WB Introduces Lifetime’s ‘The Lottery’, FOX’s ‘Gotham’ and ‘The Real’ [TCA 2014]

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Warner Bros. presented a couple of its new programmings at the Television Critics Association Summer 2014 Press Tour, including Lifetime’s new series The Lottery, FOX’s new series Gotham and new talk show The Real.

The Lottery

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Lifetime’s new series, The Lottery takes place in the year 2015, a dystopian future in which women are not able to have children anymore. After years of research, Dr. Alison Lennon (Marley Shelton) and her team finally succeed in fertilizing 100 embryos. However, it isn’t long until the government takes control of her research and decides to hold a national lottery to determine which women will carry the embryos to term.

In attendance at the presentation panel for The Lottery were series stars Marley Shelton and Michael Graziadei, who plays a recovering alcoholic and father of one of the last children born, as well as executive producers Timothy J. Sexton and Rick Eid.

Here are some highlights from the panel:

– Sexton explained that the title for the show refers to the actual lottery being held in the show and the thematic lottery, in the sense that whoever has the embryo has the keys to the future.

– Sexton also explained that even though the show and the movie Children of Men, which he also wrote, have the same point of departure, The Lottery is not the TV version of it. He added that the exploration is quite distinct from Children of Men. In The Lottery, the power struggle is the exploration of this world.

– Figuring out how and what she did to make it work is Alison’s journey in the first season.

– The infertility happening in the world is species specific. Other animals can still reproduce.

– All of the stories in the show do kind of come together in different ways. Eid teased that there will be romantic relationships formed between certain characters of the show, to which Sexton added, “some of which are sitting on this panel,” obviously referring to Shelton and Graziadei’s characters.

– Sexton explained that they wanted the show to feel like a present day show set slightly in the future.

– Shelton recounted that during a scene they were shooting in the park a school bus filled with children drove behind her, so they had to cut. In addition, she had to do ADR (automated dialogue replacement) for the scene because you could also hear children laughing, because they were shooting in a real park.

The Lottery premieres tonight, Sunday July 20th at 10pm. You can watch the trailer below.



Warner Bros held a screening for the first episode of FOX’s new series, Gotham, which is a prequel to Batman focusing on Commissioner Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner.

I personally wasn’t sold on the show after watching the trailer, but watching the pilot changed everything. Without getting into too many details, let’s just say that Gotham is now at the top of my list for new shows this Fall. For fans of Batman there is a lot to be excited about and lots of nods in terms of characters and who they will become.

I will share more of my thoughts on the show in an upcoming video, so keep an eye out for that.

Gotham premieres on Monday September 22nd at 8pm. You can watch the trailer below.

The Real

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Warner Bros also presented a new talk show, The Real, hosted by Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon. Similar to The View format, The Real will focus on discussing every day issues versus current news.

The Real premieres on September 15th on FOX.