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As we reported earlier, Muppets puppeteer and voice-actor Jerry Nelson has passed away. With a list of voice credits that includes The Count for Sesame Street, Robin the Frog for the Muppets, Gobo Fraggle of Fraggle Rock and Emmet Otter for Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas, I felt compelled to scour Youtube for some of the man's best musical moments in the Muppetverse.
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Jerry Nelson has passed away. Those who grew up watching Sesame Street may be more familiar with his voice than his name or face. Nelson was the voice and puppeteer behind a number of characters, including Count von Count, otherwise known as the Count, the Dracula-like purple vampire with a deep appreciation for numbers.
Sesame Workshop, which produces the famed Sesame Street had financial problems just a few years ago. Back in 2009, despite being the 15th most watched kids program on television, the company was forced to let go more than 60 of its employees after funding was cut. Today, the company was forced to hand out pink slips to another 12 employees, this time mostly in the Digital Media department.
Most of us with fond memories of the long-running children’s series Sesame Street are familiar with Roscoe Orman’s version of Gordon Robinson, as he played the part of the friendly teacher since 1974. However before him, Hall Miller and Matt Robinson had the part. But the original Gordon, who appeared in an unaired pilot, is an unknown man that Sesame Street is trying to track down.
In an odd bit of co-branding, the introduction of Lily is coming as part of a one-hour special called Growing Hope Against Hunger, sponsored by Walmart and also featuring singer brad Paisley and his wife. The show seems to be part of an ongoing Walmart effort to bring attention not just to families going hungry, but the even bigger problem of "food deserts" and general lack of access to nutritious food
Can you tell me how to get a gay marriage on Sesame Street? With an online petition, that’s how! A petition asking Sesame Street to have Bert and Ernie - long considered by many to be the gayest characters in children’s television - enter into matrimony has appeared online and sparked all kinds of controversy. The petition is closing in on 3000 signatures in favor of the Muppet marriage.
While you might have better things to do than watch a Sesame Street clip, especially if you don't have kids, this one is worth looking at if you’re a fan of the famous “I’m on a Horse” Old Spice commercial.
The Simpsons is planning a parody of Katy Perry’s controversial Sesame Street cleavage problem, with a little help from Katy Perry
It seems Katy Perry’s not welcome on Sesame Street… or her cleavage isn’t, anyway. So say some of the parents who, after glimpsing the low-cut dress she was wearing in a clip from an upcoming episode, complained and got Perry’s appearance pulled.
This month and February, Sesame Street is set to feature numerous celebrity guest appearances, including a visit from Eva Longoria, Hugh Jackman and Christina Applegate.
In response to the struggles the economy is putting on many American families these days, Sesame Street is producing a special set to air in September that’s meant to help families find a sense of security during a time when their financial situation might be less than secure.