The Lottery

October 18, 2014


‘The Lottery’ Cancelled By Lifetime


Lifetime has made it official — opting not to review The Lottery for a second season. The cancellation was considered a foregone conclusion after the futuristic drama’s freshman season averaged a paltry 700,000 in Live+Same Day. Compare that to the 1.8 million average for the second season of Devious Maids, which was recently renewed for a third season.



Conspiracy thriller The Lottery opened to 1.1 million total viewers in July paired with Witches Of East End. That sophomore supernatural drama’s future also is up in the air after a soft second season that premiered with 1.12 million viewers. It leaves Devious Maids as the only confirmed returning Lifetime scripted series for now. The network has on tap two upcoming hourlong scripted shows, UnREAL and the straight-to-series Omen sequel Damien, as well as drama pilot The Clan Of The Cave Bear.


Produced by Warner Horizon, the 10-episode The Lottery was set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race.


Source: Deadline

Athena Karkanis Joins Lifetime’s ‘Lottery’

May 19, 2014

 

Athena Karkanis Joins Lifetime’s ‘Lottery’

 

Low Winter Sun alumna Athena Karkanis has been cast in Lifetime’s conspiracy thriller The Lottery. Produced by Warner Horizon, the 10-episode series is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race.

 

Karkanis, repped by Greene & Associates and Sanders Armstrong Caserta & Noble Talent in Canada, will play Vanessa (fka Tori) who has earned her job and risen through the political ranks all the way to chief of staff to the POTUS. Tim Sexton wrote the pilot and will executive produce the series with Dawn Olmstead. Danny Cannon directed and executive produced the pilot, from Grady Girl Prods in association with Warner Horizon TV.

 

Source: Deadline

Rick Eid Signs Overall Deal With Warner Bros TV, Joins ‘The Lottery’ As Showrunner

February 27, 2014

 

Rick Eid Joins ‘The Lottery’ As Showrunner

 

Drama writer-producer Rick Eid has closed an overall deal with Warner Bros TV. Under the two-year pact, Eid will develop new projects for the studio. He also is boarding Warner Horizon’s newly picked-up Lifetime drama series The Lottery as executive producer/showrunner.

 

Written by Timothy J. Sexton and starring Marley Shelton, David Alpay, Michael Graziadei and Martin Donovan, The Lottery is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children. Remarkably, 100 embryos are successfully fertilized and a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. Eid will executive produce alongside Sexton, the pilot’s director Danny Cannon and Dawn Olmstead.

 

Eid is coming off executive producer/showrunner duties on WBTV’s drama series for CBS Hostages. Before that, he was under a deal at CBS TV Studios where he served as co-executive producer on the studio’s long-running CBS crime drama CSI. At WBTV/Warner Horizon, he previously served as executive producer/showrunner on TNT drama series Dark Blue. WME-repped Eid also co-created the NBC/Universal drama series Conviction.

 

Source: Deadline

Lifetime Picks Up Dystopian-Future Drama Pilot ‘Lottery’ To Series
Marley Shelton

February 11, 2014

 

Lifetime Picks Up Dystopian-Future Drama Pilot ‘Lottery’ To Series

 

After the bad news from USA's Horizon, we can now report some good news! Lifetime has ordered a series for The Lottery! Thank you Lifetime! Premise sounds very interesting so it's certainly good news. See post below for full story.

 

Lifetime has completed a deal for a 10-episodes order to conspiracy thriller pilot The Lottery. As expected, it will join Lifetime’s recently picked up< new drama Un-Real, from A+E Studios, which also received a 10-episode order. The Warner Horizon-produced Lottery is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race.

 

When 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. “The Lottery is one of the most provocative and original concepts we’ve ever seen,” Lifetime’s general manager Rob Sharenow said. “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 project, written by Sexton, stars Marley Shelton, Michael Graziadei, David Alpay, Martin Donovan, Lesley Ann Brandt and Louise Lombardi. Sexton, serves as executive producer with Dawn Olmstead. Danny Cannon directed and executive produced the pilot, from Grady Girl Prods in association with Warner Horizon TV.

 

Source: Deadline

David Alpay In Lifetime’s ‘Lottery’

November 25, 2013

 

 

David Alpay in Lifetime's 'The Lottery'

 

The Vampire Diaries alum David Alpay has been cast in Lifetime’s dystopian-future drama pilot The Lottery, set in a world where women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race. When 100 embryos are successfully fertilized by Dr. Alison Scott (Marley Shelton), a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. Alpay, repped by APA, KLWGN, and Canada’s Characters Agency, will play James, Alison’s colleague and current lab assistant.

 

The pilot really seems to be getting underway. Premise is interesting, I love those future drama series, this could be an intriguing series. Getting more and more excited by this project. Really glad Marley Shelton in the leading lady.

 

Source: Deadline

The Lottery

November 22, 2013

 

Marley Shelton To Topline Lifetime Pilot ‘The Lottery’

 

 

Marley Shelton (Eleventh Hour) is set as the lead in Lifetime’s dystopian-future drama pilot The Lottery, written by Timothy J. Sexton and directed by Danny Cannon. The Warner Horizon-produced conspiracy thriller is set in a world where women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race.

 

When 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. The series centers on Dr. Alison Scott (Shelton), the brilliant fertility specialist whose breakthrough in fertilizing 100 viable eggs may have life-and-death consequences she could not have anticipated.

 

Interesting development, loved Marley Shelton on the Eleventh Hour, still can't believe CBS cancelled that show with those ratings! Still one more reason to check out "The Lottery"

 

Source: DeadLine

The Lottery

November 4, 2013

 

Lifetime Casts Trio In Pilot ‘Lottery’

 

Lesley-Ann Brandt (Spartacus), Michael Graziadei (American Horror Story) and Louise Lombard (CSI) have been cast in Lifetime’s dystopian future drama pilot The Lottery, written by Timothy J. Sexton and directed by Danny Cannon. The conspiracy thriller is set in a world where women have stopped having children, with the human race facing impending extinction. When remarkably 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. Graziadei, repped by Gersh and Main Title, will play Kyle, a recovering alcoholic and single father of one of the last children born in the country.

 

He was in ABC’s pilot Venice and appears in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Thor crossover episode. Lesley-Ann Brandt, repped by Innovative Artists, LuberRoklin and Matt Rosen, will play Casey, a U.S. soldier longing for a child who jumps at the shot at being a surrogate by participating in the lottery. She has recurred on Single Ladies and the upcoming Killer Women and can be seen in Drift. Lombard plays Tori, a formerly free-spirited artist who is now a member of the Washington power elite, an accomplished writer and spinmeister who has the ear of the president.

 

Source: DeadLine

September 16, 2013

 

Dystopian Future Drama "The Lottery" get Pilot Order at Lifetime!

 

Lifetime has given a pilot order to The Lottery, a futuristic conspiracy thriller. Written by feature/longform writer Timothy J. Sexton (Children Of Men, Boycott), Lottery is set in a world destined for extinction as women have stopped having children. When remarkably 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. As conflict, control and mystery over this important scientific breakthrough unfolds, government interests and power begin to dominate one of the most personal and basic elements of humanity — the right to have a family.

 

Oscar-nominated Sexton executive produces with Dawn Olmstead (Prison Break) whose Grady Girl Prods will co-produce with Warner Horizon Television. The order for The Lottery comes on the heels of the green light for Deliverance Creek, a two-hour backdoor pilot from Nicholas Sparks Prods, also produced by Warner Horizon. They join Lifetime pilots HR and Unreal.

 

Source: Deadline


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