Ramos told the Television Critics Association in Beverly Hills on Sunday that he's become fed up playing a limited range of roles. Then he got the opportunity to play a working-class character on the ABC show.
"Lucky 7" is about a group of New York gas station employees who win a lottery drawing and how their lives change. Ramos' character is a devoted husband and father.
Among the Puerto Rican-born Ramos' credits are TV's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Burn Notice." He was also in films including "Do the Right Thing" and "Sea of Love," and has performed award-winning stage work.
ABC's "Lucky 7" debuts Sept. 24.
Hot seat: NBC announced Monday that Ryan Seacrest will host "The Million Second Quiz," a new live game show the network hopes will become event programming for two weeks in September.
The network said it is constructing a giant hourglass-shaped structure in Manhattan for the game, which will involve contestants testing their trivia skills over a million seconds, or 11 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes and 40 seconds. A contestant leading the game earns $10 per second for sitting in the "money chair," with a potential payoff of millions of dollars.
The show will air for six straight nights starting Sept. 9, then return for four nights starting Sept. 16.
Seacrest is host of "American Idol" on Fox and "New Year's Rockin' Eve" on ABC.
Marvelous job: Joss Whedon says he's been enjoying trust as much as freedom from his partners on the much-awaited ABC sci-fi drama, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
The prolific Whedon said Sunday that both ABC and Marvel have been involved in getting what they want as the series takes shape, but he added he has been allowed to fulfill his vision.
He said everyone is on the same page, while noting he hasn't always been blessed with that sort of creative relationship.
"S.H.I.E.L.D." picks up where the film "Marvel's The Avengers" left off, tracking a team of skilled agents who investigate super-human people around the world.
Whedon's credits include "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the "Avengers" film.
"S.H.I.E.L.D." premieres Sept. 24.
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