Low Winter Sun alumna Athena Karkanis has been cast in Lifetime‘s conspiracy thriller The Lottery. Produced by Warner Horizon, the 10-episode series is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race. Karkanis, repped by Greene & Associates and Sanders Armstrong Caserta & Noble Talent in Canada, will play Vanessa (fka Tori) who has earned her job and risen through the political ranks all the way to chief of staff to the POTUS. Tim Sexton wrote the pilot and will executive produce the series with Dawn Olmstead. Danny Cannon directed and executive produced the pilot, from Grady Girl Prods in association with Warner Horizon TV.
Steven Berkoff has been tapped for a recurring role in Season 2 of Lifetime’s Witches Of East End from Fox 21. Based on Melissa de la Cruz’s best-selling novel, Witches Of East End centers on the adventures of Joanna Beauchamp (Julia Ormond) and her two adult daughters Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (Rachel Boston) — both of whom unknowingly are their family’s next generation of witches. Berkoff, repped by Jeff Goldberg Management, Louisa Spring Management, and Conway van Gelder Grant in the UK, will play King Nikolaus, the patriarch of the Beauchamp family, who also happens to be a darkly powerful warlock and rules Asgard with an iron (and corrupt) fist. Season 2 premieres on July 6.