Michael Graziadei (The Young and the Restless), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Spartacus) and Louise Lombard (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) have been cast in the pilot for Lifetime’s conspiracy thriller, The Lottery.
Produced by Grady Girl Productions and Warner Horizon TV, the one-hour drama pilot, from Children of Men co-writer Timothy J. Sexton, is described as a “conspiracy thriller set in a dystopian future.” In The Lottery, the world is thrown into chaos with the human race nearing extinction when women stop having children. A scientific breakthrough results in the successful fertilization of 100 embryos; leading to a national lottery to determine who will be the surrogates. As conflict, control and mystery over this important experiment unfold, government interests and power begin to dominate one of the most personal and basic elements of humanity — the right to have a family.
Soap star Michael Graziadei has been cast as Kyle, a single-father and recovering alcoholic who is a parent to one of the last children born in the country. The actor is best known for his role as Daniel Romalotti on CBS’ The Young and the Restless. After eight years with the soap (all the while moonlighting in primetime), Graziadei departed in the fall of 2012 to explore other opportunities. The actor soon landed a role in the ill-fated ABC pilot Venice. Most recently, the actor appeared in ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s crossover episode tie-in with Thor.
Lesley-Ann Brandt will play a Casey, a soldier who volunteers to be a surrogate after years of longing for a child. Louise Lombard will play Tori, an artist-turned-Washington-power broker. She uses her considerable talents to further the wishes of the political elite, including the President.
Timothy J. Sexton will hold dual roles as lead scribe and showrunner. Dawn Olmstead (Tru Calling) will co-executive produce.