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Around the remote: ‘Dietland’ explores issues facing today’s women

The Backstreet Boys are set to perform at the CMT Awards, airing at 8 p.m. Wednesday. (Amy Harris / File/Associated Press)
The Backstreet Boys are set to perform at the CMT Awards, airing at 8 p.m. Wednesday. (Amy Harris / File/Associated Press)
By Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

DON’T MISS: “Dietland” – Based on the celebrated novel by Sarai Walker, this darkly comedic series follows Plum Kettle (Joy Nash), who ghostwrites an advice column for a vain editor (Julianna Margulies) at one of New York’s hottest fashion magazines. Struggling with her self-image and fed up with how she’s treated by society, Plum sets out on a wildly complicated road to personal fulfillment. Equal parts revenge fantasy and heartfelt tale of self-discovery, “Dietland” explores a host of issues faced by today’s women, including patriarchy, misogyny, rape culture and unrealistic beauty standards. (9 p.m. Monday, AMC).

Other bets

SUNDAY: The new dance musical series “Pose” whisks viewers back to Reagan-era New York and into the ball culture world. The show, from prolific producer Ryan Murphy, features the largest cast of recurring LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series. (9 p.m., FX).

SUNDAY: “Succession,” a new 10-episode drama, follows the fictional (and supremely dysfunctional) Roy family, which controls a massive media and entertainment conglomerate. The series tracks them as they contemplate what the future holds will hold once their aging father begins to step back from the company. (10 p.m., HBO).

MONDAY: It’s time to bust a few more moves. “So You Think You Can Dance” – not to be confused with “World of Dance” or “Dancing With the Stars” – opens its 15th season with standouts in contemporary, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. (8 p.m., Fox).

TUESDAY: As the eerie sci-fi drama “Humans” returns, it’s one year after the release of the consciousness code. A decimated and oppressed Synth population fights to survive in a world that hates and fears them. (10 p.m., AMC).

TUESDAY: Sutton Foster is back for Season 5 of “Younger.” Her age-defying character, Liza, returns to Empirical hoping to resume business as usual. But Charles announces a new project that prompts several unsettling revelations. (10 p.m., TV Land).

WEDNESDAY: Members of Little Big Town are our hosts for the “2018 CMT Music Awards” airing from Nashville. The performance list includes, among others, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan and yes, the Backstreet Boys. (8 p.m., CMT).

WEDNESDAY: The new drama thriller “Condor” is a contemporary adaptation of the 1974 novel “Six Days of the Condor.” It follows a young CIA analyst (Max Irons) who stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions. (10 p.m., Audience Network).

THURSDAY: “The Four: Battle for Stardom” launches its second season as four “vocal gladiators” try to defend their coveted seats in the singing competition. Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor return to the judges panel. (8 p.m., Fox).

FRIDAY: After an abrupt cancellation that left its fans ticked off, “Sense8” returns with an emotional two-hour series finale. It wraps up the stories of eight very different people who have been plunged into the middle of each other’s tragedies and triumphs. (Netflix).

SATURDAY: Millions of visitors to The Dodo website have shed tears as they watch heartwarming videos of people coming to the aid of needy critters. Now, the site expands into TV with “Dodo Heroes.” Our advice: Keep the tissues handy. (9 p.m., Animal Planet).

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