Jimmy Fallon Responds To Kimmel’s McCartney Concert With ‘Sesame Street’ 44th Anniversary Schoolroom Instrument Cover: Video

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 6:32am PDT

While Jimmy Kimmel warms up for his new season — and new NBC competition — with twerk punks and Hollywood Blvd-closing Paul McCartney concerts, Jimmy Fallon responds with a Muppets Classroom Instruments Cover of the Sesame Street theme song in celebration of that show’s 44th anniversary, … Read More »

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Elmo Voice Kevin Clash Has Three Sex Abuse Lawsuits Thrown Out

By | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 10:32am PDT

A trio of sex with minors cases against former Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash were dismissed today based on the statute of limitations. A U.S District judge ruled Monday that Read More »

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New Yorker’s Supreme Court-DOMA Cover

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 2:39pm PDT

Titled “Bert and Ernie’s Moment Of Joy,” the cover artist Jack Hunter originally submitted the image to a Tumblr. Sesame Street has long denied that Bert and Ernie are anything more than friends:

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Sesame Workshop Cuts Workforce By 10%

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 2:43pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Once again Sesame Workshop is handing out pink slips. Around 30 employees at the producers of Sesame Street were let go today. This comes just more than a year after a dozen employees were shown the door at the non-profit last May. “We at Sesame Workshop are not immune to the challenges of today’s economic environment. After careful review, we have concluded that we must operate, and achieve our strategic priorities with fewer resources. Therefore, we have reluctantly determined that we must reduce our workforce by approximately 10%,” said CEO H. Melvin Ming in a note sent to staff this afternoon. Among those who have been let go are former Newsweek Inc CEO and Nickelodeon executive Tom Ascheim, who joined the company in March 2012 as EVP of the Sesame Learning program. Sesame Learning will be absorbed into other divisions of the company, Ming said today. The CEO also announced that the Corporate Strategy and the Business Systems Programming groups will be dissolved as of July 1st. Sesame Workshop’s Global Education department will also be melded into other units. Read More »

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YouTube Unveils First 30 Paid Channels

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT

Sesame Street and Young Turks are among 30 YouTube services that, beginning today, will offer content to people who pay a subscription fee following a 14-day free trial period. They’ll cost an average of $2.99 a month, payable via … Read More »

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Kevin Clash Sued By Fourth Accuser

By | Monday December 10, 2012 @ 5:50pm PST

A fourth man has filed a lawsuit against Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash alleging sexual abuse. The latest suit was filed today in Miami, NBC News reports. The unidentified accuser claims Clash befriended him in late 1995 … Read More »

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Third Accuser Files Suit Against Kevin Clash

By | Tuesday November 27, 2012 @ 12:14pm PST

A third man has filed a lawsuit against Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash, the longtime actor behind the PBS series’ leading character Elmo who resigned last week amid allegations of having underage sex with boys. The latest suit, … Read More »

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UPDATE: Kevin Clash Resigns From ‘Sesame Street’ As Second Accuser Files Lawsuit

By | Tuesday November 20, 2012 @ 9:55am PST

UPDATED: Sesame Street producer Sesame Workshop made it official on its blog this morning as a lawsuit was being filed in New York federal court charging Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash with sexual abuse of a minor, according to the Associated Press. The suit — which alleges that Cecil Singleton, then 15 and now an adult, was persuaded by Clash to meet for sexual encounters — marks the second accuser to come forward and allege an underage relationship with the multiple Emmy winner, who has been on the PBS series since 1982. Earlier this month, an unidentified man said he had a sexual relationship with Clash beginning when the man was 16. Clash took a leave of absence after those allegations were made public, but his accuser the next day took back his story, claiming the relationship was adult and consensual, and Clash said he was “relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest”. Here’s Sesame Workshop’s statement today announcing Clash’s departure: Read More »

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Accuser Of Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Recants Claim Of Underage Relationship

By | Tuesday November 13, 2012 @ 3:28pm PST

The unidentified man who said longtime Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash had a sexual relationship with him while he was underage has taken back his story. Through a release from his Pennsylvania law firm, the man said Read More »

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‘Sesame Street’ Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash On Leave Amid Underage Sex Allegations

