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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am

Ever wondered what it’s like to spend all day in a house? Deborah Norville is going to find out:

Deborah Norville will anchor Monday’s program of “Inside Edition” from her home on Long Island, N.Y., to try to give viewers a taste of what Martha Stewart’s home confinement is like.

Over a 24-hour period, Norville will keep a record of everything she does and report on what the experience is like, the show said.

Pray for her. That 3pm-5pm stretch—when you’re maybe a little sleepy and want to take a nap, but the phone rings a couple of times—is a killer.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/06/2005 at 10:40 AM
    1. I guess Deborah Norville’s never had a kid down with the stomach flu.

      Posted by Sonetka’s Mom on 03/06 at 11:01 AM • permalink


    1. If there are any booze home delivery services then I could watch cable tv, read blogs, and order food to be delivered. Not too bad. But I don’t have a private jet and a 7 figure portfolio so the bills might have to wait.

      Posted by bc on 03/06 at 11:14 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, the humanity!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 03/06 at 11:24 AM • permalink


    1. Stewart’s compound in Bedford, New York, is a post-menopausal Neverland Ranch.  Poor Martha- only allowed to spend 48 hours a week off the property to work, which sounds like a normal workweek, plus more time to go to town and shop.

      One wonders if Deborah Norville will be able to truly convey the bleakness of Martha’s home incarceration.

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 03/06 at 11:39 AM • permalink


    1. One hopes that Ms. Norville will also have the requisite cook and housekeeper so that she can truly recreate Ms. Stewart’s incarceration.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 03/06 at 12:31 PM • permalink


    1. The woman’s movement began that way.  To quote R Emmett Tyrell on Betty Friedan :

      The movement was born amid the sounds of the morning wash being automatically battered and dried in the laundry rooms of suburbia.  The last crumbs of breakfast had been lugged away, the coffee was poured, and a scowling Miss Betty Friedan sat with the most awesome circle of women ever gathered under the roof of a modern ranch-type house.  Together they deliberated, as rage feathered the linings of their bowels.  The whole day yawned before them.  Soon it would be back and forth, baack and forth to the powder room.  Coffee and housework can have that effect.  These brave women were trapped with a vast expanse of desolate hours stretching out to that remote time when the kids returned from school and the idiot traipsed in with his evening paper.  It was insanity, and still the infernal washing machine kept vibrating in the background.

      It could happen again on TV!

      Tyrell doesn’t write like that anymore.  Now he gets his own coffee.  Laugh while you may.

      Posted by rhhardin on 03/06 at 12:57 PM • permalink


    1. I guess seeing how Martha Sterwart treats the help would be repellent to the audience, so they’re going for a sort-of Martha Stewart-lite.

      (Here’s a current link to the piece)

      Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 03/06 at 02:56 PM • permalink


    1. Link is dead.

      That being said, she never heard of just spending an afternoon reading a good book. You can eat up a lot of time that way. Don’t get me started on blogs.

      Posted by Sonetka on 03/06 at 05:48 PM • permalink


    1. You got to realize, for the poor Limo Liberal, that is a horrible fate.  No lunches at trendy cafe’s.  No visits to new galleries.  No driving your SUV to the “Save the Earth” rally.

      I feel for these people.

      Posted by Mr. Blue on 03/06 at 05:54 PM • permalink


    1. I never leave the house anyway.

      Man, if this is the time I’ma gonna start doin’ some crimes!

      Posted by Sortelli on 03/06 at 07:39 PM • permalink


    1. For poor working slobs who do everything ourselves (no nannies, maids, gardeners, cooks, etc.) being sentenced to spend time in the house could give us a chance to catch up on all the ‘little’ things we just never have time to do. I’d LOVE to try it.

      It would be hard, at first, because we’re all used to leading such fast paced lives with lists of things outside the home to get accomplished each day. But if you were FORCED to limit your outside activity, your to-do list could contain chores around the house you haven’t been able to get to in years.

      I wouldn’t need a TV celebrity telling me how to manage my time in the house. I’d do fine all by myself. Perhaps I’d even manage to schedule some reading, or other relaxing activities I don’t normally have that much time for.

      Posted by CJosephson on 03/06 at 07:43 PM • permalink


    1. So she’s supposed to be staying home for 24 hours?

      Too bad someone couldn’t arrange for it to be a couple of weeks.  American viewers would be grateful.

      Posted by Old Grouch on 03/06 at 10:05 PM • permalink


    1. Somehow this seems to tie nicely with that woman carping about LGF and Instapundit a few threads down. One can’t seem to appreciate any writing that doesn’t come with a fully-formed opinion for her to object to, and here one who can’t seem to figure out how people are actually able to pass time at home without going insane. The utter lack of self-sufficiency in both of them is quite stunning.

      No wonder lefties cling to the idea of the collective.

      Posted by PW on 03/06 at 11:35 PM • permalink


    1. “At Home With The Gnawvilles”.
      Could catch on.

      Posted by blogstrop on 03/07 at 05:32 AM • permalink


  1. Another pleasant valley Sunday…
    Charcoal burning everywhere
    Rows of houses that look all the same
    And no-one seems to care…

    So, Deb Norville gets to telecommute – the Holy Grail of thousands of frustrated cube-dwellers in Corporateville – and we’re supposed to applaud her bravery?

    Two questions:  1. How on earth did her editors not laugh this idea out of the building, and 2. How do I get a job there?

    Posted by Nightfly on 03/07 at 06:47 PM • permalink