January 31, 2013 12:30pm PT by Lacey Rose, Lesley Goldberg
ABC Adds Lottery Drama Pilot From 'Detroit 187' Duo
ABC is adding yet another pilot to its portfolio.
The network has ordered Lucky 7, which revolves around seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in many unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot. The drama is an adaptation of British series The Syndicate, now in its second season on BBC One.
Detroit 187's David Zabel and Jason Richman are attached to write the hourlong effort, which is set up at ABC Studios and Amblin TV. Zabel and Richman will exec produce alongside Amblin's Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Steven Spielberg.
This marks Zabel’s second effort at ABC. He is also penning the net’s Betrayal, a pilot about an unhappily married female photographer begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family.
The news comes on the heels of another Amblin project being picked up to pilot at ABC. The half-hour Middle Age Rage centers on a middle-aged mother who is fed up with feeling invisible and begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she’s earned.
Zabel and Richman are repped by WME.
The Lucky 7 pickup marks the 12th drama ordered so far this pilot season at the network, joining Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D., Disney ride adaptation Big Thunder and David Shore's Doubt, among others.