By | Monday November 12, 2012 @ 7:54am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Sesame Street‘s signature character Elmo will probably soon sound a little different. Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who has performed as the beloved red monster for the past 27 years, has been put on leave by Sesame Street producer Sesame Workshop over allegations he had a sexual relationship with a teen boy. The move comes on the heels of Sesame Street becoming a symbol of the campaign to defund PBS following Mitt Romney’s Big Bird comments during the first Presidential debate. Read More »

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UPDATE: Sesame Workshop Wants Obama’s Big Bird Ad Taken Down

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 10:22am PDT

UPDATE, 10:22 AM: The production company behind Sesame Street is not happy with the new Obama campaign ad slamming Mitt Romney and featuring footage of Big Bird (see it below). “Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate … Read More »

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‘The Daily Show’ Rips Fox News For Slamming ‘Sesame Street’; Jon Stewart Goes Full Muppet: Video

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 7:53am PDT

The fallout over Mitt Romney’s presidential debate promise to cut federal funds to PBS continues with Jon Stewart turning the argument against Sesame Street on its fuzzy head. Then it’s a visit to This Week With George Snuffleupagus. Watch the video:

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R.I.P. Jerry Nelson

By | Friday August 24, 2012 @ 2:47pm PDT

Jerry Nelson, a puppeteer with Sesame Street for more than four decades, has died. He was 78. Nelson was best known for voicing the numbers-obsessed Count von Count, but was behind dozens of beloved characters including Snuffleupagus, Sherlock … Read More »

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U.S. Pulls Plug On Funding For Pakistani ‘Sesame Street’

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 4:44pm PDT

The U.S. has halted funding for a Pakistani version of Sesame Street amid allegations of financial mismanagement by a local organization that co-developed the project. U.S. Embassy spokesman Robert Raines said … Read More »

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Pink Slips at Sesame Workshop

By | Thursday May 24, 2012 @ 12:27pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: About a dozen people were laid off today at Sesame Workshop, producers of Sesame Street. The job cuts were at the company’s main New York offices as it “shifted some resources to better align with our strategic priorities and … Read More »

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ABC And ‘General Hospital’ Top Daytime Emmy Award Nominations

2012 Daytime Emmy AwardsThe nominations for the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced this morning. ABC received 56 nominations, ahead of PBS (51), syndication (46), Nickelodeon (40), CBS (33), and NBC (24). General Hospital‘s 23 nominations topped Sesame Street (16), The Young And The Restless (16), Days Of Our Lives (15), and The Ellen DeGeneres Show(12). National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Chairman Malachy Wienges says that negotiations are still taking place to have the June 23 awards telecast. The awards are presented by NATAS in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Here are the nominees in the main categories:

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‘Sesame Street’ Producers: Bert & Ernie Are Not Gay

By | Thursday August 11, 2011 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In the grand tradition of the Tinky Winky Teletubby, who was constantly dogged by speculation that he is gay, fellow pre-school characters Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street too have been battling rumors that they’re a closeted gay … Read More »

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2011 TCA AWARDS: ‘Friday Night Lights’ Wins Program Of The Year, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Named Best New Show

Nellie Andreeva

As a new NBC series, Friday Night Lights won Outstanding New Program at the Television Critics Association’s awards in 2007. Four years later, as a departing DirecTV show, Friday Night Lights tonight won the top TCA award, Program of the Year. HBO’s Game of Thrones was named outstanding new program during the non-televised ceremony hosted by Parks and Recreation co-star Nick Offerman at the Beverly Hilton. Oprah Winfrey got a career achievement TCA award to go with her recently awarded Oscar “for her influence through 25 seasons of The Oprah Winfrey Show,” while Offerman received an Individual Achievement in Comedy Award to make up for the Emmy-nomination snub last month. CBS’ The Amazing Race, whose best series Emmy-winning streak was broken last year, is starting a new one at the TCA Awards, winning the first award in newly established reality program category. Here is the list of the winners in 12 categories voted by the members of TCA, a media organization comprised of more than 200 professional TV critics and journalists from the U.S. and Canada:

Program of the Year
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV/NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
Mad Men (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
Modern Family (ABC)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
The Amazing Race (CBS) Read More »

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