The diet revolution is here. And it’s armed.
Back in January of 2016 I wasn’t blogging yet, but I sure was reading. I had recently read the book Dietland by Sarai Walker and was dying to have someone to talk to about it! It was such an interesting and unique book. I wouldn’t consider myself a feminist, but this book is definitely in the feminist mindset and it was so powerful. It really made me think, and I flew through it in just a few days. Disclaimer: This will not be a book for everyone because it has quite a bit of profanity and has some graphic, even borderline obscene scenes. I don’t shy away from that kind of stuff so I found myself quickly turning the pages not to get through it quicker but to see what was coming next. My advice is this. Pick the book up before you watch the series. I can’t imagine that all the details will be in the TV series seeing as how it isn’t on HBO or Showtime. There is only so much that AMC can show on its channel.
Fast forward to today, I found out this book is being adapted into a 10 episode series on AMC starring Julianna Margulies. So cool!
The 10-episode series, based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 novel of the same name, explores society’s obsession with weight loss and beauty. Margulies will play Kitty Montgomery, a wildly ambitious magazine editor whose world is thrown into chaos when a feminist terrorist organization starts targeting people in her orbit. Sucked into a terrifying news cycle, Kitty can no longer rely on her old-school media power and must instead play a whole new game of master manipulation where rules no longer apply.
She will appear opposite Joy Nash, who was previously cast in the series lead role of Plum Kettle. Plum, an obese woman who is preparing for weight loss surgery, finds her world is upturned by two rival feminist factions. Caught between old ideas and radical new extremes, Plum must decide for herself what it means to be a revolutionary as the “war of the sexes” becomes literal. The series is slated to debut in 2018.
Marti Noxon serves as executive producer and showrunner. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross also serve as executive producers along with Maria Grasso of Tiny Pyro, Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures, and Jackie Hoyt. The series is a co-production between AMC Studios and Skydance Television under its Uncharted label.
“Juliana 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 special human and a rare actor. I can’t wait to start and for the world to get a load of this show. I am also so grateful to AMC and Skydance for supporting us and trusting the ‘Dietland’ team with this provocative, wild story.”
Margulies is best known recently for playing the lead role in the critically-acclaimed CBS series “The Good Wife,” for which she was nominated for six Golden Globe awards, winning one. She was also nominated for four Emmy Awards for the series, again winning one. She also starred in the medical drama “ER,” for which she won an Emmy in 1995.
Here is the book synopsis!
A Best Book of the Year
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“Audacious and gutsy and heartbreaking — Dietland completely blew me away.” — Jennifer WeinerThe diet revolution is here. And it’s armed.
Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. With her job answering fan mail for a teen magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. But when a mysterious woman in colorful tights and combat boots begins following her, Plum falls down a rabbit hole into the world of Calliope House — an underground community of women who reject society’s rules — and is forced to confront the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a guerilla group begins terrorizing a world that mistreats women, and Plum becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.“A giddy revenge fantasy that will shake up your thinking and burrow under your skin” (Entertainment Weekly), Dietland takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight-loss obsession — with fists flying.