Martha Fades to Black

With the star likely to be serving jail time, Stewart's TV show will be on hiatus next season -- and perhaps beyond

Martha Stewart's once-ubiquitous TV show will retreat from the airwaves next season, offering further proof that the media side of her empire may have a tough time surviving without its founder at the helm. Of course, the May 18 announcement that her syndicated daily show is going on "hiatus" for the 2004-05 season is somewhat akin to canceling a wedding because the bride is out of town. It's likely that Stewart will be behind bars for a good portion of next year's TV season.

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