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LUCKY 7
Air Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#101) "Pilot"
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PREMIERE

SEVEN GOLD STAR GAS N' SHOP EMPLOYEES CELEBRATE AS THEIR IMPOSSIBLE DREAM OF WINNING THE LOTTERY COMES TRUE, ON THE PREMIERE OF "LUCKY 7," TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK

What would you do if you won the lottery? How would it change your life? Follow a group of seven gas station employees in Queens, New York, who have been chipping into a lottery pool for years, never thinking they'd actually win. They need to be careful what they wish for, because while the money could solve problems for each of them, it will forever change the close-knit bonds these friends have formed, in ABC's new drama, "Lucky 7," premiering TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC television Network.

In the premiere episode, "Pilot," the Gold Star pals have never lost hope that they could potentially cash in on the winnings of a lifetime. Matt Korzak(Matt Long) could get his very pregnant girlfriend, Mary Lavecchia (Christine Evangelista), and their other child out of his mother's house. Matt's brother, Nicky (Stephen Louis Grush), an ex-con, could pay off a dangerous debt and pursue the crush he has on co-worker Samira Lashari (Summer Bishil). Samira, a second-generation Pakistani immigrant and a talented musician, could finally afford to go to her dream school, Juilliard. Denise Dibinsky (Lorraine Bruce), the tender-hearted Gold Star cashier, is struggling to lose weight and regain her former glory, but the winnings could provide an opportunity for her to rebuild her crumbling marriage. Leanne Maxwell (Anastasia Phillips), a single mother, will try to keep her past hidden despite the spotlight the lottery win puts on her. Bob Harris (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), the store's manager and quite possibly the nicest man in the world, wants to buy the Gold Star and make it into the perfect workplace. And cheerful and charming Antonio Clemente (Luis Antonio Ramos) will discover ways to capitalize on the group's win in order to give his wife, Bianca (Alex Castillo), and their three kids a whole new life.

With their circumstances changed by the lottery win, these "Lucky 7" will need to overcome obstacles, reach down deep to examine their values and find out who they really are if they're to enjoy their newfound wealth. You'd think they'd have millions of reasons to celebrate -- but will they?

"Lucky 7" stars Summer Bishil ("Towelhead") as Samira Lashari, Lorraine Bruce ("Eden Lake") as Denise Dibinsky, Christine Evangelista as Mary Lavecchia, Stephen Louis Grush ("Detroit 1-8-7") as Nicky Korzak, Matt Long ("Private Practice") as Matt Korzak, Anastasia Phillips ("Stoked") as Leanne Maxwell, Luis Antonio Ramos ("The Ruins") as Antonio Clemente and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. ("The Wire") as Bob Harris.

Guest starring in "Pilot" are Alex Castillo as Bianca Clemente, Chris McGarry as Ted Dibinsky Rizwan Manji as Ahsan, Mimi Kuzyk as Ruth.

"Lucky 7," based on the British hit "The Syndicate," was written by David Zabel ("ER," "Detroit 1-8-7") and Jason Richman ("Detroit 1-8-7") and is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Zabel and Richman. The pilot was directed by Paul McGuigan. "Lucky 7" is produced by ABC Studios and Amblin Television and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,D,L parental guideline.

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LUCKY 7 (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/24/13 - 10/1/13
STATUS:
canceled/ended (2013-2014 season)
TIME SLOT:
not on the schedule
SEASON(S):
1 (??? episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
confirmed as canceled on 10/4/13
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, May 2013) In Astoria, Queens, a group of seven 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 two 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. "Lucky 7" stars Isiah Whitlock, Jr. ("The Wire") as Bob Harris, Matt Long ("Private Practice") as Matt Korzak, Stephen Louis Grush ("Detroit 1-8-7") as Nicky Korzak, Lorraine Bruce ("Eden Lake") as Denise, Anastasia Phillips ("Stoked") as Leanne, Summer Bishil ("Towelhead") as Samira Rajpur, Luis Antonio Ramos ("The Ruins") as Antonio Clemente and Christine Evangelista ("The Joneses") as Mary. Written by David Zabel ("ER") and Jason Richman ("Detroit 1-8-7"), "Lucky 7" is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, David Zabel and Jason Richman. The pilot was directed by Paul McGuigan. "Lucky 7" is produced by ABC Studios and Amblin Television.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Alexandra Castillo as Bianca Clemente
· Anastasia Phillips as Leanne Maxwell
· Christine Evangelista as Mary Lavecchia
· Isiah Whitlock, Jr. as Bob Harris
· Lorraine Bruce as Denise Dibinsky
· Luis Antonio Ramos as Antonio Clemente
· Matt Long as Matt Korzak
· Stephen Louis Grush as Nicky Korzak
· Summer Bishil as Samira Lashari
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Luke Hemsworth as Matt Korzak (Originally Cast)
CREW INFORMATION:
· Darryl Frank as EP
· David Zabel as CRTR/EP
· Jason Richman as CRTR/EP
· Justin Falvey as EP
· Kay Mellor as EP/CRTR (U.K. Series)
· Paul McGuigan as DIR (Pilot)
· Steven Spielberg as EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· ABC Studios
· Amblin Television
· Rollem Productions