Sesame Street

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'Scary' and Long-Lost Clip of Sesame Street Unearthed
A Famous Sesame Street
Clip Is Unearthed

A Famous Sesame Street Clip Is Unearthed

Margaret Hamilton reprised her Oz witch in a 1976 show that never aired again

(Newser) - A rare and relatively controversial clip from Sesame Street in 1976 is available for widespread viewing for the first time since it aired. As Mashable reports, it features none other than Margaret Hamilton reprising her role from the Wizard of Oz as the Wicked Witch of the West. In the...

His Friendship 'Echoed Through Generations'
His Friendship 'Echoed
Through Generations'

His Friendship 'Echoed Through Generations'

Longtime 'Sesame Street' actor Emilio Delgado dies at 81

(Newser) - He broke barriers as a rare Latino figure on American TV and went on to win an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition. But the generations of kids who grew up watching him might simply remember his warm presence and smile. Emilio Delgado, the actor and singer who...

Sesame Street Has Its First Asian-American Muppet

Meet Ji-Young, who is Korean-American

(Newser) - What's in a name? Well, for Ji-Young, the newest muppet resident of Sesame Street, her name is a sign she was meant to live there. “So, in Korean traditionally the two syllables they each mean something different and Ji means, like, smart or wise. And Young means, like,...

The Right Is Outraged Over Big Bird's Take on Vaccines

'Sesame Street' characters get vaccinated against COVID-19

(Newser) - It's conservatives vs. Sesame Street: Some on the right are decidedly unhappy with the stance the children's television show has taken on the coronavirus vaccine. "I got the COVID-19 vaccine today!" tweeted the account for the character of Big Bird, who is depicted as a 6-year-old,...

Sesame Street Introduces Gay Dads and Their Daughter

Nina's brother and his family showed up for family day

(Newser) - There’s a new family on Sesame Street. Nina, a regular character, introduces her brother Dave on family day. Dave, his husband, Frank, and their daughter, Mia, all come to a party. It’s a very natural introduction, providing only the information a kid needs. Kids “just need to...

Arrests Made in Disappearance of $160K Big Bird

7-foot-tall costume swiped from Aussie circus, then returned with apology note: 'We had a great time'

(Newser) - They may not have known how to get to Sesame Street, but two suspected Aussie thieves apparently knew how to get back to the venue where they allegedly swiped a Big Bird costume. The Guardian reports that the nearly 7-foot-tall, $160,000 outfit, said to be made of ostrich feathers...

Sesame Street Puppeteer Dead at 85
Sesame Street
Puppeteer Dead at 85

Sesame Street Puppeteer Dead at 85

Caroll Spinney was the force behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch

(Newser) - Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on Sesame Street, died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop. The Sesame Workshop said in a statement that the legendary puppeteer lived...

Sesame Street Addresses Issue of Parental Addiction

Elmo's new friend has a mother with a problem

(Newser) - Sesame Street is taking a new step to try to help kids navigate life in America—it's tackling the opioid crisis. Sesame Workshop is exploring the backstory of Karli, a bright green, yellow-haired friend of Elmo's whose mother is battling addiction. The initiative is part of the Sesame...

Wait ... What Did Grover Say?
Wait ... What Did Grover Say?

Wait ... What Did Grover Say?

Some think the puppet dropped an F-bomb

(Newser) - Production of Sesame Street moved from PBS to HBO a couple of years ago. Could it be that the cable network famous for series like The Sopranos and Deadwood has retooled the long-running kids show to make it more consistent with its other programming? Case in point: Sesame Street’s...

Meet Sesame Street's First Homeless Muppet

Lily's new storyline involves her family losing their home

(Newser) - For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, Sesame Street will have a homeless Muppet character. Lily, a character first introduced as a hungry, impoverished little girl in 2011, is now involved in a storyline involving her family becoming homeless and having to stay with friends, CNN reports. For...

After 50 Years, a Final Bow for Original Big Bird

Caroll Spinney retires from 'Sesame Street'

(Newser) - Big Bird is flying the coop. Caroll Spinney, the 84-year-old puppeteer who's portrayed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street since the show's premiere in 1969, announced his retirement Wednesday, telling the New York Times that the physical requirements have become too much for him. Still,...

Sesame Workshop Forced to Clarify Bert-Ernie Relationship

They're just friends, and have no sexual orientation

(Newser) - After years of speculation on the sexuality of Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie, Sesame Workshop has been forced to make an official statement on the matter. It started when Mark Saltzman, a writer on the show for 14 years, told Queerty , "I always felt that without a huge...

Sesame Street Sues Over Film With 'Ejaculating Puppets'

Trailer suggests Sesame's endorsement, suit claims

(Newser) - The first trailer for an R-rated movie starring Melissa McCarthy and a bunch of drug-sniffing, sex-crazed puppets notes it's "No Sesame. All Street." But the makers of Sesame Street aren't sure viewers will get the message. Sesame Workshop, which produces the kids show, is suing STX...

Sesame Street's Newest Character Is a First

'Julia' has autism

(Newser) - Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes—and autism. Rather than being treated like an outsider, often the plight of kids on the spectrum, Julia is one of the gang,...

Sesame Street Moves Down the Block to HBO

But PBS, which has aired the show since 1969, isn't left out in the cold

(Newser) - In addition to their ABCs and 123s, kids watching Sesame Street will now also become familiar with H-B-O. The cable network has announced a new partnership with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the TV show, that means the next five seasons will air exclusively on HBO and via its streaming...

Sesame Street Losing 44-Year Veteran This Season

Sonia Manzano, who plays Maria, to take on 'new endeavors'

(Newser) - "It's the end of an era on Sesame Street," reports CNN . Sonia Manzano, who plays Fix-It Shop owner Maria, is retiring from the show after 44 years. Manzano, who made the announcement at the American Library Association Annual Conference this week, first appeared on the series in...

'Big Bird' Almost Went Up in Challenger Shuttle

'It made my scalp crawl to think I was supposed to be on that'

(Newser) - Big Bird was almost a passenger on the doomed Challenger space shuttle in 1986. Caroll Spinney, who has played the Sesame Street character for 46 years, has a new documentary—I Am Big Bird—and he discussed the dark tidbit while discussing the film with Today . NASA thought that if...

You Must See the New Yorker's DOMA Cover

Bert and Ernie tableau makes headlines

(Newser) - Odds are you have, at some point in your life, made a joke about Bert and Ernie's sexuality. Well, a just-revealed New Yorker cover takes those jokes to the next level, making them downright sweet. Titled "Bert and Ernie's Moment of Joy," the image is intended,...

30K Flock to White House Egg Roll

Event features celebrities, corporate sponsors

(Newser) - The Obamas welcomed thousands of people to the South Lawn today for the White House's annual Easter egg roll, standing alongside the Easter Bunny and such less-heralded mascots as Colby Carrot and Eric Eggplant, USA Today reports. Messrs. Carrot and Eggplant, of course, were there to help in Michelle...

Accuser No. 4 Emerges in 'Elmo' Sex Scandal

Latest 'John Doe' files lawsuit against Kevin Clash

(Newser) - The "Elmo" sex scandal shows no signs of going away: Kevin Clash, the former puppeteer of the popular Sesame Street character, has been hit with yet another lawsuit alleging he had sexual relations with a minor. Accuser No. 4, so far not identified, claims he met Clash when he...

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