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Julianna Margulies attends the Women’s Media Centre 2017 Awards in New York October 26, 2017. — Reuters picJulianna Margulies attends the Women’s Media Centre 2017 Awards in New York October 26, 2017. — Reuters picLOS ANGELES, Nov 8 — The lead actress from legal drama The Good Wife Julianna Margulies is to co-star in AMC’s Dietland, a dark comedy about weight loss, beauty standards, and the tussle between old and new ideas.

With Joy Nash of Twin Peaks and telenovela spoof Stallions de Amor as its lead, Julianna Margulies is the second name attached to Dietland ahead of a planned 2018 release.

Nash plays Plum Kettle, an overweight woman on the verge of undergoing weight loss surgery, and suddenly caught up in a battle between two feminist factions.

Margulies comes in as Kitty Montgomery, an ambitious magazine editor whose contacts are being targeted by one of these factions, requiring her to master the art of manipulation at a time when her traditional media power means nothing.

Having accrued four Golden Globe nominations and five Primetime Emmy nods (plus a win) during her time as Nurse Carol Hathaway on ensemble hospital drama ER, Julianna Margulies moved to a headlining role in The Good Wife, for which she collected two further Emmys and a Globe.

Dietland represents her first full-series foray back into TV, having appeared as herself in Ali Wentworth’s comedy Nightcap and performing in two feature films: recent psychiatric ward drama Three Christs and 2018 comedy drama The Upside, which premiered at September’s Toronto film festival.

The 10-episode series is based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 debut novel, which channelled some of the sentiments behind 1999 David Fincher film (and Chuck Palahniuk adaptation) Fight Club into a female-oriented storyline.

Like main character Plum, Walker herself wrote for teen and women’s magazines, after which she worked for advocacy and health organisation Our Bodies, Our Selves.

Marti Noxon, who wrote and directed Netflix’s Lily Collins drama To the Bone, both wrote and produced on UnREAL, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Glee, Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

She acts as showrunner for the Dietland series. — AFP-Relaxnews

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