Lifetime’s moving forward with the thriller The Lottery set to star Marley Shelton, Michael Graziadei, David Alpay, and Martin Donovan. The scripted series was written and executive produced by Timothy J Sexton (Children of Men), and Danny Cannon directed the show’s pilot episode. Cannon and Dawn Olmstead are also on board as executive producers, with Lifetime giving the conspiracy thriller a 10 episode order.
“The Lottery is one of the most provocative and original concepts we’ve ever seen,” said Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime. “Tim Sexton’s unique dystopian thriller represents an exciting new direction for Lifetime and continues cable’s position on the leading edge of bold, high-quality scripted drama.”
The Lottery Plot:
Set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, The Lottery reveals a world staring down the barrel of impending extinction. Remarkably, 100 embryos are successfully fertilized and a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. As conflict, control and mystery over this global crisis unfolds, the government’s interests and power begin to dominate, igniting a highly controversial debate over our fundamental and personal freedom to raise a family.
Shelton plays Dr. Alison Lennon, the brilliant fertility specialist whose scientific breakthrough may have life-and-death consequences. Graziadei is Kyle, a recovering alcoholic and single father of one of the last children born in the country. Alpay stars as James, Alison’s colleague and lab assistant, with Martin Donovan taking on the role of Darius Hayes, a calculating government official willing to use any strategy to achieve what he believes is the greater good.
-Posted by Rebecca Murray
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