The television show "ME:TV" made its debut on Nickelodeon this week and a pair of New York Jets made guest appearances. Both left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson and safety Kerry Rhodes participated on Wednesday's show.
Nickelodeon's new program, hosted by Alexandra Gizela and Jordan Carlos, guides youngsters through their favorite shows and is completely interactive featuring four kids live via web cam, online voting, gaming, giveaways and celebrity guests.
"I had a great time," said Rhodes. "It was a good experience for us and the kids had fun. That is the main goal for us when we come out into the community - try to have fun with the kids and be ourselves."
Unfortunately for Rhodes, the second-year safety was forced to eat a breakfast favorite splashed with an odd choice of condiments.
"We had a gross moment there where we had to eat a donut with mustard on it," he said. "That was not that pleasant, but it was fun."
The Jets didn't have to travel far for their Nickelodeon appearance as "ME:TV" is broadcast live Monday through Friday from 5-7 p.m. Eastern right here in New York City. Ferguson, named after Father Ralph de Bricassart, a fictional character on the 1983 mini series the Thorn Birds, participated in an interesting name game.
"I had a great time and I enjoyed myself," he said. "We had the opportunity to play a little name game using my name, D'Brickashaw. I thought that was pretty fun. And I almost won."
Everyone won on Wednesday as both Ferguson and Rhodes delighted children on the set and across televisions across the land.
"For the kids to be that close to stars - especially these hometown guys coming from the Jets - was a big thrill for these guys," said Mr. Mike Sarnoski, the Executive Producer of "ME:TV"
Nickelodeon's ME:TV follows in the vein of U-Pick Live and Slimetime Live, featuring a live studio audience. Kids can participate in-studio or from home by the phone, or via on-screen message boards and voting on Nick.com. A new "kid created content" destination -- http://www.nick.com/metv -- allows kids to submit their own original content, and then watch, rate or share it on TurboNick. Nickelodeon will feature the best of kids' work on-air. All kid submitted video content will be completely monitored and moderated, and parental permission is required for any content to appear online or on-air.