It's perhaps not that much of a shocker, but today the New York Post reports that the daytime television program the Martha Stewart Show will "close at the end of the broadcast season in April." Originally launched in syndication back in September 2005 after domestic diva Martha Stewart was released from jail, the show moved exclusively to the Hallmark Channel in September 2010. Ratings were never especially good after the move, thus the cancellation. Sort of sad because the show won Emmy Awards in 2011 for "Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host" (Martha Stewart) and "Outstanding Lifestyle Program."
The Martha Stewart Show, aka Martha, has been a great place for chefs to show off their techniques and cuisine, in a longer format that's way less rushed than morning news segments. See clips of Christina Tosi, Alain Allegretti, Ryan Farr, The Meatball Shop guys, and Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain for examples. And don't forget the time Rachael Ray came on the show and Martha pronounced Rachael's trademark acronym EVOO "eevoo." Also, Martha baked brownies with Snoop Dogg and went on tipsy date nights.
A source told the Post that "Martha's TV family is planning a lavish Oprah-style send off for the program," so hooray, something to look forward to. The show will likely remain on the air through September, but past April it will be repeats. New shows with Martha "as a make-over specialist" are being pitched to other networks.
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