Originally created 04/28/04

Reality show searches for domestic divas



LOS ANGELES -- The title of domestic diva is up for grabs in a new reality special in which gardening, cooking and entertainment skills are among those tested, ABC said Monday.

"The Great Domestic Showdown," airing Tuesday and Wednesday, May 25-26, pits six contestants. The winner gets a book deal, an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" and a pilot deal for a television show - and, the network suggested, Martha Stewart's crown.

A publicity release for the special dubbed it "the search for America's next domestic diva," a common reference for Stewart. She was convicted of lying about her sale of a block of biotechnology stock just before it plunged and faces sentencing June 17.

Judging the contestants are Food Network host Sandra Lee; Robert Verdi, host of Discovery Channel's "Surprise by Design"; and Los Angeles chef Govind Armstrong. The host is Adam Carolla ("The Man Show").