- The Washington Times - Monday, June 21, 2004

Martha moves on

Martha Stewart’s television empire has found new life on the Style Network.

The decorating diva, who could face jail time after being found guilty of lying to investigators about a suspicious stock sale, soon will be joining the cable network’s battery of style experts.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. also revealed last week that it will create four newly repackaged wedding specials for the Style Network.

The multiyear licensing agreement means the Emmy-winning “Martha Stewart Living” will soon air in prime time.

The Style Network is part of E! Networks and can be seen in 36 million households.

Rapper sees red

One of the stars of Fox’s new hip-hop comedy is grousing that the show isn’t “ghetto” enough for his tastes.

Method Man, who plays a fictionalized version of himself on “Method & Red,” told Associated Press he’s unhappy with Fox for tinkering with the show.

“This is frustrating for me, and it’s not turning out for me as expected,” the rapper-actor told AP.

Welcome to life in network television.

“Method & Red,” which follows two affluent rappers who move into a predominantly white neighborhood, airs Wednesday evenings at 9:30 on Fox.

Method Man, the show’s co-star and executive producer, says the sitcom can straddle the line between “ghetto” and “intelligent.”

“But it’s not going that way,” he says.

The comedy drew more than 8 million viewers in its debut Wednesday, but that didn’t minimize Method Man’s dissatisfaction. He told the Los Angeles Times the series has veered from his original vision because some executives or writers tried too hard to appeal to “Middle America” with “lame jokes.”

“I know what I wanted this show to be, but there’s been too much compromise on our side and not enough on their side,” says the rapper, who also mentions that he had to bend on including a laugh track as part of the presentation.

Fox executives declined comment.

Redgrave’s ‘Tuck’

Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave begins a three-episode arc tonight on “Nip/Tuck,” the bold FX series that is kicking off its second season.

Miss Redgrave will play the mother of her real-life daughter, Joely Richardson.

The show’s new season finds the two Miami plastic surgeons (Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon) coming to grips with turning 40.

Like fellow FX series “The Shield,” “Nip/Tuck” gleefully pushes the proverbial envelope with its depictions of sexuality, language and, in its most gruesome moments, the inner workings of the operating room.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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