Episodes: Eight but six unaired (hour)
TV show dates: September 24, 2013 — October 1, 2013
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Summer Bishil, Lorraine Bruce, Alexandra Castillo, Christine Evangelista, Stephen Louis Grush, Matt Long, Anastasia Phillips, Luis Antonio Ramos, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
TV show description:
This dramatic series follows a group of seven close-knit employees of the Gold Star Gas N’ Shop in Queens, New York. They’ve been chipping into a lottery pool for years, never thinking they’d actually win — but then, they do. While the money may or may not solve all of their individual problems, it will certainly change their friendships forever.
Bob Harris (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) is the manager, the service station’s unofficial patriarch for 25 years, and possibly the nicest man in the world. He wants to buy the Gold Star and turn it into the perfect workplace he’s always imagined.
Matt Korzak (Matt Long) is the station’s dependable and well-meaning assistant manager. He’s worked there since high school and carries the burdens of every working parent as he struggles to take care of his child and Mary Lavecchia (Christine Evangelista), his demanding and very pregnant longtime girlfriend. Feeling overwhelmed from financial strains, Matt takes desperate measures to give his family the life they deserve.
Nicky (Stephen Louis Grush) is Matt’s reckless yet slyly charming younger brother. He’s always been a bit of a screw-up and even spent some time in prison. He’s now out on parole and trying to better himself, employed as an assistant mechanic at Gold Star (thanks to Matt). Nicky is working to stick to the straight and narrow path and finds himself falling for a co-worker who’ll help him stay there, Samira. Unfortunately, not all of Nicky’s debts have been paid.
Samira Lashari (Summer Bishil) is a young store clerk who emigrated from Pakistan as a child with her family. She grew up American but has a foot firmly stuck in traditional values. Her parents have very strong ideas about the life she should be living — including the man she should marry — but Samira is intent on forging her own path, which means pursuing her dream of being a musician.
Denise Dibinksy (Lorraine Bruce) is the tender-hearted cashier who’s always optimistic and sometimes superstitious. She loves talking to customers and never hesitates to help others. Denise is struggling to lose weight in hopes of rebuilding her crumbling 20 year relationship with her husband.
Antonio Clemente (Luis Antonio Ramos) is the chief mechanic and is always cheerful. He’s happily married to Bianca (Alex Castillo) with three children. Though he works hard, he always comes up short each month.
Leanne Maxwell (Anastasia Phillips) is a young single mother who works the deli counter. She tends to keep to herself and is a bit of a mystery but still considers her co-workers her second family. She has a crush on Matt and also struggles to keep her past where it belongs.
Episode #8 — Five More Minutes
Bob is rushed to the ER with Gloria and the Gold Star gang at his side.
First aired: September 25, 2014 (released online)
What do you think? Do you like the Lucky 7 TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled?