Wild Card (TV series)

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Wild Card
Also known asZoe Busiek: Wild Card
Created byLynn Marie Latham
Bernard Lechowick
StarringJoely Fisher
Chris Potter
Vikki Krinsky
Aislinn Paul
Jamie Johnston
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes36
Executive producer(s)Lynn Marie Latham
Bernard Lechowick
Douglas Steinberg
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)Fireworks Entertainment
Lifetime Productions
Original networkLifetime (United States)
Global Television Network (Canada)
Original releaseAugust 1, 2003 (2003-08-01) –
July 16, 2005 (2005-07-16)
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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.


Zoe Busiek 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, preteen Cliff, and little kid Hannah. 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 and serious but sweet Sophia Mason 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, and is replaced by M. Pearl McGuire, who becomes Zoe's and Dan's sassy new boss.




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).[citation needed]


Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
118August 2, 2003 (2003-08-02)January 24, 2004 (2004-01-24)
218July 11, 2004 (2004-07-11)July 16, 2005 (2005-07-16)

Season 1 (2003–04)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
11"Pilot"August 2, 2003 (2003-08-02)
22"The Learning Curve"August 9, 2003 (2003-08-09)
33"Con Artistry"August 16, 2003 (2003-08-16)
44"Hell Week"August 23, 2003 (2003-08-23)
55"Dearly Beloved"September 6, 2003 (2003-09-06)
66"Dead Again"September 13, 2003 (2003-09-13)
77"The Cheese Stands Alone"September 27, 2003 (2003-09-27)
88"No Bull"October 4, 2003 (2003-10-04)
99"Mimi's Assetts"October 18, 2003 (2003-10-18)
1010"Spooked"October 25, 2003 (2003-10-25)
1111"Sand Trap"November 8, 2003 (2003-11-08)
1212"Black Sheep"November 15, 2003 (2003-11-15)
1313"Bullet Proof"December 6, 2003 (2003-12-06)
1414"Backstabbed"December 13, 2003 (2003-12-13)
1515"Auntie Venom"January 3, 2004 (2004-01-03)
1616"Block Party"January 10, 2004 (2004-01-10)
1717"Candy Land"January 17, 2004 (2004-01-17)
1818"Queen Bea"January 24, 2004 (2004-01-24)

Season 2 (2004–05)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
191"A Felony for Melanie"July 11, 2004 (2004-07-11)
202"Dr. Sidney Loses a Kidney"July 18, 2004 (2004-07-18)
213"Sniper Shot, Intern Hot"July 25, 2004 (2004-07-25)
224"Roses Are Red, Violets Are Busiek"August 1, 2004 (2004-08-01)
235"Bound and Gagged, Your Husband Was Snagged"August 8, 2004 (2004-08-08)
246"Wham Bam, Thank You Dan"August 15, 2004 (2004-08-15)
257"Slam Dunk Funk"August 22, 2004 (2004-08-22)
268"Die, Die, Who Am I?"September 26, 2004 (2004-09-26)
279"Premonition Mission"October 3, 2004 (2004-10-03)
2810"Bada Bing, Bada Busiek"October 10, 2004 (2004-10-10)
2911"Tick Tock, Writer's Block"October 17, 2004 (2004-10-17)
3012"Blind in a Bind"October 24, 2004 (2004-10-24)
3113"Russian Missus Gets No Kisses"June 11, 2005 (2005-06-11)
3214"See Ya Later, Investigator!"June 18, 2005 (2005-06-18)
3315"A Whisper from Zoe's Sister"June 25, 2005 (2005-06-25)
3416"Multiple Personality Fatality"July 2, 2005 (2005-07-02)
3517"My Boyfriend Is an Axe Murderer"July 9, 2005 (2005-07-09)
3618"Zoe's Phony Matrimony"July 16, 2005 (2005-07-16)


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


  • 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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