In this platinum age of television industry experts struggle with how to categorize shows. Is a program automatically a comedy because it is a half hour, a drama when it logs in at an hour? What about programs that defy labels? AMC’s Dietland is one of those series. Refusing to be pigeonholed is precisely what the show is about. There’s fantasy, darkness and animation, an admittedly strange mix, but in executive producer Marti Noxon’s extraordinarily capable hands it comes together. A welcome antidote to regressive nonsense like The Bachelor, it’s logical to think of Dietland as a result of the #MeToo era. Yet, Noxon optioned Sarai Walker’s novel before the movement ignited.
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