Martha If nothing else, the rise and fall and rise of Martha Stewart has given the domestic icon ample opportunity to prove that she has a… Martha If nothing else, the rise and fall and rise of Martha Stewart has given the domestic icon ample opportunity to prove that she has a… 2005-09-12 Talk Shows Syndicated
TV Review

Martha (2005)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Start Date: Sep 12, 2005; Genre: Talk Shows; Network: Syndicated

If nothing else, the rise and fall and rise of Martha Stewart has given the domestic icon ample opportunity to prove that she has a sense of humor, and it's on fine (if shaky) display in her new daily gabfest, Martha. Inaugural guest Marcia Cross, whose Desperate Housewives alter ego Bree is clearly a riff, gamely folded shirts and scrambled eggs under the hostess' watch, but day 2 proved Stewart can do self-deprecating just fine: She, her audience, her guests, and her dogs all sported variations on that now-infamous prison-crocheted poncho. Despite her time in the pokey, her imperiousness still slips through (as when she asked, ''Are there potatoes in Tater Tots?''), and that stilted hurricane confab with a shockingly tolerable Elmo (yes, the Muppet) was plain weird. Overall, though, this is one addictive hour of frosty fun.

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Originally posted Sep 16, 2005 Published in issue #841 Sep 23, 2005 Order article reprints
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