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4/17/2005 08:00:00 PM Eastern
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Robinson Keeps Her Access

Judge Turns Stewart Down

Nice Weather, Bad Ratings

Robinson Keeps Her Access

Shaun Robinson, co-anchor of the weekend edition of Access Hollywood, has signed a multiyear deal to stay with the magazine show. She also works as a correspondent for the daily version of the entertainment magazine, which is distributed by NBC Universal.

Judge Turns Stewart Down

Martha Stewart's bid to end her five months of house arrest was rejected last week when U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum declared her punishment “reasonable and appropriate.”

The judge also rejected the domestic diva's request to raise the number of hours she is allowed to be out of the house from 48 to 80 per week.

Stewart argued that the restrictions were hurting business, including the development of a syndicated talk show and a new version of NBC's The Apprentice.

Federal prosecutors, who convicted Stewart on obstruction of justice charges for lying about a stock trade, had countered that “minor inconvenience to one's ability to star in a television show is an insufficient ground for resentencing.”

Nice Weather, Bad Ratings

Nice spring weather is bad for daytime TV. Ratings of many daytime shows softened in the week ended April 3, as good weather kept viewers outdoors. The Oprah Winfrey Show and Live With Regis and Kelly were the only two veteran daytime shows to improve from the previous week, Oprah gaining 11% to a 7.3 household rating and Live gaining 6% to a 3.6.

 

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