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by Liz Shannon Miller
June 10, 2014 7:59 PM
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Watch: 'Children of Men' Writer Rewrites the Sci-Fi Drama As Lifetime's 'The Lottery'

Timothy J. Sexton, one of the writers of "Children of Men," apparently isn't done imagining what a zero birth rate world would look like. And he's doing it for Lifetime. 

This summer, Sexton and the network that once declared itself to be "television for women" are launching "The Lottery," which pushes Lifetime into science-fiction territory with the story of a world devastated by a lack of children, and the extreme lengths scientists will go to in order to save the human race.  

The trailer below, featuring stars Marley Shelton and Martin Donovan, quickly shifts its focus from the titular lottery (which assigns childless women a chance at a fertilized embryo) to high-stakes drama and egg theft. Still, it's an intriguing peek at what could be a smart burst of sci-fi, albeit from an unexpected source. 

"The Lottery" premieres Sunday, July 20th.


4 Comments

  • s | June 12, 2014 7:10 AMReply

    I wasn't expecting this series to air so soon. Looks pretty good.

  • Salty Bill | June 10, 2014 8:57 PMReply

    Why are Sci-fi writers so concerned with the unlikelihood of a zero birth rate, when clearly overpopulation is the great menace to the Earth's continued well-being?

  • Lee | July 21, 2014 1:14 PM

    High birth rates aren't the issue, the world reached 'peak baby' circa 2008 and the number of births is projected to remain constant at a round a 1:1 ratio for the foreseeable. The issue now, as far as population growth is concerned, is an aging population. Mostly in Asia and Africa as it happens. That's were the extra 5Bn mouths to feed will come in the next 50 years, and before anybody suggests reducing birth rates below a 1:1 ratio, consider the socio-economic implications of an aging population and reduced pool of virile workers to produce the goods and services that the increasing number of retired and possibly infirmed elderly folk want and in many cases need.

    If lifetime wanted to produce a dystopian servies with some real teeth, it ought to have produced one tackling the issue of an aging population (it's impact on supply and demand, productivity, social attitutes to the young and the elderly alike, the unsustainability of established provisions for retirement, old age and the health care needs that come with it). Through in the inevitable crisis once we realise we've peak oil (which we probably won't realise until a decade after the fact) and find that we've no provisions (because our politicians are short-termist morons) for a post-fossil fuel world. The impact on the cost of transporting goods around the world will be bad enough (although it may solve some of the issues of globalisation such as deindustrialistion of the developed world) but then there's our reliance imported food (in the developed world at least) and worst still on fossil fuel derived nitrogen fertilisers to contend with.

    Sorry to harp on a bit, it's just that I wouldn't mind my attention being paid to realistic crisis looming on the horrizon.

  • Mario | June 11, 2014 8:45 AM

    Because looking at the opposite of a current "problem" can shed light on it from a different perspective.