UPDATED: ABC has given green light to Lucky 7, a drama pilot based on Kay Mellor’s BBC series The Syndicate, which premiered last year and has been renewed for a second season. This is ABC’s 12th and last drama pilot pickup this season.
David Zabel and Jason Richman wrote the U.S. version, which is produced by ABC Studios and Amblin TV. Lucky 7 is about seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in many unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot. The original series revolves around five supermarket workers who enter into a syndicate and win the lottery. (Watch a trailer below) Each episode of the series centers around a different character, and each season will follow a different group in similar circumstance. Zabel, Richman and Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey executive produce Lucky 7 alongside Mellor through her company Rollem.
Lucky 7 was one of three drama projects Amblin TV developed at ABC this season under a 3-for-1 deal, which guaranteed that one will go to pilot.
This marks the second ABC pilot for Zabel this season, joining drama Betrayal, and for Amblin TV, joining comedy Middle Age Rage. Zabel and Richman also had a contemporary Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Fin script in contention at ABC. The two first worked together on the 2010 ABC drama Detroit 1-8-7, which Richman created and former ER showrunner Zabel joined as showrunner at the pilot stage. Last year, they re-teamed to co-write together the ABC drama script Two Roads. Zabel, Richman and Amblin TV are with WME.