? Read on to find out.
What’s Lucky 7 about?
Seven working stiffs at a gas station/auto garage in Queens, all of them suffering a variety of problems that range from the criminal to the personal to the financial, win a shared $45 million jackpot. Their lives, needless to say, change.
When are the winning numbers announced?
Lucky 7 premieres on Tuesday, September 24 at 10pm, against Chicago Fire on NBC and Person of Interest on CBS.
Who created the show?
Lucky 7 is a remake of the British series The Syndicate, which was created by Kay Mellor (Children’s Ward, Coronation Street). This version is helmed by David Zabel (ER, Detroit 1-8-7) and Jason Richman (Detroit 1-8-7).
Who’s in it?
Mostly relative unknowns, which is nice. Isiah Whitlock, Jr. is the most familiar of the bunch; you'll remember him as as Clay “Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit” Davis from The Wire. Luis Antonio Ramos you may recognize from a slew of guest roles on shows like CSI, The Closer, and Early Edition way back in the day (is 1999 "the day" now?). Summer Bishil (the movie Towelhead), Lorraine Bruce (she appeared in the British version of the series), Stephen Louis Grush (a Detroit 1-8-7 guest star), Matt Long (Jack & Bobby), and Anastasia Phillips (Bomb Girls, a handful of Skins episodes) round out the primary cast.
Who will want to try their luck with Lucky 7?
Folks who are tired of procedurals and/or high-concept genre fare but who want a drama with a decent hook and a personal touch. So, you know, the 58 people watching Parenthood, though Lucky 7 isn’t anywhere near Parenthood’s level.
What elements of the show hit the jackpot?
I wasn’t kidding about the decent hook aspect; I think an exploration of how winning gobs of money alters your life could make for some very compelling stories. These are stakes that aren’t life-and-death (in most cases), and these days, that's fairly uncommon. Pile on a diverse group of working-class characters, and you've got a pretty unique offering in a freshman class full of vampires, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and James Spader.
I’m also a big fan of Luis Antonio Ramos as Antonio, the one guy in the gas station who didn’t buy into the lottery pool. There’s a real warmth and dignity to his performance that helps to cut through some of the less-than-good stuff in the pilot. Lorraine Bruce is also a scene-stealer, and everyone just lets her get away with it, which is great.
And what elements of the show have bad odds?
Lucky 7 is, as Tim alluded to in his pilot preview, a bit heavy-handed, especially with the greed-and-guilt aspect of a storyline about two members of the group who are brothers, Matt Long's Matt and Stephen Louis Grush's Nicky. Indeed, if there’s a big knot in the show, it’s them, and Nicky’s individual storyline as he tries to deal with shady characters from his criminal past. I so do not care about Nicky at all already.
Make a decision for me! Should I buy in?
Sure, especially if you’re someone’s who been complaining about how there’s nothing but serial killer dramas on TV right now. If you don’t watch Lucky 7 and it gets canceled, I don’t want to hear you complaining later about how tired you are of TV being all blood-soaked and grimdark.
I also acknowledge that it’s airing at the same time as Person of Interest, so most of you are just going watch it later anyway.
Do you have a clip or a trailer I could look at, please?
Only because you asked so nicely.
What should I drink while watching the program?
A 7 and 7, what else?
Lucky 7 premieres on Tuesday, September 24 at 10pm.
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