Rachael Ray Lines Up V.I.P. Guests for November Sweeps

New York, NY, October 30, 2007 –  With November right around the corner things are heating up on the set of the hit syndicated show, “Rachael Ray,” including huge V.I.P. guests, quick and easy dinners and the launch of Rachael’s hunt for the best cooks in America.

After screening thousands of submissions from everyday cooks, vying for a spot in Rachael’s “So You Think You Can Cook?!” showdown, the “Rachael Ray” production team has narrowed the field to five finalists who will begin competing in several culinary challenges starting November 5th.  Each Monday in November, another contestant will be voted out with the winner being crowned on November 26th. 

To help her countdown to her favorite holiday – Thanksgiving, Rachael invites over some old and new friends; including Valerie Bertinelli, Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, Nigella Lawsen, Guy Fieri and Teri Hatcher. 

The show will continue to spotlight it’s viewers through the popular “Human Lab” segments, where audience members test out the hottest products and trends, reporting back to Rachael on how well they work in everyday life.  In November, the show asks three women, looking to shed a few pounds, to test out the most cutting edge exercise machines on the market. 

Plus, Rachael opens her home to Christie Brinkley, Jerry O’Connell, Julianne Moore, Robin McGraw, Seal, John Stamos, Dustin Hoffman, Marcia Cross, Dylan McDermott, Eric Dane, Taye Diggs, Sara Ramirez, Vanessa Williams and a multiple Oscar winning Mystery Taster. 

In its first two seasons, “Rachael Ray” has attracted exceptional guests such as Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, Former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Laura Bush, Kelsey Grammer, Dr. Phil McGraw, Jessica Simpson, Michael J. Fox, Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Hudson, Mandy Moore, LL Cool J, Felicity Huffman and Ali Larter, to name a few. 

The series, which has been cleared in more than 194 markets, airs Monday through Friday in nearly 99% of the country.  Please visit for local show times.

“Rachael Ray” is distributed and produced by CBS Television Distribution in association with Harpo Productions, Scripps Networks and Watch Entertainment.  Janet Annino is executive producer. CBS Television Distribution is a unit of CBS Corp.

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