Lifetime will not be moving forward with dystopian drama The Lottery.
The network has cancelled the series after airing one low rated season, TVWise has learned.
From Timothy J. Sexton, The Lottery was set in a future where women have stopped having children and the world was staring down the barrel of impending extinction. Remarkably, 100 embryos are successfully fertilized and a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates.
The Warner Horizon Television produced series starred Marley Shelton, Michael Graziadei, David Alpay, Athena Karkanis, Yul Vasquez, Shelley Conn and Martin Donovan. Series creator Timothy J. Sexton served as an executive producer alongside Rick Eid and Dawn Olmstead.
Since launching in July, The Lottery has struggled in the ratings and was never able to match the critical acclaim of other Lifetime originals. The show premiered to just over one million viewers on July 20th, but by the time the final aired in late September the audience had dwindled to around 700 000 viewers.
The demise of The Lottery further exemplifies the struggles that Lifetime has had when it comes to launching new original dramas since Army Wives wrapped its run. Of the last four new original series, only Witches of East End and Devious Maids have stuck – with both expected to return in 2015. The network still has drama series Un-real and Omen sequel Damien in the pipeline for 2015.