D.C. show ‘Pancake Mountain’ launches Monday on PBS

WASHINGTON — “Pancake Mountain” is back.

The eclectic, music-heavy television show for kids of all ages, which originated in Washington, D.C., went into retirement two years ago.

On Monday, PBS Digital Studios will premiere a brand new episode of “Pancake Mountain,” the brainchild of Scott Stuckey, who now lives in Los Angeles.

In February, Stuckey told WTOP that PBS Digital Studios, which creates, develops, produces, and manages online content for PBS, invited Stuckey and crew to create new episodes for the YouTube generation.

“They said they would like us to continue to make shows, and we didn’t have to change anything, or try to do anything different to reach a different demographic, and we thought that sounded great,” said Stuckey, earlier this year.

Now WTOP has learned new details of “Pancake Mountain”‘s deal with PBS.

“The initial run will be 10 weeks, with a new episode launching each Monday and a ‘classic’ video launching each Friday,” says Jennifer Rankin Byrne, senior director of media relations for PBS.

The new episodes will remain true to Stuckey’s vision.

“There will be the same skits, dance parties and celebrity appearances ‘Pancake Mountain’ is known for, as well as some new recurring segments,” Byrne says, “including cooking with David Yow of The Jesus Lizard and a musical segment we’re calling ‘Bass with Dave Schools.'”

Schools plays bass in Athens, Georgia-based band Widespread Panic.

The new show will include a new version of the theme song, which was written by D.C. musical staple Brendan Canty, and originally recorded by Anti-Flag.

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