Hallmark To Ring In 2011 With New MSLO Series

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Hallmark Channel is adding four new programs from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to its lineup, starting in January.

The announcements were made by Bill Abbott, president and CEO, Hallmark Channels, and Charles Koppelman; executive chairman, MSLO.

The new series include: Stewart's first baking series Martha Bakes, scheduled for 13 episodes that begin with a single recipe and explore variations to make multiple dishes within each half hour; the hour-long primetime special Martha Stewart Presents: The Men Who Make Us Laugh, featuring Stewart interviewing three comedians about their inspirations and balancing their personal and professional lives; the half-hour series Petkeeping with Marc Morrone, about people seeking advice from pet guru Marc Morrone and a team of animal experts on a different theme each episode; and late-night talk show Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer, to air Saturdays at 11 p.m., when hosts Alexis Stewart and Jennifer Koppelman Hutt will comment on the day's headlines and interview guests in front of a live studio audience.

Elsewhere, Hallmark has picked up 26 new episodes of Whatever, Martha!, featuring the Sirius radio hosts commenting on old episodes of Martha Stewart Living, to follow Saturdays at 12 a.m.

The network has also ordered an additional 80 episodes of Mad Hungry With Lucinda Scala Quinn, which airs weekdays at 11 a.m.

Hallmark will also serve up a pair or primetime specials from MSLO on Dec. 6: with Martha Stewart's Holiday Open House, featuring Jennifer Garner and Claire Danes, premiering at 8 p.m. (ET), followed at 9 p.m. by Mad Hungry For the Holidays, hosted by Scala Quinn.