In what will now go down as one of the biggest failures in American television history (if it can be remembered), new ABC drama Lucky 7 is now former ABC drama Lucky 7, after the network announced that they would be cancelling the series after just two episodes had aired.
The Tuesday night ensemble drama was scheduled for a run throughout the fall season for its first batch of episodes, but ABC have decided that it is not even worth pursuing the concept as far as that point, in a decision that makes the series one of the earliest TV cancellations of all-time, and by far the quickest dismissal on the major networks in the 2013-14 broadcast season.
Lucky 7 is noted as having a premiere (which counted Steven Spielberg amongst its executive producers) on 24 September to an audience of 4.43m people and the lowest opening episode ratings for a fall drama in ABC’s 70-year history, in spite of critics deeming the show average if not unmemorable.
Episode 2 of the series (on 1 October) broadcast to an even lower number of 2.62m (dropping at a rate of 45%), and fearful of what figures the 3rd week (8 October) might bring, the show has been wiped from the schedule, with re-runs now set to take the 10pm slot until a replacement show is found.
The hour-long series had been based on BBC show The Syndicate, and saw a group of seven gas station co-workers in New York City win the lottery together after years of trying, and coming to terms with the new challenges that the money brings.
A trailer for Lucky 7 (parts of which may now never see the light of day in its intended form), and the show which inspired it, can be seen below. The total number of trailers is equal to the number of episodes the first show had:
Of course, this is another item to add to the prosecution’s case that the American entertainment industry is notorious for taking on successful British TV formats with the intention of ‘improving’ or ‘adapting’ them, and in the process going completely in the opposite direction. If the two trailers above were not enough evidence, then Exhibit B contains an almost word-for-word prime example of this trend: