The Week: Most Recent Television:Sesame Street recent posts.en-usMon, 12 Nov 2012 12:43:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Television:Sesame Street from THE WEEKMon, 12 Nov 2012 12:43:00 -0500Elmo's puppeteer accused of sex with underage boy: A guide<img src="" /></P><p class="s4"><span class="s1">In an allegation that's sure to send Tickle Me Elmo sales plummeting this holiday season, the man behind one of <em>Sesame Street</em>'s most famous puppets has been accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with an underage boy. Kevin Clash, 52, the voice of Elmo since 1984, has taken a leave of absence from the show to handle the allegations, which he vehemently denies; Clash does admit to having had a relationship with his accuser, but says that it did not begin until the accuser was an adult and that the affair "was between two consenting adults." The now-23-year-old accuser reached out to </span><span class="s2">Sesame...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 12 Nov 2012 12:43:00 -0500Could a Sesame Street movie match The Muppets' success?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Big Bird is heading to the movies. According to <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>, a new big-screen adaptation of <em>Sesame Street, </em>PBS's long-running educational children's series,<em> </em>is in the works (if still scriptless). <em>Sesame Street</em> has tried films before: 1985's <em>Follow That Bird</em> and 1999's <em>The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland</em>, both of which were character-driven narrative vehicles. And last year, of course, <em>The Muppets</em> movie scored big by resurrecting a related children's franchise.&nbsp;Can&nbsp;<em>Sesame Street </em>exploit that same nostalgia?&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><strong>Absolutely: </strong>Obviously, this <em>Sesame Street</em> project was inspired...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 21 Jun 2012 14:24:00 -0400Being Elmo: 5 revelations about Sesame Street's star<img src="" /></P><p>Whether you're a toddler watching <em>Sesame Street</em> for the first time or an adult antsy with nostalgic anticipation for the upcoming <em>Muppet Movie</em>, it's often easy to forget that there's a human being controlling the franchise's beloved characters. One such puppeteer, