Channel Seven is testing its drama pilot Winners and Losers with online sample groups.
As first revealed by TV Tonight, the drama centres around females, in this case a group of four, Bec, Jen, Frances, and Sophie who reunite after being invited to a school reunion by Tiffany Turner (Michala Banas, McLeod’s Daughters), a girl whom everyone once despised.
The group were the ‘losers’ back in school and taunted by Tiffany. After the reunion they purchase a lotto ticket and become winners (coincidentally a lottery win was the premise for Nine’s Chances, a set-up it soon abandoned for more outrageous plots).
Filmed in Melbourne, the pilot is said to include Virginia Gay (All Saints), Melanie Vallejo (Packed to the Rafters), Damien Bodie, Eliza Taylor-Cotter, and Blair McDonough (all from Neighbours) plus Francis Greenslade (Newstopia, The Micallef Program), Denise Scott (The 7PM Project), Lawrence Mooney (The White Room) and Scott McGregor (Temptation).
Testing of Pilots with audiences is certainly not new, and when your investment is as major as a new drama it makes a lot of sense.