According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee Daniels’ The Butler‘s Stephen Rider has signed on for a recurring role on upcoming ABC drama Lucky 7. Rider is set to play Eric Mosley, a charming attorney put in charge of a custody case, beginning with the sixth episode of the series.
From David Zabel (ER) and based on British series The Syndicate, Lucky 7 follows a group of seven employees at a Queens gas station who win the lottery. After chipping into their weekly pool for the past several months, they now think that all of their troubles are over, that they have finally found the financial comfort that they could have only dreamed about before. However, as the old saying goes, money can’t buy happiness and soon enough, the colleagues see that though their bank accounts are larger, their problems haven’t gone away and, in some cases, have only increased.
In addition to his role in the Cecil Gaines biopic, currently in theaters, Rider has appeared in the likes of The Host, Safe House, and The Great Debaters. He joins a cast that includes the likes of Matt Long (Private Practice), Lorraine Bruce (Eden Lake), Summer Bishil (The Last Airbender), Anastasia Phillips (Bomb Girls), and Luis Antonio Ramos (The Ruins).
The series premiere of Lucky 7 is set to air Tuesday, September 24th at 10:00 on ABC, a night when the network will be unveiling Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, The Goldbergs, and Trophy Wife in an attempt to make over their Tuesday nights. You can check out a trailer for the series, as well as the other new ABC shows this season, here.
Will you be watching Lucky 7? Do you think the show can find an audience on ABC’s all-new Tuesday night? How do you think it will compare to The Syndicate, both in terms of overall quality and direction of the plot?