Lifetime has announced that dystopian thriller The Lottery will premiere Sunday, July 20th at 10:00, where it will follow Witches of East End.
Written by Timothy Sexton (Children of Men), The Lottery showcases a world that has been hit with a fertility crisis, as women have mysteriously stopped bearing children, thereby threatening the livelihood of the human race. While Dr. Allison Lennon (Marley Shelton) and her team have figured out how to fertilize 100 embryos, the U.S. Fertility Commission gets involved and soon enough, the government takes over the lab. Their solution? Conduct a national lottery to determine the women that will carry the embryos to term.
In addition to Shelton, The Lottery stars Michael Graziadei (American Horror Story) as recovering alcoholic Kyle, the single father to one of the last children born in the United States; David Alpay (The Vampire Diaries) as James, a colleague of Allison’s; Athena Karkanis (Low Winter Sun) as Presidential Chief of Staff Vanessa Keller; Yul Vasquez (Magic City) as the President of the United States; Shelley Conn (Terra Nova) as Gabrielle, the First Lady of the United States; and Martin Donovan (Homeland) as Darius Hayes, Director of the U.S. Fertility Commission.
The Lottery was one of two new dramas Lifetime recently ordered, the other being romantic drama Un-Real. There’s no word on when the latter will be premiering.
Will you be watching The Lottery? Does this sound like a show that could do well for Lifetime? Should the network invest in more genre fare if The Lottery does well and Witches of East End holds up in its second season?