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Wednesday, March 26

UPDATE: Rachael Saved from Hot, Boiling Water

See! I don't leave you hanging-- even if it takes nearly a year and a half to get the answer!

Just thought I'd update you on my November 8, 2006 post regarding the lawsuit against Rachael Ray's show Food Network show Inside Dish with Rachael Ray (and her syndicated talkshow Rachael Ray) in which two men alleged the show was a ripoff of the one they pitched to Food Network back in 2001, tentatively titled Showbiz Chefs.


Food Network's then-President Judy Girard returned the script, saying they had "no interest in celebrities at all."



I don't really remember any major celebrity moments in Food Network's history, but perhaps they all failed before they even aired.

From what I gather, the lawsuit eventually went on to include Rachael's talkshow, which the persons filing the lawsuit allege infringed upon their original idea of a 30-minute show in which celebrities would cook their favorite meals in their own kitchens.
Ummm... not really the same at all.

Luckily, the judge agreed:

"The generic talk-show format is not protectable, U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins said, and any similarities between Showbiz Chefs and the CBS-produced Rachael Ray are 'scenes a faire' that naturally flow from the interview and talk-show format ... Cooking segments may individualize the talk-show structure somewhat, but they still represent the outgrowth of the generic talk show, especially when the host can, in fact, cook."

This is a double-win for Rachael. First, her shows (and the people producing them) aren't going to be held responsible for any damages. Second, a judge actually said she can "in fact, cook"! To all the naysayers, be a naysayer no more. Be a...ummm... yeasayer.

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4 Comments:

At 3/26/2008 1:53 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Is it me or Rachel Ray really starting to grate on my nerves. That woman is so freakin annoying and it seems she is popping up everywhere. The First Lady Whore of FoodNetwork.

I also hear Rachel Ray is turning into real prima donna. People close to her say she is adopting the "I am the future of food" mentality and needs to be brought down to reality. The C word was been bandied about when describing her.

Maybe that sadsack husband of her's Millstone, is helping escalate RR's piss poor attitude

 
At 3/26/2008 2:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shame this could have been the start of ridding the world of Rachael Ray forever. It has now
gone past the 15 minutes of fame
to the point of obscene, she will
and does shill for anything. Next
Rachael the cartoon.

 
At 3/28/2008 10:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto to both of you. The "dumbing down" of America is getting old.

 
At 4/04/2008 10:37 AM , Anonymous Jeff said...

I seem to remember a show built largely around celebrities in the kitchen...it was hosted by Dinah Shore(a popular singer and TV personality from the medium's golden age)and entitled "Dinah's Place." (Were these two who alleged they were ripped off by RR & Co. born yesterday?)

 

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