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Craig Bierko To Star In New Lifetime Series ‘Un-Real’, Michael Irby Joins ‘The Lottery’

By | Tuesday July 22, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

bierkoCraig Bierko has been cast as a lead opposite Shiri Appleby in Lifetime’s darkly comedic drama series Un-Real, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a competition dating reality series. He will play the show’s sexy and arrogant creator Chet. The 10-episode series, from Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, is inspired by Shapiro’s short film Sequin Raze. It centers on Rachel (Appleby), a young staffer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with and among the contestants. Bierko is with Paradigm.

60EA3E3B740199BC1D007A6B646B8FCD__130305190322-150x150Michael Irby (Almost Human) is set to recur on another Lifetime freshman drama, The Lottery, which just premiered. Produced by Warner Horizon, the 10-episode thriller is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race. Irby, repped by Greene & Assoc. and the Coronel Group, will play Nick, the older brother to Vanessa (Athena Karkanis) who has made unwise choices that have led to trouble, again and again.

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Lifetime’s ‘The Lottery’ Debuts OK

By | Monday July 21, 2014 @ 5:29pm PDT

Lifetime’s ‘The Lottery’ Debuts OKA dystopian reproductive drama on Lifetime from Children Of Men scribe Timothy J. Sexton does seem to have all the right ingredients. However, it also needs an audience to show up and that was a bit of a struggle for the debut of The Lottery last night. With a new Witches Of East End as a lead-in, the Warner Horizon-produced conspiracy thriller debut to 1.1 million total viewers last night at 10 PM. That’s down from the 1.93 million who tuned in for the 10 PM Season 1 premiere of the supernatural soapy Witches on October 6 last year.

Lifetime_Logo_Vector_CMYK_1_Coral_031313_02__140206235544-275x275The Lottery’s launch was also down from the viewership of Lifetime’s other most recent drama debut. The June 23, 2013 premiere of the Marc Cherry-created Devious Maids drew an audience of 2 million. In fact, the Danny Cannon-directed pilot, which he EP’d along with Sexton and Dawn Olmstead, was much closer to the Season 2 debut of Witches on July 6. That 9 PM airing had 1.12 million viewers. Lifetime has ordered 10-episodes of The Lottery so far — let’s see if it turns out to be a winning ticket.

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Steven Pasquale Joins ‘The Good Wife’; Ernie Hudson In ‘The Lottery’

By | Friday July 18, 2014 @ 8:22am PDT

Steven Pasquale Joins ‘The Good Wife’; Ernie Hudson In ‘The Lottery’Steven Pasquale has joined the cast of the upcoming sixth season of CBS’ The Good Wife. He is slated for a two-episode arc as Elfman, one of the top campaign managers in the country who Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) is trying to convince to run Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) possible campaign. Pasquale, repped by ICM Partners and manager Emily Gerson Saines, was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his starring role in The Bridges Of Madison County on Broadway. He also has a recurring role on Netflix’s untitled psychological thriller drama from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler. The Good Wife returns to originals on September 21.

GhostbustersErnie Hudson has booked a recurring role on 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. Mavrick Artists-repped Hudson will play Randall Mitchell, a former Attorney General who uses his access to get the truth about his son (August Richard). Hudson has appeared recently on Mob City, The Millers, and Rizzoli & Isles. The Lottery premieres on July 20.

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Athena Karkanis Joins Lifetime’s ‘Lottery’; Steven Berkoff In ‘Witches Of East End’

By | Monday May 19, 2014 @ 1:30pm PDT

Low Winter Sun alumna Athena Karkanisathena karkanis1 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.
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Rick Eid Signs Overall Deal With Warner Bros TV, Joins ‘The Lottery’ As Showrunner

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 5:38pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

eidEXCLUSIVE: 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.

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

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 10:17am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Lifetime_Logo_Vector_CMYK_1_Coral_031313_02Lifetime 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.Marley SheltonThe 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.

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Wilmer Valderrama In El Rey’s ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’, David Alpay In Lifetime’s ‘Lottery’

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 11:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Wilmer Valderrama is the latest addition to the cast of Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series for Latino-themed El Rey network. On the 10-episode drama based on the cult horror film by Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, the That ’70s Show alum will play enigmatic crime lord Carlos. Valderrama has a first-look film and TV deal with another venture targeting Latino audiences, Pantheon Films.

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.

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Marley Shelton To Topline Lifetime Pilot ‘The Lottery’; Noah Bean In Syfy’s ‘12 Monkeys’

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 7:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: 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.

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Noah Bean is reuniting with his Nikita co-star Aaron Stanford in 12 Monkeys, Syfy‘s drama pilot based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam movie. Also joining the pilot, from Universal Cable Prods. and Atlas Entertainment, is Emmy winner Željko Ivanek (Damages), who will guest star.

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Lifetime Casts Trio In Pilot ‘The Lottery’, Duo In ‘Deliverance Creek’

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 1:51pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Dystopian Future Drama ‘The Lottery’ From Timothy J. Sexton Gets Lifetime Pilot Order

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.

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