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OFFBEAT: Reader looking for Martha Stewart, gets Julia Child bonus

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2012-11-22T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Reader looking for Martha Stewart, gets Julia Child bonusPhilip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

Times reader Patricia Hineline of Chesterton says having Martha Stewart in her home for the holidays used to be as easy a just "pushing a button" on her TV remote control.

But this season, she's been having some trouble finding her favorite lady with all the holiday entertaining tips.

"I enjoy reading your columns each day and know that you have written about and interviewed Martha Stewart," Hineline said during a voicemail message on my desk phone.

"I've enjoyed Martha Stewart and her TV shows for years, most recently, with her series on cable's Hallmark Channel network. But now, I can't find her anymore, and I know she's no longer with Hallmark. I now no longer pay for cable. Can you help me find Martha again? And even though I haven't ever met you, I know you've mentioned your mother Peggy is originally from Wheatfield, Ind., which is where I am also originally from. I know your mom's twin sister Patty, and also lived near their brothers, your uncles, Sonny and Junior. I hope you can help answer my questions in time for holiday planning. Thank you Phil! Patricia Hineline."

I'm thankful for your faithful reader question, Patricia, and I have good news for you.

After five successful years airing her show as a weekday syndicated series distributed by NBC Universal, Stewart opted to move her show to the Hallmark Channel in September 2010, where it had a home for two years until not being renewed after the contract ended in September 2012. Her time slot on Hallmark was given to Marie Osmond to launch her new daytime talk show.

However, Stewart decided to return to the broadcasting home where she first began so many years ago. So Patricia, even without having cable, I'm glad to report you can now find Martha on your local PBS station.

"Martha Stewart's Cooking School," her new, weekly 30-minute program, debuted this fall on PBS stations across the US according to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

"PBS is the perfect home for this series. We'll show viewers how to prepare classic dishes as well as how to use proper techniques. This new series combines so many of my passions: teaching and encouraging others," Stewart said in the statement.

"We will break down classic recipes for home cooks and inspire them to add their unique twist. I'm excited to get into the kitchen and connect with audiences across the nation."

I contacted Carrie Kuck, program manager, for Lakeshore Public Television based in Merrillville, and she confirmed you can find Martha's show airing at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, with the exception of during pledge drives, such as on Thanksgiving morning.

And you'll also be pleased to know that Martha's TV inspiration, the legendary Julia Child lives on with PBS programming. On Black Friday, if you're out shopping, you can record a great two-hour special called "Julia Child Memories-Bon Appetit!" airing at 10:30 a.m. Beginning Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m. Fridays, you can begin enjoying "Baking with Julia" each week.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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