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The Martha Stewart Show: Cancelled, No Season Eight

martha stewart show  canceledEven Martha would agree that this latest news isn’t “a good thing.” The Martha Stewart Show has been cancelled after seven seasons on the air.

Hallmark Channel has opted not to renew the daytime show due to high production costs and low ratings. Martha averages only about 225,000 viewers.

On the positive side, The Martha Stewart Show will remain in production and new episodes will continue through April. Stewart and her staff are planning a lavish series finale which will air in May. Reruns will continue to air for the remainder of the season, through the summer months.

Distributed by NBC Universal Domestic Television, The Martha Stewart Show debuted in first-run syndication on September 11, 2005. The series moved to Hallmark in the fall of 2010 as part of an overall deal that included a commitment from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) to produce original new series and specials to compliment Martha and the rest of the cable channel’s lineup.

Hallmark initially scheduled an eight-hour block of Stewart programming but the ratings were poor so it was quickly scaled back to five hours.

The cancellation news was first reported by the NY Post. In response, MSLO’s Lisa Gersh told employees via email that the company will continue to do business with Hallmark, “we are currently exploring programming concepts for Martha Stewart and other MSLO brands beyond this fall.”

At December’s UBS investor conference, Gersh said, “Our expensive studio lease is expiring next year, and we will either bring television in-house or find lower cost space, which will significantly reduce our TV operating margins.”

The fate of Hallmark’s other MSLO-produced shows is still up in the air — including Emeril’s Table, hosted by Emeril Lagasse.

What do you think? Are you sorry that Stewart’s show has been cancelled? Did you follow it to Hallmark?

 

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Suzy September 4, 2013 at 12:06 am

Really, bad move Hallmark! Everybody knows
Martha made the Hoildays Great. The “Family, Home Imp Show”
Is cheap & boring. Does that show have anyviers???
Why bother putting anythiung on.
You could at least show reruns of the MS show to get your
Viewers through the Hoildays. I think people did
Not know MS was on the Hallmark Channel.
I know I would love to have her back!!!!
Suzy age 36
homemaker, mother of 2
NC

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Kim March 19, 2013 at 7:22 am

I loved her show and am very dissapointed that its now cancelled. If you aired the show when women could watch (most of us work), their would have been more viewers! Please bring it back!!!

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Joyce Bilodeau February 13, 2013 at 12:19 am

I think its terrible that we do not get the Martha Stewart show anymore! I watched it all the time and I especially loved it when she would have the winning dog on after the westminster show! Its too bad we have to put up with such crap instead. Iwont be watching anything on Hall mark anymore….

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veronica dizard January 27, 2013 at 10:53 am

what were you thinking hallmark! bring back Martha. home and family is boring it is not worth watching. there is only one Martha Stewart!!

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Connie Davis December 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm

The Holidays weren’t the same without Martha Stewart. “Home and Family” is SOOOOO boring! Please bring Martha back!

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barbara ludwig November 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I AM FURIOUS with hallmark! what were they thinking! with all the imoral garbage on t.v. ,Martha’s show was great. I have learned so much from her. I still go to her website for reciepes and how to do things. There is’nt another show like hers and all the people she has discovered..We missed Emeril when he left Food network and was so glad to have found him with Martha. Televison keeps taking off the good shows and leaving us garbage. I have tried to watch what they have replaced Martha with, and end up switching the channel. Hallmark is going to loose alot of veiwers if they don’t bring back Martha,Lucenda and Emeril.

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