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June 29, 2018

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Based on the bestselling, critically acclaimed book of the same name by Sarai Walker, the show was brought to television by Marti Noxon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). "Dietland" is equal parts drama and comedy as it cri- tiques the beauty industry and society in general for its obsession with weight and the near-impossible ideals imposed upon women. As Plum prepares for the sur- gery that will give her the so- called "perfect" body, she's torn between old ideas and new extremes when she's approached by an under- ground organization deter- mined to challenge the sta- tus quo. She also learns of a group of feminists bent on getting revenge against sex- ual predators. The role requires an actress capable of being both con- flicted and funny, and pro- ducers put their faith in Nash from the get-go. When it was announced that the actress had taken the lead in the new series way back in August 2017, creator Noxon spoke highly of their new star. "Joy is everything I hoped we'd find in our leadin g woman — beautiful, smart and blazing with talent," Noxon said. "When she au- ditioned, the whole room was electrified." Nash is in good company. Producers were equally ex- cited to announce the cast- ing of Julianna Margulies of "ER" and "The Good Wife," who plays Plum's boss at Austen Media, magazine ed- itor Kitty Montgomery. Wick- edly ambitious, Kitty is sucked into a terrifying news cycle when a feminist orga- nization begins to target those around her. "Julianna is diabolically talented and beautiful, which makes her perfect to play our Kitty," Noxon said. "I am genuinely honored to have the opportunity to work with her. She's a spe- cial human and a rare actor." The cast also includes Ta- mara Tunie ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") as Ju- lia Smith, an Austen Media employee who manages the beauty closet where they store all manner of makeup, lotions and fad-worthy prod- ucts. However, Plum learns Julie has a hidden agenda as an operative for an under- ground feminist organiza- tion that wants to under- mine the messages of Aus- ten Media's beauty maga- zines and those like them. On the flipside is Robin Weigert ("Deadwood") as Verena Baptist, the fierce leader of a feminist collec- tive who brings women into a place dubbed Calliope House, a place of accep- tance. She hopes to depro- gram Plum so she can reject beauty industry thinking and accept herself for who she is now, not who she thinks she should be. Erin Darke ("Good Girls Revolt") plays Leeta Al- bridge, who shakes up Plum's world when she tries to recruit her for Baptist, claiming that the leader will change her life. Baptist's other followers include for- mer sitcom star Marlowe Buchannan (Alanna Ubach, "Girlfriends' Guide to Di- vorce"), who lost her job when she gained a few extra pounds, and Sana (Ami Sheth, "Blindspot"), a disfig- ured artist who becomes a model of self-acceptance for Plum. Calliope House is also home to Rubi (Jen Ponton, "30 Rock"), a colorful, exu- berant and very opinionated woman. Plum's love interest in the series is NYPD Det. Dominic O'Shea (Adam Rothenberg, "Ripper Street"), who be- comes attracted to Plum while investigating a hack at Austen Media. Dominic pals around with fellow cop and former partner, Bobby (Marc Blucas, "Underground"). British actress Rowena King ("Of Kings and Proph- ets") portrays no-nonsense newscaster Cheryl Crane- Murphy, who struggles to re- main calm as she delivers ma- cabre news sparked by the ac- tions of a feminist terrorist group known only as Jennifer. Austen Media titan Stanley Austen (Campbell Scott, "Royal Pains") has been tar- geted by the anonymous fem- inist terrorists. Meanwhile, his wife, Abra (Kelly Hu, "The Scorpion King," 2002), has grown resentful of being re- garded as merely Stanley's "trophy wife." Behind the scenes, Noxon serves as executive produc- er, writer and showrunner. She also directs several epi- sodes, exploring issues such as patriarchy, misogyny and rape culture in addition to critiquing unrealistic beauty standards. Filmed in New York City, the series tackles important issues and is likely to spark heated conversations among viewers. In fact, AMC is counting on it. The network has paired the se- ries with an aftershow in the vein of "Talking Dead," the companion series to its mega-hit "The Walking Dead." "Unapologetic With Aisha Tyler" airs immedi- ately after each episode of "Dietland" as Tyler ("Whose Line Is It Any- way?") and her guests talk about the show and the is- sues it explores. While shows such as "Talking Dead" focus primarily on its companion series, "Unapol- ogetic" digs deeper as Tyler leads discussions about broader "female-centric" issues beyond the themes touched on in "Dietland." The talk show features a mix of series stars and pro- ducers, celebrity fans, jour- nalists, comedians, writers and others. All in all, "Dietland" has been causing quite a stir in the television industry as Hollywood continues to move forward with the Me Too movement against sexu- al harassment and assault. Follow a beaten and dis- traught Plum as she takes cover in Calliope House, where she tries to come to terms with who she really is in a new episode of "Diet- land," airing Monday, July 2, on AMC, and stick around to check out "Unapologetic With Aisha Tyler." Cover story CHANNEL GUIDE Time Warner... *ROGVERUR DISH Network Satellite DIRECTV (5) WRAL NBC Raleigh 5 5 5 (7) WITN NBC Washington 7 - - (9) WNCT CBS Greenville 9 - - (11) WTVD ABC Durham 11 11 11 (17)WNCN CBS Goldsboro 13 17 17 (22) WLFL CW Raleigh 12 22 22 (25) WUNK PBS Greenville 2 - - (28) WRDC MNT Raleigh 3 28 28 (30) WRAY IND Wilson 8 30 - (40) WUVC UNI Fayetteville 6 40 40 (47) WRPX ION 22 47 47 (50) WRAZ FOX Raleigh 4 50 50 (43) WHFL IND Goldsboro 21 - - A&E Arts & Entertainment 27 118 265 AMC American Movie Classics 38 130 254 ANPL Animal Planet 46 184 282 BET Black Entertainment TV 52 124 329 BRAVO BRAVO USA 72 129 237 CMT Country Music TV 69 166 327 CNBC CNBC USA 37 208 355 CNN Cable News Network 29 200 202 COM Comedy Central 36 107 249 DISC Discovery Channel 30 182 278 DISN Disney Channel 57 172 290 E! Entertainment Network 62 114 236 ESPN Entertainment & Sports 31 140 206 ESPN2 Entertainment & Sports 32 144 209 FREE FREEFORM 28 180 311 FIT Discovery Fit & Health 59 - 261 FOOD Food Network 60 110 231 FXN Fox News 58 205 360 FSN Fox Sports Carolinas 50 420 645 FX FX Network 71 136 248 GOLF Golf Channel 51 401 218 HALL Hallmark Channel 55 185 312 HGTV Home & Garden TV 68 112 229 HIST History Channel 56 120 269 LIFE Lifetime Network 33 108 252 LMN Lifetime Movie Network 47 109 253 MSNBC Microsoft/NBC News 45 209 356 MTV MTV USA 53 160 331 NBCSN NBC Sports Network 65 151 603 NGEO National Geographic 70 186 276 NICK Nickelodeon 43 170 299 OWN Oprah Whinfrey Network 35 189 279 SPIKE Spike TV 40 168 241 SYFY Science Fiction TV 49 122 244 TBS Turner Broadcast Network 34 139 247 TCM Turner Classic Movies 67 132 256 TLC The Learning Channel 39 183 280 TNT Turner Network TV 26 138 245 TOON Cartoon Network 64 176 296 TRUTV Tru TV 44 204 246 TVLAND Tv Land 54 106 304 USA USA Network 25 105 242 WE Women's Entertainment 61 128 260 WGN – A WGN America 23 239 307 Tamara Tunie as seen in "Dietland"

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