AMC is adding a new drama series and a documentary banner to its roster for 2018.

The cable channel has picked up a scripted series called “Dietland” from executive producer Marti Noxon. It’s also launching a documentary franchise called “AMC Visionaries” that will examine the history of several aspects of popular culture.

“Dietland” is based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 novel of the same name. It centers on a woman who writes an advice column for a teen magazine and is recruited to an underground group of women trying to subvert mainstream beauty culture.

“This series, populated by unforgettable characters and unique storytelling approaches, will focus a wickedly entertaining lens on issues as diverse and divisive as dieting, dating, beauty and the many societal expectations that continue to dominate our culture and consciousness,” AMC president Charlie Collier says in a statement.

Noxon (“UnReal,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Mad Men”) will serve as showrunner. There’s no cast yet for the 10-episode run; it’s due to air sometime next year.

“AMC Visionaries” will explore various aspects of pop culture, ranging from horror movies to martial arts, over multi-episode runs. Previously announced docu-series “Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics” and “James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction” will fall under the “Visionaries” banner as well.

Two new “Visionaries” projects will also air in 2018: “Eli Roth’s History of Horor” and “Rap Yearbook,” executive produced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of the Roots along with Alex Gibney (“The Jinx”). Future projects will cover video games, the internet and martial arts.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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