Wild Card (TV series)

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Wild Card
Also known as Zoe Busiek: Wild Card
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Lynn Marie Latham
Bernard Lechowick
Starring Joely Fisher
Chris Potter
Vikki Krinsky
Aislinn Paul
Jamie Johnston
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 36
Production
Executive producer(s) Lynn Marie Latham
Bernard Lechowick
Douglas Steinberg
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45–48 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Lifetime (United States)
Global Television Network (Canada)
Original run August 1, 2003 (2003-08-01) – July 16, 2005 (2005-07-16)
External links
Website

Wild Card (also known as Zoe Busiek: Wild Card) is an American comedy-drama series starring Joely Fisher. It was broadcast in the United States on Lifetime, and on the Global Television Network in Canada from August 2003 to July 2005.

Synopsis[edit]

Zoe Busiek (played by Fisher) is a former Las Vegas blackjack dealer whose life takes an unexpected turn when her sister dies in a car accident and she has to take care of her sister's three children, teenaged Taylor (played by Vikki Krinsky), preteen Cliff (played by Jamie Johnston), and little kid Hannah (played by Aislinn Paul). When the insurance company denies the family a financial settlement Zoe takes matters into her own hands, which leads her to a new career as an insurance fraud investigator with handsome former criminal Dan Lennox (played by Chris Potter) and serious but sweet Sophia Mason (played by Rae Dawn Chong) becoming her partners.

Each episode is centered on a particular case as well as Zoe's family life.

Sophia later becomes the boss. She leaves the show in the second season, along with Marcos (played by Bronson Picket), and is replaced by M. Pearl McGuire (played by Loretta Devine), who becomes Zoe's and Dan's sassy new boss.

Cast[edit]

Regular guests[edit]

Production notes[edit]

The series, which is set in Chicago, Illinois (filmed in Toronto), was created and executive produced by Lynn Marie Latham and Bernard Lechowick. The theme song for the first season is performed by Amy Sky, while the theme song for the second season, "I Believe In Me," is performed by Cherie.

Main crew[edit]

Lynn Marie Latham, Bernard Lechowick, Linda Gase, and Thania St. John. Latham and Lechowick were fired as showrunners by the end of the first season, replaced by Doug Steinberg (formerly a consultant on Dawson's Creek).

Episodes[edit]

Season One (2003–2004)[edit]

Episode Number Episode Title Original Airdate #
1 Pilot August 2, 2003 1
2 "The Learning Curve" August 9, 2003 2
3 "Con Artistry" August 16, 2003 3
4 "Hell Week" August 23, 2003 4
5 "Dearly Beloved" September 6, 2003 5
6 "Dead Again" September 13, 2003 6
7 "The Cheese Stands Alone" September 27, 2003 7
8 "No Bull" October 4, 2003 8
9 "Mimi's Assetts" October 18, 2003 9
10 "Spooked" October 25, 2003 10
11 "Sand Trap" November 8, 2003 11
12 "Black Sheep" November 15, 2003 12
13 "Bullet Proof" December 6, 2003 13
14 "Backstabbed" December 13, 2003 14
15 "Auntie Venom" January 3, 2004 15
16 "Block Party" January 10, 2004 16
17 "Candy Land" January 17, 2004 17
18 "Queen Bea" January 24, 2004 18

Season Two (2004–2005)[edit]

Episode Number Episode Title Original Airdate #
1 "A Felony for Melanie" July 11, 2004 19
2 "Dr. Sidney Loses a Kidney" July 18, 2004 20
3 "Sniper Shot, Intern Hot" July 25, 2004 21
4 "Roses Are Red, Violets Are Busiek" August 1, 2004 22
5 "Bound and Gagged, Your Husband Was Snagged" August 8, 2004 23
6 "Wham Bam, Thank You Dan" August 15, 2004 24
7 "Slam Dunk Funk" August 22, 2004 25
8 "Die, Die, Who Am I?" September 26, 2004 26
9 "Premonition Mission" October 3, 2004 27
10 "Bada Bing, Bada Busiek" October 10, 2004 28
11 "Tick Tock, Writer's Block" October 17, 2004 29
12 "Blind in a Bind" October 24, 2004 30
13 "Russian Missus Gets No Kisses" June 11, 2005 31
14 "See Ya Later, Investigator!" June 18, 2005 32
15 "A Whisper from Zoe's Sister" June 25, 2005 33
16 "Multiple Personality Fatality" July 2, 2005 34
17 "My Boyfriend Is an Axe Murderer" July 9, 2005 35
18 "Zoe's Phony Matrimony" July 16, 2005 36

Syndication[edit]

The series was aired in syndication on the Lifetime Real Women network.

References[edit]

  • Jeffrey Stepakoff, "Billion-Dollar Kiss" (Gotham/Penguin), p. 297. Stepakoff was briefly a co-executive producer of the series in its early episodes.

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