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Lucky 7 9/24/2013 (S01E01) "Pilot"

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by dswallow, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. dswallow

    dswallow Save the Moderatоr TCF Club

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    Another US ripoff of a UK series ("The Syndicate").

    Apparently we're all still too stupid to understand what a "syndicate" is vs. a "lottery pool."

    They work at a gas station now, not a grocery store. But the gas station is going to get sold to a chain, just like the grocery store was. Pitiful they can't even be bothered to come up with their own ideas. Even the characters are the same... a set of brothers (even in the same situations), an overweight woman... blah blah blah blah.

    Season pass deleted.

    If you think you might like the story, go get the UK version. History says that if this even makes it to the season finale without being canceled, the UK version will still be better.
     
  2. TIVO_GUY_HERE

    TIVO_GUY_HERE I miss the ocean

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    +1 season pass deleted.

    Wasn't terrible, but I was bored, and ended up doing other things while it was on.
     
  3. 2004raptor

    2004raptor time to emancipate

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    Watched it last night. Never heard of The Syndicate.

    Although it did seem like i remembered another tv show about a bunch of people that were lottery winners.

    Anyway, when it saw the thread title I immediately thought there's no good reason for an episode thread. This thread should cover the entire series...because the show won't last very long.:D
     
  4. gweempose

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    You're thinking of Windfall:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0483536/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_10

    That show never made it past it's original 13 episode run. I doubt this one will either.
     
  5. Hoffer

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    I read about this show like a week ago and was kinda interested. Then I saw a couple bad reviews and that was reason enough to stop the show from even being recorded.
     
  6. astrohip

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    For me, it wasn't that bad. It kept me watching the entire time, which is more than I can say for several other premiere week pilots. But the writing was weak, the acting only ok. No super dumb moments, but nothing to grab one's fancy.

    I'd give it a "C".
     
  7. Maui

    Maui Major Lee Oblivious

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    I watched the first episode and saw a glimmer of potential but based on the previews they showed at the end of the episode it did not look like they were going to capitalize on them.

    Besides there was one moment in the previews for upcoming episodes that look really BAD

    "You Lost The Ticket"! - I am guessing that, unless they are doing a jumping timeline that the ticket had already been collected by the lottery agents since they trotted them out in front of the press.
     
  8. gigaguy

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    I thought it was ok. I'll watch a few more and see. I saw in the opening credits that Spielberg is a producer. wonder why they didn't promote that.
     
  9. gweempose

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    Based on the abysmal ratings, "a few more" may be all you'll get. :)
     
  10. gchance

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    Are you saying you don't like it because it was based on a UK series?

    I quite enjoyed it, and other than its "Lostness" (large cast with many personal stories to tell) it's sort of a throwback show. This seems like a show my whole family could watch. Since I haven't seen the UK series, having them work at a gas station vs. a supermarket doesn't bother me at all.

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  11. sharkster

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    I rather enjoyed it, too. I didn't know anything of it being based on a UK series. I mostly tuned in, initially, because I like the blonde actress (from Bomb Girls).

    I found it to have more going on than I expected. Some of the backstories were compelling. I found myself interested in what happens to these people. Classic tv? No, but not the worst thing I've seen even just this year.
     
  12. stellie93

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    I watched this with the idea that I would hate it, but it wasn't that bad. I'm in for now.
     
  13. dswallow

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    I'm saying it was a non-original, unnecessary waste of money remaking something perfectly fine in its own right, with changes for the US audience that do little but make the whole thing worse, overall. It certainly was no work of literature to begin with, but the characters became more caricatures of their original version in the US remake, and they generously ladled on some extra stupid sauce on each of them as well.

    Nothing about the US version is better than the UK version. And nothing in the UK version would preclude it simply being aired as-is on US television.
     
  14. Flop

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    Just got around to "watching" this. I ended up FF'ing through most of it to see if it got any better. It never did. I just never got interested in any of these cliched characters. SP deleted.
     
  15. gchance

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    When was the last time you saw a network (not cable/sat) run a UK series without changes? I don't doubt the original was good, but American viewers would just complain that they can't understand the accents.

    Greg
     
  16. dswallow

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    Downton Abbey?
    Merlin?
    Masterpiece Theater?
    The Avengers?


    Funny thing is this list of American series that are based on UK series is like a list of flops, with very few exceptions, most of which are reality shows, strangely enough.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_television_series_based_on_British_television_series




    Changes are fine. Stupid changes just for the sake of making a change are stupid.
     
  17. mrdazzo7

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    I caught some of this because I had recorded Shield earlier so it was there when I turned the TV on... I love ensemble stories and it seemed like it had a lot of potential but I don't think I could sit through a whole show with acting that bad. It was just rough. I actually thought the show was set it Boston because of the brothers' accent until the drawing scene said New York Lottery, lol. Is the "good" brother's character supposed to be FROM Boston, or is he actually trying to do a New York accent?
     
  18. gchance

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    I suppose I misspoke. BIG networks, PBS can hardly be considered with ABC, NBC, CBS, & Fox.

    That was probably the last time: 1968. You think audience tastes may have changed in that time?

    I do agree with you there, although I would say if you're making a US version of a show, it might be a good idea to call it a "lottery". I'd never heard of "syndicate" used in that fashion until you wrote it above.

    Greg
     
  19. dswallow

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    Merlin aired on NBC.
    http://www.nbc.com/merlin/
     
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