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Posted on: Friday, March 5, 2010

Domestic diva planning new TV series


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Martha Stewart

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Sarah Palin

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Marie Osmond

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Ever wonder how Martha Stewart might tackle your decorating disaster or party planning nightmare? Some folks will soon get the chance to find out.

Stewart announced yesterday that she and producer Mark Burnett are teaming up for a new television series, "Help Me, Martha." It's being made by Stewart's company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

In the reality series, someone petitions Stewart to help a friend who's having trouble planning a wedding or a special meal or is facing some other lifestyle issue. The doorbell rings and surprise! Stewart and her team are there to take over.

Stewart's company has yet to sell the series to a television network.

PALIN SCOOPS UP CELEBRITY GIFT ITEMS

Sarah Palin showed up at a celebrity gift suite in Los Angeles with two daughters, her brother and a small entourage in tow and loaded up with free cosmetic and fashion items being given away in connection with Oscar-week festivities. But she also left a check for charity, organizers say.

Vendors exhibiting their wares at the Silver Spoon gift suite said the former vice presidential candidate visited the suite Wednesday and snapped up organic soaps from Wembe, personalized stationery from Cardstore.com, leopard-print wedge sandals from Bandals, and a slinky robe from Jenna Leigh lingerie.

A Silver Spoon spokesman said Palin also made an unspecified "sizable contribution" to Red Cross Haitian relief before leaving the suite.

The 46-year-old politician was in town to perform a standup routine on Jay Leno's "Tonight" show.

DONNY & MARIE SHOW RESUMES TUESDAY

Flamingo Las Vegas says the Donny & Marie show will return to its normal performance schedule on Tuesday.

The show took a temporary break after the death of Marie Osmond's 18-year-old son, Michael Blosil. Police have said he jumped to his death from a downtown Los Angeles apartment building.

Flamingo Las Vegas yesterday also announced that there will be five extra show dates from April 13 to 17.

MEMBER OF GOSPEL-MUSIC FAMILY LED SCAM

Regulators said yesterday that a member of the Winans gospel-music family led a fraudulent, multimillion-dollar investment program by promoting bogus Saudi Arabia oil bonds.

Ken Ross of the Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation said Michael Winans Jr. told investors they could double their money in 60 days. Detroit police identified and interviewed at least 180 investors, but state regulators say the actual number is higher.

Winans is a third-generation member of one of gospel music's first families.