TCA17: AMC Announces Development Slate

Network, Marti Noxon team for ‘Dietland’ series
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Beverly Hills, Calif.--AMC announced several scripts to series projects as part of a robust development slate, the network announced Saturday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

AMC also announced it will once again team with Marti Noxon to develop a new drama series Dietland, based on the book of the same name by Sarai Walker that deals with obesity in a beauty obsessed world. Noxon was a consulting producer for AMC’s Mad Men and currently serves as executive producer for Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce and Lifetime’s UnReal.

“AMC not only wanted it but they’ve been incredible partners,” Noxon said during the session. “The show seems very timely.”

Projects being developed for the network include: Untitled Rainn Wilson Project, a one-hour scripted series that follows an alien entity which takes over the body of a poly-addicted, middle-aged man living in the San Fernando Valley; Shock Theatre, an anthology wherein each episode will be a brand-new sci-fi horror tale in the style of the B-movie classics executive produced by Greg Nicotero (Fear The Walking Dead); and Underbelly, which takes a deep dive into the dark side of pop culture. 

Other series include In The Middle Of The Street, in which a family in fading West Philadelphia must confront old secrets in order to face the challenges of their present; Liking What You See, which follows residents of a community set in a beauty-obsessed future that have voluntarily adopted a reversible, non-invasive procedure that eliminates their ability to perceive beauty; The Age Of Miracles, which follows a young women’s world turned upside down when the earth inexplicably slows down, causing people to fall sick to a mysterious new illness; Ballad Of Black Tom, which follows a street musician who opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and becomes caught up in a conspiracy to conjure the destruction of the world; and Wicked West, a non-fiction series that uncover the most frightening and disturbing tales from the Wild West.

“We are at our best when we bet on and support exceptional talent and this diverse development slate, from exceptional creators with distinct points of view, includes multiple projects from longstanding and successful AMC partners,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios in a statement. “Our deep pipeline of projects embodies our ‘eclectic by design,’ quality programming approach and our ‘scripts-to-series’ development model that puts the emphasis on the most important part of our strategy – outstanding writing, a commitment to worlds you’ve never seen on TV before, and rich character development.”