Au­thor Pat­ter­son’s TV se­ries for kids de­buts Sun­day

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By JAN SJOSTROM

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 cur­

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.

Photo cour­tesy of Kid Stew

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.


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