Lifetime Greenlights Dystopian Thriller The Lottery

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Lifetime has ordered 10 episodes of The Lottery, a dystopian thriller from Children of Men scribe Timothy J. Sexton, the network announced Tuesday.

Set in a future where women have stopped having children, The Lottery reveals a world staring down the barrel of impending extinction. Remarkably, 100 embryos are successfully fertilized and a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. As conflict, control and mystery over this global crisis unfolds, the government's interests and power begin to dominate, igniting a highly controversial debate over our fundamental and personal freedom to raise a family.

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The series will star Marley Shelton (Scream 4), Michael Graziadei (American Horror Story), David Alpay (The Vampire Diaries) and Martin Donovan (Homeland).

"The Lottery is one of the most provocative and original concepts we've ever seen," Rob Sharenow, Lifetime's Executive Vice President and General Manager, said in a statement. "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."

Sexton will write and executive-produce with Prison Break's Dawn Olmstead and Nikita's Danny Cannon.

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