It really seems as if Lifetime is ramping up the genre shows first with ‘The Omen‘ and now from this trailer revealing the plot and look of ‘The Lottery’. Funny thing about the show is that about twenty seconds into the trailer I was thinking, “Wow this seems like something I had seen in ‘Children of Men'” only to find out that it is by one of the same screenwriters, Timothy J. Sexton. That’s not a bad thing either as ‘Children of Men’ was probably one of the better films or dystopian concepts to date.
Here’s a synopsis of the series:
Lifetime brings viewers to the year 2025 with the premiere of the provocative new conspiracy thriller, “The Lottery” on Sunday, July 20, at 10PM ET/PT. Currently filming in Montreal, the series stars Marley Shelton (“Eleventh Hour”), Michael Graziadei (“American Horror Story”), David Alpay (“The Vampire Diaries”), Athena Karkanis (“Low Winter Sun”), Yul Vasquez (“Magic City”), Shelley Conn (“Terra Nova”) and Martin Donovan (“Homeland”).
Set within a dystopian future driven by a global fertility crisis, The Lottery reveals a world staring down the barrel of impending extinction as women have mysteriously stopped bearing children. After years of research, Dr. Alison Lennon (Shelton) and her team remarkably fertilize 100 embryos. However, her victory is short-lived when the Director of the U.S. Fertility Commission, Darius Hayes (Donovan), takes government control of the lab and informs the President (Vasquez) of the monumental scientific breakthrough. To determine which women will carry the prized embryos to term, Chief of Staff Vanessa Keller (Karkanis) convinces the President to hold a national lottery and a battle over the control of the 100 embryos begins. Michael Graziadei stars as Kyle, a recovering alcoholic and single father of one of the last children born in the country, while David Alpay stars as James, Alison’s colleague and lab assistant. Shelley Conn portrays Gabrielle, the First Lady of the United States.
Not only does it look good but it has a few cast members that you’ll recognize who do great work. The standouts are clearly Martin Donovan and Marley Shelton who have both had amazing roles in the past. Beyond that , check out this trailer and you’ll see why I’m shocked to say that I’m excited to see a show that is going to premiere on Lifetime of all channels.
While I’ve been rather down on the concept of this show and ‘The Omen’ because they are on Lifetime, I think the right thing to do is to withhold judgement. The first trailer looks really good and I think they might be on the right track.
What did you think of the trailer for ‘The Lottery’? Are you looking forward to the show being released? Are you going to give it a chance? Share your thoughts below.
‘The Lottery’ premieres Sunday, July 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime. It stars Marley Shelton, Michael Graziadei, David Alpay, Athena Karkanis, Yul Vazquez, Shelley Conn and Martin Donovan.