Okay, Food Network addicts, attention please! Have you recently wondered what Day to Day with Rachael Ray is? Those with TiVo have an unfair advantage here since they can run a keyword search. Thanks to readers Carla and Leigh, I think I have pieced together an answer to the Day to Day mystery.
Day to Day is a show that the Food Network is airing in my hood at 4:00 a.m. It looks like the Food Network considered doing their own Rachael Ray talk show and Day to Day is the result. There is a studio audience but it has a definite test show feel to it, mostly because the set looks really pared down. I also found a few forum posts by audience members who said they were told that they were filming pilot episodes, so were unsure when it would air. Oprah's too smart to try something that has never been tested, right?
The show is listed under Food Network Specials on the Food Network website, implying that it will not be a regular series. A viewer of Rachael's new talk show will see similarities like the opening scene, where Rachael walks down a hallway to introduce the show and many of the contributors are the same. You will also notice many dissimilar things, like the one big theme per show instead of many separate segments.
The most recent episode was all about dating tips for singles. There has been an episode about Weddings (Oct. 15) and there will be episodes on Travels (Dec. 24), You Deserve It and Moms, which don't have scheduled airdates yet.
If I had to choose a format, I would pick the one that ended up on network tv instead of the Food Network version. The network version is much more polished and sophisticated (but maybe that's because Day to Day was just a test). Could this be why they are airing them in the dead of night?