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James Patterson has a new TV show, and it was shot entirely in South Florida

James Patterson with the cast of 'Kid Stew'
James Patterson with the cast of 'Kid Stew' South Florida PBS

He's one of the most prolific authors today, with literally dozens of titles to his credit.

We're talking about mystery writer James Patterson of "Alex Cross" and "Women's Murder Club" fame.

The Palm Beach resident holds the record for the most No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, a total of 67.

The 71-year-old, whose books have sold over 300 million copies, has a lighter side, too.

Patterson has written a number of young adult books ("Get Me Out of Here!" and "The Worst Years of My Life"), and is passionate about getting preteens to develop a love of reading.

His latest project: the new PBS show "Kid Stew," described as "Saturday Night Live" meets 1970s popular series "Zoom."

The sketch format series, shot entirely in South Florida, airs 4 p.m Fridays on WPBT. The public television show includes music videos, travel segments and cast conducted interviews with local personalities such as Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen.

Patterson attended the premiere earlier this month at South Florida PBS' WXEL Studio in Boynton Beach.

"I created this show to get kids to learn about stuff like art, and literature and science, but in a fun way," he said. "I want them to be enthusiastic about it. I want them to fall in love with learning."

Another current project: Writing a thriller with President Bill Clinton, "The President is Missing."

Patterson told attendees that he saw President Dwight D. Eisenhower in person from afar when he was growing up in New York and never thought the day would come when he would team up with a living president.

"Pretty cool, huh?" he said.

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