Oprah bringing Food Network cook to daytime TV

Food Network personality Rachael Ray has signed a deal with Oprah Winfrey's production company to host a daytime syndicated talk show targeted to launch in fall 2006.

"People know me for my love of food, but I have so much more I want to share," Ray said. "Our show's going to be all about taking a bigger bite out of life. I want people to see themselves in this show because life is full of messes and successes, and getting there is half the fun."

Ray is the host of the Food Network series 30-Minute Meals, $40 a Day, Inside Dish and Tasty Travels. She also has written 10 cookbooks, with another due out next month, and a monthly lifestyle magazine, Every Day With Rachael Ray, debuts next month.

Ray will continue to appear on Food Network, but no decision has yet been made as to whether the syndicated talk show also will air on the Scripps-owned channel.

Following in the footsteps of Dr. Phil, Ray will become only the second personality that Winfrey will develop on her own talk show in anticipation of a new show's launch. Ray has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the past, but her appearances will now become more frequent.

Ray got her start in television doing a weekly segment for the evening news on WRGB-TV in Albany, NY.

The new show, based in New York, will be produced by Viacom-owned King World Productions in association with Winfrey's Harpo Productions and Scripps Network.

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Oct 10, 2005
I think it makes sense to have something light and fun under the Harpo banner, as opposed to serious talk all the time.Nice move, Oprah.
Oct 09, 2005
Rachael Ray is the most overrated television cook in the world. Half of the time on her show 30-Minute Meals is done chopping vegetables and bringing the food from the various parts of her kitchen to the prep table. She does basically simple dishes that no one would want to repeat, mostly consisting of chopped tomatoes, onions, and garlic.

Rachael's interviewing skills are ... missing. She is totally self-conscious and tries to use hip language without ever really pulling it off. She seems genuinely interested in her guests, but at a loss as to how to speak with them. She giggles like a little girl at anything that seems to her it must be funny.

Her other program on Food Network is the most interesting of the three because it takes Rachael out of the confines of her set and she does not have to interview anyone but a busy chef now and then. It is mostly watching her eat and rolling her eyes about how good everything she eats is. But we do get to see the places she visits in more detail than tourists ordinarily get to see.

Hyper and talkative: that describes Rachael Ray. She just cannot let a second go by without filling it with inane chatter. Compare her to Martha Stewart in every aspect of television cookery and interviewing and you will see the proverbial difference between night and day. She is unreasonably popular because she projects the feeling that she is really teaching and really getting to know the subjects of her interviews.

Her new program will probably be immensely successful, especially under the guidance of Miss Oprah. Gag! As celebrities, they deserve each other! (This does not mean that both of them might not be wonderful people off screen.)
Oct 07, 2005
Lordy i would love to have all of her engergy. She is a blast to watch. I watch all of her shows and enjoy them all. Cant wait to see what the new magazine will be like. You go Rachael!!!! Heres to your success! Cheers!!

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