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The relationship status of 'Sesame Street' favourites Bert and Ernie has long been questioned, with many now-adult fans convinced that they were in fact a gay couple. A former writer for the show took it upon himself to confirm the rumours recently, but now the Sesame workshop and Frank Oz are contesting this alleged truth and it's even more divisive than before.
Frank Oz at 'The Last Jedi' premiere
Saying that Bert and Ernie are gay has served to both delight and infuriate fans of The Muppets, but that's exactly what writer Mark Saltzman thought while he was working on 'Sesame Street' for 15 years. He admits that the Muppets' relationship reflected his own relationship with partner Arnold Glassman at the time.
It's an important day for 'Sesame Street' as they take the first step in helping more kids to relate.
'Sesame Street' is making waves once again by introducing a unique new character to their cast. Julia is the first character in the series to have autism and sees set to arrive on our screens in April. The addition marks an important turning point in on-screen diversity.
Julia is the new character in 'Sesame Street'
Julia will be puppeteered by Stacey Gordon, who is more equipped than most to depict the character's mannerisms and behaviour, given that her own child is living with autism. 'I wished that it had come out years before, when my own child was at the Sesame Street age', she told 60 Minutes.
The PBS programme has announced a joint deal with HBO for new funding for the next half a decade.
In a dramatic shake-up of children’s TV that’s bound to be divisive, eternal favourite ‘Sesame Street’ is being added to the roster of the HBO network alongside adult dramas like ‘Game of Thrones’. Who saw that coming?
Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organisation behind the beloved children’s show, released a statement announcing the new deal with HBO on Thursday (August 13th). The next five seasons of ‘Sesame Street’, which has been airing for 45 years on PBS up until this point, will be aired first on the premium cable channel and its subscription streaming services.
'Sesame Street' founder Joan Ganz Cooney with some of the cast
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The adorable parody video was released on Tuesday, just a few days ahead of the fifth season of 'Game of Thrones'.
Entitled ‘Game of Chairs’, the spoof video of the violent and long-running fictional drama was released on Tuesday and has racked up nearly a million views in just under twenty four hours. In it, four characters who look suspiciously like ones from the series compete in a game of musical chairs hosted by Grover. The three throne-like chairs are a bronze one made out of ping-pong bats, a silver one made of golf clubs and golf balls, and a gold one made out of baseball bats.
George R.R. Martin and 'Game of Thrones' have been parodied by 'Sesame Street'
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Ed Sheeran has appeared on ‘Sesame Street’ and it’s just as cute as we'd imagined.
Ed Sheeran has appeared on ‘Sesame Street’ to perform a special song with the gang which teaches children how to behave at school. The British singer filmed the performance back in October 2013, but it has only just been made available to watch online.
Ed Sheeran has appeared on 'Sesame Street'
Sheeran announced the video’s release this morning, posting a link on his Twitter page and writing, ”Filmed that a long time ago, happy it's finally out.” So far the just under three minute video has racked up over 90,000 views (though we’re guessing quite a lot of these were from Sheeran’s more grown-up fans).
Continue reading: Watch Ed Sheeran Perform On 'Sesame Street' With Elmo And Grover!
The Cookie Monster stars in a spoof that aims to teach kids about patterns
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will arrive in cinemas this month amidst a flurry of excitement and anticipation from the film's already ardent following. Any event as big as a new Hunger Games movie is prone to receive its fair share of spoofing, and with 'The Hungry Games: Catching Fur,' the Sesame Street gang may have already come up with the best spoof of the all.
Susan Thompson with some of the Sesame Street puppets, including (far R) the Cookie Monster
Starring the Cookie Monster in a segment aimed at getting kids more familiar with patterns, the 5-minute clip stars CM as Cookieness Evereat, a volunteer from the first 'The Hungry Games,' who returns to the competition for one more time.
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Brilliant, just brilliant.
Cookie Monster, everyone's favourite cookie-loving, blue furred hedonist, has dropped the song and video for his latest track, 'Me Want It' (But Me Wait)' - cover of Swedish duo Icona Pop's recent hit 'I Love It.' The video sees the member of the Sesame Street gang practising self-restraint in front of a big bowl of chocolate chip cookies.
"But now me know something//Self-control is something me must learn," he sings, "Me want it! But me wait." Seemingly, the track is being used to promote moderation and self-restraint where food is concerned, as America sees the number of overweight children rise in its obesity epidemic.
Listen To Cookie Monster Singing 'Me Want It (But Me Wait)':
A judge has dismissed three lawsuits accusing Sesame Street's Kevin Clash of sexual abuse. The Judge ruled the Statute of Limitations had run out on their claims. Clash left Sesame Street, after 30 years, in November 2012 as a result of these allegations.
A judge has ruled allegations made against former 'Elmo' puppeteer Kevin Clash cannot be taken further as the three accusers filed their claims too late. Of the five lawsuits filed against Clash, since autumn 2012, only one remains unresolved.
'Elmo' and Kevin Clash at Sesame Workshop's 8 Annual Benefit Gala, New York, 2010.
The allegations concern Clash's involvement with three men whilst they were underage. Three separate lawsuits were dismissed by the judge who said the statute of limitations had run out on the claims. This is because it is "more than six years after each plaintiff reasonably should have become aware of the defendant's alleged violations".
Continue reading: Judge Dismisses Allegations Against Sesame Street's Kevin Clash
The Elmo voice-actor has had all charges of sexual molestation dropped by a judge in federal court
It was a good day for Sesame Street and Kevin Clash, as the one-time Elmo voice-actor has been cleared of all charges of sexual molestation against three underaged boys, with the ruling judge at a federal court in New York saying that the defendants have waited too long to file their case.
The voice actor and puppeteer has been cleared of all charges
The lawsuits filed by Cecil Singleton, Kevin Kiadii and a 3rd unnamed accuser was deemed unfit for court, with the judge deciding that the cases against the voice actor and puppeteer was submitted too long after the statute of limitations had run out. As the judge detailed, the statute of limitations to sue someone for molestation expires 3 years after the accusers' 18th birthday and with Singleton - the man who cam forward to the police - aged 23 when he filed the report, he has missed the deadline.
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Joan Ganz Cooney - The Annual Sesame Workshop Benefit Gala is held at the Cipriani - Thursday 30th May 2013
Sesamy Street has remained the world’s favorite kids show (and no, that’s not an exaggeration) for over 40 years by staying current and recently, with the show taking to spoofing the most popular shows on air.
The latest production to come under fire? None other than Downton Abbey; although “fire” is probably too strong for a description for the lighthearted spoof that Sesame Street has done. Upside Downton Abbey is… well it’s funny, to be honest, even from the perspective of someone way out of Sesame Street’s demographic. Then again, the show has been known to hold its appeal with kids and adults alike. What other children’s show would think to parody a series about British aristocracy?
“Why is the tea not going in my cup?”
Continue reading: Upside Downton Abbey - Sesame Street Meets The Crawley Family