It's a good thing that NBC has found someone to play Martha Stewart in its upcoming TV movie about the domestic diva. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cybill Shepherd will play the beleaguered businesswoman in ''Martha Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart,'' based on last year's book ''Martha Inc.: The Incredible Story of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia'' by Christopher Byron.
Shepherd, a three-time Golden Globe winner for ''Moonlighting'' and ''Cybill,'' is coming off her most recent TV gig, as host of daytime talk show ''Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.'' Now she'll play a woman from Connecticut in the NBC film, which will mostly trace Stewart's rise to self-made zillionaire, as well as touching on her current travails as she's being investigated for alleged insider trading. (Stewart has denied any wrongdoing and has yet to be charged with a crime.)
Producer Howard Braunstein, who was behind recent TV biopics of Gilda Radner and Rosa Parks, tells the Reporter that Shepherd's Stewart will resonate with viewers because, ''as someone who created a multibillion-dollar business from whole cloth, Martha Stewart embodies the American dream.'' Whole cloth that she wove herself, from linen strands she made from flax harvested in her own garden.