By Taylor Lindsay | Indiewire February 11, 2014 at 3:2PM
Lifetime just placed a series order for "Un-Real," starring "Girls" alum Shiri Appleby as a reality show producer and based on the 2013 short "Sequin Raze." Now the network is continuing to expand its higher-end original programming with new conspiracy thriller "The Lottery," which has been given a 10-episode order.
The series is set a dystopian future where women have stopped having children, and a national lottery is held to determine the surrogates for the only 100 successfully fertilized embryos. The government's interests dominate the process, igniting a controversy over personal freedoms. "The Lottery" is written by Timothy J. Sexton, the screenwriter of "Children of Men," which had similar themes about a fertility crisis, as well as "Libertador" and "Cesar Chavez."
Danny Cannon ("CSI," "Nikita") directed the pilot with Grady Girl Productions, in association with Warner Horizon Television (WHTV).
“'The Lottery' is one of the most provocative and original concepts we’ve ever seen,” Lifetime's General Manger 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.”
TV stars across networks are coming together for this one -- the cast include Marley Shelton ("Eleventh Hour") as the fertility specialist responsible for the breakthrough, David Alpay ("The Vampire Diaries") as her lab assistant, Michael Graziadei ("American Horror Story") as the single father of one of the last children born in the country, and Martin Donovan ("Homeland") as a calculating government official willing to do anything for the greater good.. No premiere date's been set yet.