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.