Lifetime Cancels 'The Lottery' After One Season

The Lottery Still - H 2014
Philippe Bosse

The Lottery Still - H 2014

Lifetime has closed the books on The Lottery.

The A+E Networks-owned cable network has opted not to renew the one-hour dystopian thriller from Children of Men's Timothy J. Sexton.

Debuting in July, The Lottery took place at a time when women stopped having children, with the human population staring down the barrel of impending extinction. It is discovered that 100 embryos were successfully fertilized and a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates.

Marley Shelton, Michael Graziadei, Athena Karkanis, David Alpay, Shelley Conn, Yul Vazquez and Martin Donovan starred. Dawn Olmstead (Prison Break, Hatfields & McCoys) served as executive producer alongside Sexton. Grady Girl Productions and Warner Horizon TV produced.

Never a strong ratings performer, The Lottery wrapped its 10-episode freshman run in late September. It had a soft debut when it launched just north of 1 million viewers on July 20.

Lifetime's scripted slate includes Un-Real, Damien, the newly-renewed Devious Maids and Witches of East End. Among the drama pilots at the network include The Clan of the Cave Bear.

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