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ABC Cancels 'Lucky 7' After Two Episodes

 

Lucky 7

 

Well I guess if you make a television series with the word 'lucky' in the title, you're sort of tempting fate. 

After a mere two episodes, ABC has cancelled 'Lucky 7,' an adaptation of a British series from Jason Richman and David Zabel. This marks the first cancellation of this new, young Autumn television season and ties the fastest cancellation of last year: CBS' 'Partners' was canned after two episodes, last time around. 

'Lucky 7' is set in Astoria, Queens, where a group of 7 gas station employees have been chipping into a lottery pool for months, never thinking they'd actually win. Money could solve problems for each of them. Matt (Matt Long) could get his girlfriend and 2 kids out of his mother's house. Matt's brother Nicky (Stephen Louis Grush), an ex-con, could pay off a dangerous debt. Samira (Summer Bishil), a second-generation Pakistani immigrant, could afford to go to Juilliard.  Denise (Lorraine Bruce), a plucky cashier, could focus on rebuilding her crumbling marriage.  Leanne (Anastasia Phillips), a young mother, could help her daughter realize her dreams. Bob (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), the store's manager, could finally retire and Antonio (Luis Antonio Ramos) could give his wife and kids a whole new life.

It seems we'll never get to see each of the different characters enjoy their winnings, with this cancellation. It's curious why a series which was a success overseas would flop so completely here in the USA. Fingers could be pointed; after all, there are no stars attached to the series, there was little-to-no advertising for the show coming from ABC. Still, it's strange that the show didn't strike a chord with viewers, considering how massive the lottery business is in America. Times are hard and the dream of winning some relief is a tempting one... but perhaps the idea of watching people other than yourself live that dream isn't. So long, 'Lucky 7.' 

So what will become of the 'Lucky 7' timeslot? ABC will air repeats of the hit series 'Scandal' on Tuesdays at 10:00pm, as a temporary replacement. 

 


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Show:
- Lucky 7
Network:
- ABC

Written by: bad_subject
Oct 5th, 2013, 1:07 am

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KYLEd
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Message Posted On Oct 7th, 2013, 4:57 am

@KYLEd: Those episodes did indeed air, but word that 'Partners' wasn't getting a back order came after the second episode. Hence, cancelation. But thanks for the bold font. 


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Perhaps, but you'd have to agree there's a difference in the perception of a show's failure between a show that is removed from the air after 2 episodes as ABC is doing with Lucky 7 & a show that airs 6 episodes despite CBS not picking up Partners for more episodes.
No problem w/ the bold, it was free. 

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Message Posted On Oct 6th, 2013, 12:10 am

@KYLEd: Those episodes did indeed air, but word that 'Partners' wasn't getting a back order came after the second episode. Hence, cancellation. But thanks for the bold font. 

KYLEd
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Message Posted On Oct 5th, 2013, 12:09 pm

Adam wrote: "This marks the first cancellation of this new, young Autumn television season and ties the fastest cancellation of last year: CBS' 'Partners' was canned after two episodes, last time around."

 

 

Correction | Partners wasn't cancelled after 2 episodes. It aired 6 out of its 13.
Perhaps you're thinking of NBC's The Paul Reiser Show

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Message Posted On Oct 5th, 2013, 6:49 am

"I'll never understand the way Americans watch TV."

 

What's there to not understand? I doubt the way Americans watch TV is much (if any) different from the way non-Americans watch TV.

 

"If you have a DVR/Video then you can watch the show when you like, it's not rocket science."

 

Well, OK. Definitely a true statement, but unconnected to much of anything, let alone this article.

 

"But yet they can shows on a whim."

 

They're not canned "on a whim". By stupid reasoning, most assuredly, but definitely not "on a whim".

 

"Still, who wants to watch a show about lottery winners? It just rubs your face in it and reminds you (if you play) that you are a loser."

 

Agreed. This is most likely the reason the appropriate people weren't watching the show, resulting in it being cancelled.

 

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Message Posted On Oct 5th, 2013, 4:12 am
I'll never understand the way Americans watch TV. If you have a DVR/Video then you can watch the show when you like, it's not rocket science. But yet they can shows on a whim. Still, who wants to watch a show about lottery winners? It just rubs your face in it and reminds you (if you play) that you are a loser.
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Message Posted On Oct 5th, 2013, 2:28 am

I haven't watched it yet (on the DVR), but that's not unusual for me.  My guess would be the scheduling.  They put it on an hour after "Shield".  If they'd switched the sticoms (haven't watched them yet either) and "Shield" to give it a stronger lead, might've done better, but not being at 8 might've brought "Shield" down.

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