New York, NY – March 29, 2018 – AMC today announced that Campbell Scott, Tamara Tunie, Alanna Ubach, Kelly Hu, Marc Blucas, Ami Sheth and Jen Ponton have joined the new AMC original series “Dietland,” from Marti Noxon. Filmed on location in New York City, the 10-episode series will premiere on AMC with two back-to-back episodes on Monday, June 4 at 9:00pm ET/PT.
Campbell Scott (“House of Cards”) plays Stanley Austen, a one-time industry titan whose influence and clout as the head of the Austen Media empire is threatened by a group of anonymous female terrorists. He is represented by Sarah Fargo of Paradigm Talent Agency.
Tamara Tunie (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) plays Julia Clark, the wry, fast-talking keeper of Austen Media’s beauty closet. She is as good at keeping secrets as she is at hiding blemishes. She is represented by Jamie Hughes of Paradigm Talent Agency.
Alanna Ubach (“Girlfriends Guide To Divorce”) plays Marlowe Buchanan, a former famous sitcom star who lost her job when she returned from hiatus with a few extra pounds and her signature hair style lopped off. A fierce feminist activist and earth mother, she is one of Verena Baptist’s acolytes, and the author of Bangability Theory, a book about the sexualization of women. She is represented by Jennifer Craig of The Gersh Agency.
Kelly Hu (“Arrow”) is Abra Austen, Stanley’s wife. She is well-educated, well-mannered but a teensy bit bored and resentful of being considered Stanley’s trophy wife. She is represented by Sheree Cohen of Buchwald.
Marc Blucas (“Underground”) joins as Bobby, a New York City cop who is also Dominic’s ex-partner and friend. He is represented by Jamie Hughes of Paradigm Talent Agency.
Ami Sheth (“Blindspot”) is Sana, an artist and acolyte of Verena Baptist (Robin Weigert). Serene despite her shockingly disfigured face, she is a model of self-acceptance for Plum Kettle (Joy Nash), who begins to understand that peace starts within and that inner peace is essential if you have to go to war. She is represented by Jaime Misher at Innovative Artists Agency.
Jen Ponton (“30 Rock”) is Rubi, a resident at Calliope House. She is colorful, exuberant and very opinionated. She is represented by Dustin Flores and Madison Roberts of The Mine.
“Dietland” is about one woman’s journey to self-awakening while exploring a multitude of issues faced by women today – including patriarchy, misogyny, rape culture and unrealistic beauty standards. Based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 best-selling, critically acclaimed novel of the same name, “Dietland” stars Joy Nash (“The Mindy Project,” “Twin Peaks”) as lead Plum Kettle, and Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winner Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife,” “ER”) as Kitty Montgomery. Noxon (“Mad Men,” “UnREAL”) serves as executive producer, writer, showrunner and directs multiple episodes on the series. Joining Nash and Margulies are series regulars Robin Weigert (“Big Little Lies”) as Verena Baptist, Adam Rothenberg (“Ripper Street”) as NYPD detective Dominic, Tunie as Julia, Erin Darke (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) as Leeta, Rowena King (“Shut Eye”) as newscaster Cheryl Crane-Murphy, Will Seefried (“The Deuce”) as Ben and newcomers Ricardo Davila as Kitty’s assistant Eladio and Tramel Tillman as Plum’s best friend Steven.
“Dietland” follows Plum Kettle, ghost-writer for the editor of one of New York’s hottest fashion magazines, as she struggles with self-image and sets out on a wildly complicated road to self-acceptance. At the same time, everyone is buzzing over news reports about men, accused of sexual abuse and assault, who are disappearing and meeting untimely, violent deaths.
“Dietland” is a co-production between Skydance Television, where Noxon’s Tiny Pyro shingle has an overall deal, and AMC Studios. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross are executive producers, along with Maria Grasso of Tiny Pyro, Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures and Jacqueline Hoyt. Susie Fitzgerald and Ben Davis are executives in charge of production for AMC.
AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series with “Mad Men” in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before “Breaking Bad” won it in 2013 and 2014. The network’s series “The Walking Dead” is the highest-rated series in cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last five years. AMC’s other current original drama series include “Better Call Saul,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands,” “Humans,” “Preacher,” “The Son,” “McMafia” and the forthcoming “Dietland,” “The Terror,” and “Lodge 49.” AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like “Talking Dead,” “Talking With Chris Hardwick,” “Comic Book Men” and “Ride with Norman Reedus.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.