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Martha Stewart's reality show kicks off in September

MUMBAI: At an upfront presentation made a few days ago in New York, executives from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO) announced that the first production between Martha Stewart and reality TV guru Mark Burnett will be titled Martha.

It will air from September 2005.

 

As had been reported earlier by Indiantelevision.com the show has been cleared by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution in over 90 Per cent of the US and sold in all top 20 US television markets and 50 of the top 50.

MSO president aand CEO Susan Lynne said, "This is our most ambitious television project to date and we are thrilled with the enthusiastic response from both the advertiser and affiliate community. "No other new daytime show has the bench of resources, breadth of talent and audience awareness. That very passionate connection consumers have with Martha and our lifestyle brand is what distinguishes us as a company. When combined with the cross-platform opportunities we offer, we're confident that Martha will be a draw for advertisers this fall."

Stewart said, "I have always been proud of our 'how-to' television programming -- it has always been informative, inspiring, well researched, beautifully presented and extremely trustworthy.

These elements have consistently engaged and helped our viewers and our goal with this series is to raise the bar even higher. We will still mentor and teach and put strong emphasis on valuable information, but we are excited

about taking a new approach with this series by including a live, participatory audience and guests who will surprise us with their homemaking skills."

 

 

At the upfront presentation US advertisers were introduced to the series'Emmy-winning co-executive producer Rob Dauber, whose credits include The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Dauber explained that Martha's mostly live format and casual, yet classically styled set will allow Martha to interact with her audience, which will appeal to her loyal fan base while introducing her to new viewers.

The set will feature a kitchen island within a versatile swing-set for home segments such as cooking, gardening and crafts. Martha

will combine entertaining field pieces, in-studio segments featuring celebrity guests and human interest segments where Martha can connect with people. The hour-long series will be taped in front of a studio audience at Chelsea Television Studios in New York City.

Upfront attendees were also treated to a preview of a segment in which Martha visits a viewer at her home and helps get dinner on the table. Dauber says, "What will define this show is interactive and informative entertainment. We deliver interesting lifestyle information in a way that is fun, engaging and entertaining. Don't be surprised to see Martha cooking up a storm

with a member of her studio audience or working the local hamburger or hotdog stand.

" We hope that by allowing Martha to participate with her fans in a bigger way viewers will find even more reasons to tune into the series."

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