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Jamie Oliver Teams Up With Ryan Seacrest For New Reality Show

Jamie Oliver and Ryan Seacrest Serving Up Reality Show

Seems Jamie Oliver and Ryan Seacrest have more in common than a shared love of spiky hairdos. They also want to help Americans eat better. The British chef is preparing a new reality show produced by Seacrest, where Oliver will touch down in America's unhealthiest cities and give its residents good-food makeovers using local resources.

This isn't Oliver's first stab at improving the eating habits of everyday folks. In the UK, he has worked extensively on children's nutrition, including a 2005 TV series called Jamie's School Lunches, which prompted education officials to remake school meals. The idea struck a chord with radio host/TV producer Seacrest:

Seacrest said he talked about school lunches during a segment on his KISS FM morning radio show and was struck by the amount of listener response. Then he heard Oliver was looking to bring his public service campaign stateside. The resulting ABC show will not only tackle a city's schools, but workplaces and other avenues for change.

ABC has already ordered at least six hours of the show, which will focus on cities that have shown on up lists of "America's fattest." But ABC exec Vicki Dummer says the point isn't to make fun of Americans: "Jamie has been through this mission before. He will be an advocate for change, but not act like, 'I'm from Britain and you Americans are fat.'"

What do you think of this idea for a show? Do you think it sends the right message?


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suziryder suziryder 8 years
It sounds like a good idea, I especially like the idea of working on school lunches. But cafeterias at offices and such could definitely use improvement, too! I bet he'll have lots of places to choose from. And as long as I don't have to see Ryan Seacrest, I'd watch the show :P
pink-pirate pink-pirate 8 years
Given that he's already done two shows about the same subject in Britain - "Jamie's School Dinners" and "Jamie's Ministry of Food" - I do not think this is a British guy telling Americans they are unhealthy. I live in the UK now and trust me, British people eat as badly as we do and it is the most obese European country.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
While I am a huge JO fan, I too, am a bit tired of American bashing on any subject. We may be fat, as he claims, but has no problem taking our fat money does he?
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
I think this is a great idea. I also didn't interpret the shows topic matter to be poking fun at Americans. My take is that anything that encourages people to seek out and eat local, healthy food is a good thing. Particularly when it comes to changing school lunches where what is served should not even be categorized as food.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
Well, Seacrest...Seacrest...he's one busy guy, is he. As for the show, sounds fine to me, I'd probably try to catch one episode (to see if I like it enough to keep watching). But hey, there can also be 'backlash' as in, hey, who's that Brit dude think he is telling us 'fat' Americans on what we can eat or not? :p Maybe JO will deliver such a likable and cool vibe that people will enjoy watching and taking notes.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'd watch sounds pretty cool to me. I wonder if he'll come to Milwaukee. I know Milwaukee comes up on the "fattest cities" list a lot...maybe he'll figure out a way to make brats and kraut and fried cheese curds more healthy, lol. I have a feeling that if he comes to Wisconsin at all, he'll have a tough time getting people to give up beer. I'd be curious to see what kinds of things he suggests to people.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
Well i hope that it's more successful here than it was in the UK. i seem to remember people talking about how it wasn't feasible for most people in the UK and that it wasn't even something that the folks were interested in. i feel like tyler florence tried something along these lines and it was ok...maybe JO will have more luck.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Sounds interesting.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
wow, what hasnt ryan seacrest dabbled in?!?! his resume is probably on of the longest in all of hollywood!
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