Michael Graziadei (American Horror Story), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Spartacus) 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 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. 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.
Nico Tortorella, coming off Fox’s The Following, is set to co-star opposite Victoria Justice in the MTV cyber thriller pilot Eye Candy, about Lindy (Justice), a reclusive hacker whose blog exposes everything from terrorist plots to suspected killers. She is targeted by a dangerous cyber stalker and teams up with the city’s cyber-crime unit to catch him. Tortorella, repped by Gersh, KLWGN and Howard Fishman, will play Tommy, the cyber-crime unit’s formidable and flirtatious head whose fascination with Lindy may be more than professional. Catherine Hardwicke is directing/executive producing.
Yaani King (Mad Men) is set as a regular in Lifetime’s backdoor pilot Deliverance Creek from Nicholas Sparks Prods and Warner Horizon. It centers on Belle (Lauren Ambrose), who attempts to defend her family’s land by any means necessary and is pushed into becoming an outlaw by the corrupt bank that runs their town. Kang, repped by Pantheon and managed by Marshak/Zachary, will play Kessiah “Kessie” Washington, a quick-witted plantation slave who forges her freedom papers and sets out for Deliverance Creek with a desperate plan to save her family from slavery.
‘Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce’ Adds Sophina Brown & Carrie Fisher, ‘Deliverance Creek’ Adds Riley Smith, Amy Aquino In ‘Bosch’
EXCLUSIVE: Sophina Brown (Numbers) is set to co-star in Bravo’s pilot Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce, from Marti Noxon and UCP. Carrie Fisher will make a cameo appearance in the pilot, which follows Abby (Lisa Edelsein), the famous author of a best-selling self-help book series who is hiding the fact that she’s separated from her husband as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her early 40s in Los Angeles. Brown will play Abby’s best friend Kate who has to decide whether to stand by her as she’s going through this divorce or risk their years long friendship, joining another recent cast addition, Janeane Garofalo. Fisher will appear as Abby’s book editor, Cat, who’s got a no prisoners approach to Abby’s career.
Peter Fonda has been cast as a recurring guest star in Lifetime’s drama pilot HR. He’ll play Jonathan Quaff, one of the founders of the company Ellen (Alicia Silverstone) works for as Director of Human Resources. After a head injury alters her outlook on life, Ellen throws standard corporate practices out the window and inspires the business to strive for new ambitions and profits. Jonathan is bowled over by Ellen’s unorthodox and shocking ideas on how to upgrade the company’s image while keeping everyone happily employed. Fonda is repped by Innovative Artists and Somers Mauldin The Rose Group.
Lifetime has greenlighted Deliverance Creek, a two-hour backdoor pilot from Nicholas Sparks Prods. and Warner Horizon Television. Written by Melissa Carter, the period project is set at the end of the Civil War and centers on Belle Barlowe who attempts to defend her family’s land by any means necessary. When the corrupt bank that runs their town pushes Belle into becoming an outlaw, the stakes become personal, setting off a chain of events that force her to question whether it’s better to be good or to survive. This marks the first pilot for Sparks and his publishing agent/creative partner Theresa Park’s TV production company, which the two launched in spring 2012 with a first-look deal at WBTV, tapping UTA agent Elise Henderson as head of development. Sparks and Park will executive produce Deliverance Creek with Carter, while Henderson serves as co-executive producer. Deliverance Creek joins hourlong Lifetime pilots, HR, which stars Alicia Silverstone, and recently greenlighted Unreal. Carter is repped by Rob Golenberg.