Author Patterson’s TV series for kids debuts Sunday
The indefatigable James Patterson is about to debut another project aimed at stimulating children’s interest in reading.
Kid Stew is a half-hour magazine-style television show hosted by children. The fast-paced show features comedic sketches, music videos, guest appearances by creative adults and kids, virtual visits around the globe and fun facts, according to South Florida PBS, which produced the four-episode series with Patterson.
Among the recurring segments: newscasts focusing on gross-out facts; skits in which cast members travel back in time to chat with iconic figures such as William Shakespeare and Leonardo da Vinci; and interviews with role models ranging from writers Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen to Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake, who talks about how creativity figures in sports.
Patterson, a Palm Beach resident, conceived the series. The novelist was deeply involved in every stage of the project from scripting to final approval of each episode, according to current.org.
Patterson’s other endeavors aimed at promoting literacy include his I Funny and Middle School book series and an initiative with the University of Florida to boost elementary schoolchildren’s literacy by improving teaching practices.
Kid Stew will premiere with full-series marathons scheduled 8 to 10 a.m. on WPBT-Ch. 2 and 10 a.m. to noon on WXEL-Ch. 42 on Sunday. After that, the episodes will be repeated at 4 p.m. on Fridays beginning April 20 on WPBT and 9 a.m. Sundays beginning April 22 on WXEL.
The series will be distributed nationally to public television stations by American Public Television beginning May 1.
Young cast members of “Kid Stew” are: from front left, Milena Rivero, Caroline Deleon, Nicholas Hernandez, Armando Bernal IV and David Bolinger; from back left, Luke Nappe, Madison Maxwell, Blake McCall and Satine Sorensen.