Martha, a sense of humor?New show will show it
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart's new syndicated daytime television series, "Martha," which premieres Sept. 12, promises to show the home-and-hearth marketing queen's sense of humor. "As soon as I spent time with Martha, I knew that her witty and engaging humor would surprise and entertain viewers," executive producer Mark Burnett said in a statement released Tuesday by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. "Our new daytime show does just that," he said. "It's in front of a live studio audience. It's energetic, it's fun. It works." Cooking, crafts, collecting, gardening and home design will be featured components of the hour-long show, which will originate from Stewart's new studio in the Chelsea Television Studios. Stewart will hit the road in segments such as "What's Really for Dinner," in which she surprises a viewer by visiting her home and helping cook a meal. "I am very excited about working with a live audience for the first time and relish the idea of hosting a series that is a one-stop destination for all things how-to," Stewart said. The 64-year-old lifestyle guru also will star in the reality show, "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart," which premieres Sept. 21 on NBC.
'Desperate' star injured
PASADENA, Calif. -- "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria was injured during a taping of the hit ABC comedy and was taken to a hospital for treatment, a spokesperson for the show said.
Longoria, 30, was "bumped on the head by something" while shooting on location Wednesday, the spokesperson said. She was released from the hospital and is expected to return to work on schedule. "Access Hollywood" reported that Longoria was injured when a pole fell on her. Longoria plays former runway model Gabrielle Solis on "Desperate Housewives," a dark satire about life in suburbia. The show recently received 15 Emmy nominations from the Academy of Television Arts & amp; Sciences.
Cohen sues ex-manager,saying she took $5 million
LOS ANGELES -- Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen is suing his former business manager, alleging she siphoned $5 million from his personal savings and investments while he spent time in a Buddhist monastery. Cohen, best known for introspective songs such as "Bird on a Wire" and "Suzanne," filed the lawsuit this week in Los Angeles Superior Court. In it, he alleges that Kelley Lynch took millions from his accounts between 1994 and 1999 while Cohen was living at the Mount Baldy Zen Center in Los Angeles. Lynch couldn't be reached to comment Wednesday. The amount Cohen says was taken was far greater than the 15-percent management compensation to which Lynch was entitled, according to the lawsuit. Cohen, 70, had planned to live on his savings in retirement, according to the legal action, and he had stopped touring and making new songs while at the monastery. Cohen discovered Lynch's activities when an informant approached his daughter in October 2004, the lawsuit says. He investigated and fired Lynch a short time later. She had worked for him for 17 years.
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