Marley Shelton

'The Lottery' gambles on a global fertility crisis

'The Lottery' gambles on a global fertility crisis

"The Lottery," a new series premiering Sunday on Lifetime, takes place in the near future — 2025, if you're counting — six years into a global sterility pandemic. (It's more of an omnidemic, actually — no one can get pregnant.)

As in HBO's "The Leftovers," in which 2% of the population vanishes without explanation, the process by which this has occurred is fundamentally (for the moment, at least) uncanny and irrelevant: No one knows why this has happened, though suggestions of pollution and chemical agents float by in an establishing montage of news reports.

It's an interesting idea. Margaret Atwood made it an element in her novel "The Handmaid's...

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