By People Staff
April 25, 2005 12:00 PM

What can we expect to see in the first few episodes of The Apprentice: Martha Stewart? Pantsuits. Lots of pantsuits. Just six weeks into her five months of home detention, Martha Stewart is fed up with her unsightly—and uncomfortable—ankle monitor. On April 4 Stewart petitioned the judge in her case to allow her to remove the anklet, take overnight trips and bump the number of hours she can work from 48 to 80 a week. Mark Burnett, executive producer of the Apprentice spinoff—set to start filming in early May—sent the judge a letter saying the anklet eliminates “the opportunity for Martha to wear skirts or dresses, which is part of her lifestyle and therefore a large part of her show.”

Too bad, argued prosecutors. Ditto, said Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, who noted home confinement “is designed to be confining.”

That leaves Stewart stuck in her Bedford, N.Y., house. There, says a source, “she has surrounded herself with friends. Her mother comes to see her, and [daughter] Alexis comes up on weekends.” Chef Pierre Schaedelin of Le Cirque fame serves up daily dishes. All in all it doesn’t sound so bad, though Stewart does have one new headache: rush hour. Round-trips to Manhattan can take three hours—which dents her 48-hour allotment. “She is very concerned because she has been stuck in traffic,” says the source. Perhaps it’s time for another reality show: Martha Stewart: The Amazing Race.

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