bierkoCraig Bierko has been cast as a lead opposite Shiri Appleby in Lifetime’s darkly comedic drama series Un-Real, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a competition dating reality series. He will play the show’s sexy and arrogant creator Chet. The 10-episode series, from Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, is inspired by Shapiro’s short film Sequin Raze. It centers on Rachel (Appleby), a young staffer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with and among the contestants. Bierko is with Paradigm.

60EA3E3B740199BC1D007A6B646B8FCD__130305190322-150x150Michael Irby (Almost Human) is set to recur on another Lifetime freshman drama, The Lottery, which just premiered. Produced by Warner Horizon, the 10-episode thriller is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race. Irby, repped by Greene & Assoc. and the Coronel Group, will play Nick, the older brother to Vanessa (Athena Karkanis) who has made unwise choices that have led to trouble, again and again.