NEW YORK – While Martha Stewart (search) is away, 12 reality show contestants are going to play.
The new show, which debuts Jan. 6, will fill the time slot left empty by "Survivor: Vanuatu — Islands of Fire."
The 12 makeshift Marthas will live together in a New England estate, where they will try to prove they are role models for housewives everywhere.
They will be critiqued by celebrity chef and Food Network host Bobby Flay, stylist David Evangelista and "Sex and the City" author Candace Bushnell in a variety of challenges in entertaining, decorating, cooking, baking, sewing and crafts.
After 10 episodes, the last diva standing will win a development deal for a lifestyle-oriented TV show, six appearances on CBS' "The Early Show" and a publishing deal with Atria Books.
Among the nine women and three men are two homemakers, a chef, a baker and a Home Shopping Network host. Their ages range from 25 to 46. Five contestants are from California; two are from Florida.