YouTube Channel Spawns New TV Show: Recipe Rehab

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Everyday Health's online video series Recipe Rehab has transformed into a Saturday morning televised competition show on ABC. It's the first series from a YouTube original channel to make it to broadcast TV.

"We've taken 11 of America's prime comfort recipes and twisted them on their head," host Danny Boome tells Mashable. "What we're trying to do is not telling people what to eat, we're just showing them a change."

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"There's a truth and honesty about Recipe Rehab that a lot of people want in the home."

Each 30-minute episode introduces a new family and one of their favorite dishes -- such as fried chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, and macaroni and cheese -- then pits two acclaimed chefs against each other to revamp the recipes into healthier meals.

The family cooks the chefs' recipes, tastes the dishes and votes on which of the creations is better. Everyday Health posts the recipes on its website and as instructional videos on its YouTube channel.

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"It's a little bit like The Biggest Loser," Boome says. "There's a truth and honesty about Recipe Rehab that a lot of people want in the home; I think they really want to cut the crap."

Other YouTube series and personalities, of course, have already spawned cable TV shows -- think Annoying Orange on Cartoon Network and Fred Figglehorn on Nickelodeon -- but Recipe Rehab is the first YouTube-funded channel to have a program move onto the small screen.

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Google's original channel initiative funds channels like Everyday Health to improve YouTube's selection.

Recipe Rehab premiered Oct. 6 and will continue to air Saturday mornings on ABC stations.

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