Looks like Martha Stewart better enroll in a crash course on jailhouse etiquette.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Miriam Goldman Cederbaum ordered Stewart to surrender for prison by Oct. 8, following the lifestyle guru's request last week to begin serving her sentence as soon as possible.
Cederbaum recommended that Stewart serve her sentence at either the minimum-security prison camp in Danbury, Connecticut, or in Coleman, Florida--the two facilities that Stewart had requested.
Stewart indicated that her preference would be the Connecticut facility but acknowledged that the decision was in the hands of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
"I hope there will be room at the minimum-security prison in Danbury, Connecticut, which is nearest to my home and close enough so my 90-year-old mother will be able to visit me--but I may end up elsewhere," she wrote on her Marthatalks.com Website.
Stewart was sentenced on July 16 to five months behind bars, followed by five months of house arrest. She was convicted in March on charges that she lied to the feds during an investigation of a 2001 stock sale.
The homemaking maven had been granted a stay in her sentence while her case was under appeal but elected to waive it in the interest of doing "the right thing for me and for my company," according to a statement on her Website.
"If events unfold as I have been led to believe, I will have this ordeal behind me and be back to work before spring planting season," Stewart wrote. She plans to continue to appeal her case and hopes that her conviction will eventually be overturned.
After Stewart finishes her five months in the slammer, she'll serve the duration of her house arrest on her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York. During that time, Stewart will be allowed to leave the premises for only 48 hours a week--giving her plenty of time to focus on her garden.
Spring planting won't be the only project on the soon-to-be incarcerated domestic diva's slate. On Wednesday, Stewart announced that she had formally inked a deal with reality guru Mark Burnett to reinvent her lifestyles show upon her release from prison.
"Mark and I have forged a bond based on similar creative visions and common respect for strong and distinctive programming," Stewart said in a statement. "I am very pleased to work with him to produce new and useful shows that are pertinent to the audience of today and tomorrow.
"I look forward to collaborating with Mark to evolve our syndicated television program, to bring more of our unique blend of original high-quality, educational and inspirational programming to our loyal viewers and new programming to new audiences in primetime next year."
Burnett said that the show would not deal with Stewart's time behind bars but rather would focus on her homemaking know-how.
"Martha and MSO are pioneers in high-quality 'how-to' television, and I can't wait to collaborate with them to develop the next generation of programming rooted in what they do so well," Burnett said.
"We will explore new ways to communicate that unique combination of teaching, usefulness, quality, style, and impeccable good taste that millions of viewers have enjoyed for over a decade. I look forward to a very productive relationship, starting with 2005."
It was unclear whether Survivor-esque challenges would be incorporated into the mix.
Shares in Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia rose five percent upon initial reports of the Burnett-Stewart collaboration, following an additional rise last week after Stewart announced her intent to begin serving her sentence.
Throughout her ordeal, Stewart has received an outpouring of support from her fans.
"I know you are an incredibly strong, independent and persevering human. This humbling and adverse experience will make you an even stronger person," Stewart supporter Ryan Heckman wrote in an Sept. 16 email posted on Marthatalks.com. "The five months will go by very quickly, and I can assure you that your fans will be waiting for your return!"
Stewart was also a sympathetic subject of Garry Shandling's monologue at the 2004 Emmys Awards on Sunday.
"We missed Osama bin Laden, but we got Martha Stewart," Shandling joked. "Who says we're not a focused country?"