Martha Stewart Plans Her TV Comeback
Burnett, described as a "good friend" of Stewart's, confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that he will update her now-canceled Martha Stewart Living TV program. "We will explore new ways to communicate that unique combination of teaching, usefulness, quality, style and impeccable taste that millions of viewers have enjoyed for over a decade," Burnett said. Though it will be a reality show, it won't focus on her prison time, he told New York's Daily News.
"Mark and I have forged a bond based on similar creative visions and common respect for strong and distinctive programming," Stewart noted in the statement.
Before she can begin production on her show, Stewart will have to serve her five-month sentence for lying to federal investigators about a stock trade.
On Tuesday, Judge Miriam Cedarbaum ordered Stewart to surrender by 2 p.m. Oct. 8 and recommended that U.S. officials send her to a prison camp in Danbury, Conn., or Coleman, Fla. (Stewart will receive 72 hours notice of where she will serve her time, her legal team told PEOPLE.) Stewart will then be under house arrest for an additional five months.
In a press conference last week, Stewart spoke about her desire to "put this nightmare behind me" and be released in time to plant her spring garden.
"I want to reclaim my good life," she said. "I must return to my good works and allow those around me to do the same."