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Published: Fri, August 19, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



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.

Today's birthdays

Actor L.Q. Jones is 78. Actress Debra Paget is 72. Tennis coach Renee Richards is 71. Actress Diana Muldaur is 67. Rock musician Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) is 66. Singer Johnny Nash is 65. Actress Jill St. John is 65. Actor and former U-S senator Fred Thompson is 63. Singer Billy J. Kramer is 62. Country singer-songwriter Eddy Raven is 61. Rock singer Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) is 60. Former President Clinton is 59. Tipper Gore, wife of former Vice President Al Gore, is 57. Actor Gerald McRaney is 57. Rock musician John Deacon (Queen) is 54. Actor Jonathan Frakes is 53. Actor Peter Gallagher is 50. Actor Adam Arkin is 49. Singer-songwriter Gary Chapman is 48. Actor Martin Donovan is 48. Actor Eric Lutes is 43. Actor John Stamos is 42. Actress Kyra Sedgwick is 40. Actor Kevin Dillon is 40. Country singer Lee Ann Womack is 39. TV reporter Tabitha Soren is 38. Country singer-songwriter Mark McGuinn is 37. Actor Matthew Perry is 36. Country singer Clay Walker is 36. Rapper Fat Joe is 35. Tennis player Mary Joe Fernandez is 34. Actress Erika Christensen is 23. Actor J. Evan Bonifant is 20. Rapper Lil' Romeo is 16.




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