Fredrik Skavlan, left, the Norwegian host of the original "Skavlan" show shares a laugh on set with Farzad Farzaneh, host "Skavlan Jr." Photo: Jonas Eriksson.
Fredrik Skavlan, left, the Norwegian host of the original "Skavlan" show shares a laugh on set with Farzad Farzaneh, host "Skavlan Jr." Photo: Jonas Eriksson.

New talk show Skavlan Jr. puts kids in the hot seat

"I really think that kids, just as adults, like to hear other people tell their stories"
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The popular late-night talk show "Skavlan" is getting a reboot of sorts where instead of hearing from famous movers and shakers, a new host will interview mostly children.

Farzad Farzaneh will host "Skavlan Jr.", a talk show aimed at children age 9 to 13. The show is the creation of Fredrik Skavlan, the Norwegian host of the original "Skavlan."

"We met and we talked about it and then we made a pilot," Farzaneh who has hosted other children's shows tells Radio Sweden. "I thought that it was a good idea."

Farzaneh says the 30-minute program will focus on issues important to youngsters but will not shy away from heavy topics.

For example, the second episode features two siblings from the grade school in Trollhättan where a man killed a teacher, a teaching assistant and a male student with a sword. Swedish police later confirmed that the attack had "racist motives."

"A lot of kids were frightened when that happened," Farzaneh says. "A lot of children started to think about this and they know that this has happened. So it's relevant to talk about it."

Skavlan Jr. will air its first episode on Sunday at 19:05 local time on Swedish Television's Barnkanalen, the channel for children's programming.

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