Rachael Ray (TV series)
Rachael Ray, also known as The Rachael Ray Show, is a talk show
Talk show
A talk show or chat show is a television program or radio program where one person discuss various topics put forth by a talk show host....

 starring Rachael Ray
Rachael Ray
Rachael Domenica Ray is an American television personality, businesswoman, celebrity chef and author. She hosts the syndicated talk and lifestyle program Rachael Ray and three Food Network series, 30 Minute Meals, Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels and $40 a Day...

 that debuted in syndication in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 and Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 on September 18, 2006.
The hour-long daytime program is co-produced by Ray and Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her self-titled, multi-award-winning talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011...

 through her Harpo Productions
Harpo Productions
Harpo Productions, Inc. is an incorporated US-based multimedia production company founded by Oprah Winfrey . It also includes Harpo Films & Harpo Radio, Inc....

 in association with and distributed domestically and globally by CBS Television Distribution
CBS Television Distribution
CBS Television Distribution is a global television distribution company, formed from the merger of CBS Corporation's two domestic television distribution arms CBS Paramount Domestic Television and King World Productions, including its home entertainment arm CBS Home Entertainment...

. This show is the last remaining program to have the involvement of CTD's predecessor, KingWorld (KWP Studios, the last remaining component of KingWorld, holds the series copyright). It is filmed at EUE/Screen Gems
EUE/Screen Gems
EUE/Screen Gems LTD owns and operates film and television production facilities in Wilmington, North Carolina and New York City. EUE/Screen Gems branded content division collaborates with global brands and advertising agencies for the development, production, marketing and distribution of filmed...

' New York facility.

Show format

The concept behind this program focuses on more than just Ray's culinary skills, offering many other celebrity interviews, provocative discussions, musical performances and groundbreaking features along the lines of The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Oprah Winfrey Show is an American syndicated talk show hosted and produced by its namesake Oprah Winfrey. It ran nationally for 25 seasons beginning in 1986, before concluding in 2011. It is the highest-rated talk show in American television history....

. According to Ray, "People know me for my love of food, but I have so much more I want to share." The set has the audience seated on a large turntable that rotates so that the audience can always see the "action" on the circular stage that surrounds them. At the end of each show, with the exception of a few more guests after Ray's cooking segments, Ray's tagline is, "We'll see you when we see you."
On March 9, 2007, Entertainment Tonight
Entertainment Tonight
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 revealed that the show's theme music was written and recorded by Rachael's husband, John Cusimano. The original theme song to the show was performed by R&B, Soul and Jazz group The Neville Brothers
The Neville Brothers
The Neville Brothers, an American R&B and soul group, was formed in 1977 in New Orleans, Louisiana.-History:The group notion started in 1976, when the four brothers of the Neville family, Art , Charles , Aaron , and Cyril The Neville Brothers, an American R&B and soul group, was formed in 1977 in...

. Their song has the same rhythm as their classic hit "Yellow Moon
Yellow Moon
Yellow Moon is a 1989 album by The Neville Brothers.-Track listing:# "My Blood" – 4:11# "Yellow Moon" – 4:04# "Fire and Brimstone" – 3:57...

", but with different lyrics. Aaron Neville
Aaron Neville
Aaron Neville is an American soul and R&B singer and musician. He has had four top-20 hits in the United States along with four platinum-certified albums...

 sings the song. Starting with the fifth season the original theme was retired.

Awards and ratings

The show now has 2 Daytime Emmy Award
Daytime Emmy Award
The Daytime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the New York-based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming...

s for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment winning in 2008 and 2009. The Show was Nominated for Talk Show Entertainment in 2010 but lost to The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, often shortened to Ellen, is an American television talk show hosted by comedian/actress Ellen DeGeneres. Debuting on September 8, 2003, it is produced by Telepictures and airs in syndication, including stations owned by NBC Universal. For its first five seasons, the show...

. Rachael Ray was also nominated for Talk Show Host in 2007, 2009 and 2010 but lost to Ellen DeGeneres in 2007, The View in 2009 and Dr. Mehmet Oz in 2010.

The show averages about 2.6 million views daily, making it one of the highest viewed daytime shows. Not long after it debuted, it was revealed that Rachael Ray was renewed through 2010, adding 2 years to the already 2 years it had received.Then again in June 2009 Rachael Ray was renewed for 2 more years, till 2012, making 6 seasons. Rachael Ray is the only one of the four syndicated daytime talk shows that premiered for the 2006-07 season to be renewed.

International airings

The show airs all across America as well as overseas in the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Latin America, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Middle East, New Zealand, Norway, The Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
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