The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies is wading back into the turbulent waters of series television, tapped for a major role in Marti Noxon's upcoming AMC drama Dietland. Based on the 2015 novel by Sarai Walker, the 10-episode revenge-fantasy drama has Margulies as magazine editor Kitty Montgomery opposite Joy Nash's (Twin Peaks) Plum Kettle in a story that focuses on society's obsession with weight loss and beauty.
Here's how publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt summarizes the novel, giving us some insight into the story:
"The 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. Or mocked. Or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls' magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin.
Then, when a mysterious woman starts following her, Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms. There Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with her past, her doubts, and the real costs of becoming "beautiful." At the same time, a dangerous guerrilla group called "Jennifer" begins to terrorize a world that mistreats women, and as Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive."
Margulies's Kitty finds herself torn between using the situation to her professional (and personal) advantage and being there for those close to her who are being attacked:
"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."
"Juliana is diabolically talented and beautiful, which makes her perfect to play our Kitty. 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 [co-producer] Skydance for supporting us and trusting the Dietland team with this provocative, wild story." – Marti Noxon
Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will serve as executive producers on the series, along with Maria Grasso of Tiny Pyro, Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures and Jacqueline Hoyt.