Sesame Street

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Sesame Street and Big Bird Feel 40 Years Young

Big Bird

For Big Bird, 40 is the new 6. Everyone's favorite 8-foot yellow lark and all his friends celebrated Sesame Street's 40th anniversary earlier this month. While the big Four-Oh means middle age in human years, it's forever young on the groundbreaking, self-renewing children's program. "Forty feels great! I feel pretty good because I'm 6 years old now in bird years," Big Bird tells "I was a wee child when it started. I think my first memory is Sesame Street." The same could be said for countless fans of the series that has netted a record 122 Emmys and has become one of TV's most enduring shows. See what Big Bird thinks has made Sesame Street so successful, what his Thanksgiving plans are and more!
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Guiding Light, Sesame Street to Be Honored at Daytime Emmys

Vanessa Williams

Forget Ellen and Tyra — Guiding Light and a bunch of Muppets are set to take center stage at Sunday's 36th Daytime Emmy Awards.

Hosted by Vanessa Williams, the show will honor two daytime staples during the broadcast — one of which is bidding farewell. Light, which ends its run on ...
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Sesame Street Is Back, and Feeling Feist-y!

Sesame Street by Richard Termine/PBS

Theres a lot of new stuff in store promises executive producer Carol-Lynn Parente when talking about the 39th season of Sesame Street Mondays 9 amET PBS time may vary in your area the gold standard in preschool programming This year the goal is to make math fun with such parodies as Preschool Musical Are You Smarter Than an Egg Layer and 30 Rocks In the season opener Feist sings her catchy 1234 with new lyrics 1234 chickens just back from the shore and Jack Black pals around with Elmo More A-list stars will show up later in the season including Jessica Alba David Beckham Heidi Klum Neil Patrick Harris Randy Jackson Sandra Oh Jenny McCarthy and newsman Brian Williams who shows his sense of humor while reporting on a case of mine-itis But Sesame Street purists should be warned Two beloved Muppets have a different look as the series introduces Claymation versions of Bert and Ernie At least Super Grover remains untouched Megan Wals read more

Neil Patrick Harris Shows Off His Fairy Shoes!

Neil Patrick Harris by Jean-Paul Aussenard/

What's better than seeing NPH riding a unicorn while trippin' on shrooms? How about NPH donning little white wings and singing about footwear as he plays The Shoe Fairy on Sesame Street? Turns out Harris is all about belting out the tunes these days (also starting in Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog), and in this PBS skit, the How I Met Your Mother star sings about his high-tops, polka dot flip-flops and every shoe under the sun they could find to rhyme. Watch it now! | More online videos read more

Feist Counts "1,2,3,4" for Sesame Street

Feist really hit it big not too long ago when their song, "1,2,3,4" was featured in a new ad for video iPods, but this Sesame Street version of the single gives Apple's video a run for its money. We do have one slight qualm about the video, though. If the whole point of the song is about learning and loving to count, then where is The Count?! read more

Jessica Alba, David Beckham Heat Up Sesame Street

Jessica Alba by Eric Charbonneau/ and David Beckham by Barry King/

Well, tickle me' Elmo, but were the guest stars on Sesame Street always this hot? I just remember Mr. Hooper and all those married couples in leisure suits.The seminal kids' show launches its 39th season on Aug. 11 with a veritable parade of hotness: Jessica Alba, David Beckham, Heidi Klum, Neil Patrick Harris, Sandra Oh, Jenny McCarthy and Dolphins defensive end (and Dancing With the Stars runner-up) Jason Taylor will attempt to help the nuggets with their reading, writing and arithmetic, but will mostly be on hand just to kick their sexual development into gear. Can you spell H-O-R-M-O-N-E-S, kids?"The Street" will also include some "legitimate" guest stars. Will Arnett, who knows a thing or two about playing an "illusionist," will portray a new character, Max the Magician, a prestidigitator (look it up) who teaches kids math with his "tricks." Feist will appear, and will presumably sing that "1 2 3 4" song that lodged in my brain for much of last year after it appeared on an iPo... read more

Sopranos Stop by Sesame Street

The Sopranos Hit Up Sesame StreetLeave it to Bert and Ernie to get all Hollywood on us. Our favorite puppet duo has moved behind the camera to direct their own sketches, and guess who they managed to get to play their parts? The Sopranos' Tony Sirico and Steve Schirripa. How can you resist seeing Paulie Walnuts with a bushy unibrow and Bobby Bacala with a tri-colored, striped sweater? We can just hear it now: “Ey, Ernie, you talkin’ to me?” Hmm...wonder what their rendition of “Rubber Duckie” would be like. Watch it now! | More online videosFor more great videos, check out our Online Video Guide now! read more

Tina Fey Rocks Sesame Street's World (and Vice Versa)

Tina Fey visits Sesame Street.

Sesame Street (PBS, 9am/ET) begins its 38th season today with a visit from funny lady Tina Fey, who in a pirate-themed sketch not only displays her comic chops but a talent for singing, which she does in a musical number with Elmo. We spoke to Fey about her appearance on the kiddie fave, as well as the upcoming season of her sitcom 30 Rock. TV Guide: Tell us about landing the Sesame gig. Tina Fey: You get that call and, of course, the answer is immediately "yes." It's such an institution. I think there are similarities between Saturday Night Live and Sesame Street — [both] are massively influential cultural institutions that are unique to New York and started close to the same time. There is lot of overlap in a weird way. read more

Stop the Presses! Sesame Street's Elmo Isn't Jewish?!

Elmo by Richard Termine/Sesame Workshop

Ben Stiller (voicing an elf named... Stiller) and The Sopranos' Tony Sirico and Steve Schirripa (as a wannabe Bert and Ernie) are but a few of the stars who will help out with Elmo's Christmas Countdown, a one-hour holiday special coming to ABC. Per the Hollywood Reporter, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Ty Pennington, Alicia Keys, Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley are also set to appear as themselves to perform in musical numbers, while Big Bird, Grover, Oscar, Snuffie and the Count will be representin' for the "I've got someone's hand inside me" set. read more

New Sesame Street Features Ray, Fey, Spoof of Grey's

Sesame Street's Abby Cadabby by Rich Termine/PBS

Season 38 of Sesame Street, premiering Aug. 13, will feature a curriculum focusing on early literacy and language skills, PBS announced on Monday. The new batch will also feature Abby Cadabby in all 26 episodes (sounds like someone got a new agent), and kick off each episode with a "Word on the Street," which will be defined throughout the hour. There'll be occasional assists from the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and Jon Stewart.Speaking of famous human faces, guests for the coming season include Tina Fey, Rachael Ray, James Blunt and several New York Jets. Pop-culture spoofs include "Meal or No Meal," "American I," "A's Anatomy" and "GNN" with Anderson Cooper and grouch coanchors Walter Cranky and Dan Rather-Not. OK, that last bit just made me giggle. read more

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Premise: A landmark series set in an ethnically diverse urban neighborhood where every day is a sunny one. It features songs, skits, animation and, of course, Muppets to teach preschoolers basic educational and social concepts. A public-television gem that's older than PBS itself, 'Sesame Street' debuted in 1969 on National Educational Television. Since that time, this influential show has won more Emmys than any other in TV history (more than 90 at last count) and can be seen in more than 140 countries.



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