AMC has ordered Unapologetic with Aisha Tyler, a companion talk show to its upcoming series Dietland set for premiere next month. Produced by Embassy Row (Talking Dead, Beyond Stranger Things, Watch What Happens Live), the unscripted series hosted by Tyler (Criminal Minds, Archer) will air on Monday, June 4 at 11 PM after two back-to-back episodes of Dietland, and will then move to its regular weekly timeslot of 10 pm ET the following week.
Unlike a conventional after show confined to the companion series itself, AMC says Unapologetic will feature Tyler leading a topical discussion around the broader, female-centric issues and themes that Dietland explores. She’ll talk with celebrity fans, series actors and producers, as well as relevant journalists, writers and comedians. Embassy Row’s Michael Davies and Amanda McPhillips serve as executive producers.
“Dietland is an incredibly well-timed series that focuses on a multitude of critical issues facing women today. We know Dietland will be a launchpad for conversation and this companion series makes room for these important discussions to happen,” said David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “We couldn’t be happier to have the extraordinarily smart and talented Aisha Tyler leading the conversation for this series, which will be topical, issue-oriented, unfiltered and funny, just like its scripted sibling.”
“The issues of identity, sexuality, body image and self-actualization raised in Dietland are more urgent than ever. Our dynamic, rapidly evolving cultural climate demands a frank, no-holds-barred exchange about the ideas and questions raised by the book and series, and the real-world events and issues women face every day. I’m looking forward to expanding the #metoo conversation in funny, honest and engaging ways. It’s about time,” said Tyler.
Starring Joy Nash and Julianna Margulies, the 10-episode satire from Marti Noxon (UnReal) follows Plum Kettle (Nash), a ghost-writer for the editor of one of New York’s hottest fashion magazines. Struggling with self-image and fed up with how she’s treated by her boss and society, Plum sets out on a wildly complicated road to self-awakening. 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. Plum also finds herself in the middle of two warring factions—one sisterhood who may be responsible for the attacks on male harassers, and the other which preaches female empowerment. She straddles these two groups, trying to make sense of the changing world and her part in it.
Based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 bestseller, the series will touch on hot-button issues facing women such as patriarchy, misogyny, rape culture and unrealistic beauty standards.
Noxon serves as executive producer, writer, showrunner and directs multiple episodes on the series.