Rachael Ray talk show cooking in key markets

Food Network personality Rachael Ray's upcoming talk show has been sold to stations in much of the country, including three of the top five markets, sources said Thursday.

Among the stations that have cleared the syndicated show, targeted to launch in fall 2006, are the CBS owned-and-operated stations KCBS in Los Angeles, WBBM in Chicago, and WBZ in Boston as well as Viacom-owned stations in San Francisco and Dallas, sources said.

The show's syndicator, King World Prods., declined comment Thursday. The company announced the one-hour daytime show last month, saying it would focus on more than just cooking.

"We already know Rachael can make life easier in the kitchen, and now she'll do it for people in all other aspects of their lives," Terry Wood, president of creative affairs and development at King World and Paramount Domestic Television, said at the time, calling it a "can-do show the Rachael Ray way."

Ray is the host of the Food Network series 30-Minute Meals, $40 a Day, Inside Dish, and Tasty Travels.

The new talk show, based in New York, will be produced by King World in association with Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Prods. and Scripps Networks.

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