What's better than Ernie Hudson guest starring in Lifetime's upcoming new series The Lottery? How about Ernie Hudson playing the father of J. August Richards' character? Does the thought of these two great actors playing father and son cause anyone else to mentally construct some funny-dramatic mashups of Ghostbusters and Angel? Or maybe we should go with The Crow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.... Let's focus on The Lottery, which has nothing to do with ghosts, demons or resurrection, but does work with a sci-fi premise.
The Lottery is described as a conspiracy thriller. Set in 2025, the premise revolves around a lottery to determine which women will carry the 100 embryos, which have been fertilized by a team of doctors. Given that this dystopian future is dealing with a major global fertility crisis, as women have mysteriously stopped bearing children, the fate of these embryos is naturally -- or scientifically, anyway -- a really big deal. Deadline says Ernie Hudson will guest star as Randall Mitchell, "a former Attorney General who uses his access to get the truth about his son," who's played by J. August Richards.
Back in June, Variety announced that Richards -- who currently plays Mike Peterson/Deathlok on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D -- will recur on The Lottery as Deputy Secretary of State Nathan Mitchell, a man "tasked by the President to travel overseas as a foreign diplomat once the lottery is announced."
Here's a look at J. August Richards in the series...
By the Hudson casting news, it sounds like something happens to Richards' character, which results in his powerful father trying to uncover the truth about the situation. Conspiracy! Of course, with those mentioned plot details, it's entirely possible we won't get to see Hudson and Richards on screen together, but it's still a great bit of casting on both counts, particularly for those of us who geek out over pairings like these.
Ernie Hudson made a name for himself in films, playing Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters, and later appearing in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The Crow and Miss Congeniality. On the TV side, his credits include St. Elsewhere, Desperate Housewives, The Secret Life of an American Teenager and more recently, Rizzoli & Isles and Mob City. He also does voice work, with credits that include Transformers Prime and going way back, The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians. Hudson's expected to reprise the role of Winston for the anticipated third Ghostbusters movie. In the meantime, it'll be great to see him in The Lottery when he makes his first appearance.
The Lottery premieres on Lifetime this Sunday night (July 20) at 10/9c.