Martha: Will Third TV Show to Be the Charm?

Martha: Will Third TV Show to Be the Charm?

10/03/2005 AT 08:00 AM EDT

Despite the less-than-encouraging ratings for her primetime The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and good but not overwhelming numbers for her syndicated show Martha, the domestic diva is at work on a third TV program, she has announced.

Stewart's company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, purchased a 125-year-old house in Norwalk, Conn., last month that will be featured in a new, as-yet-untitled, 13-part home-improvement show for next year.

The company bought the house, a 2,500-sq.-ft., white antique Colonial built about 1880, for $700,000, according to City Hall records, the Associated Press reports. The intent is to have six women coming off welfare programs, recovering from bankruptcy or getting out of drug rehabilitation working with mentors chosen by the Martha Stewart Living staff as they renovate the residence.

"Our new home improvement series will inspire and inform, while mentoring and teaching valuable life skills, from repairing brickwork, laying flooring, painting rooms and installing a functional and lovely kitchen," Stewart, 64, said in a statement.

In other TV news involving Stewart, NBC has announced changes to its Wednesday schedule, flipping the drama E-Ring, starring Benjamin Bratt, to the 8 p.m. timeslot currently occupied by Stewart's Apprentice. The move will land her reality show in the 9 p.m. slot – pitting it directly against the ABC hit Lost.

Such a move could conceivably make it even tougher for Stewart's Apprentice, which continues to suffer in the ratings.

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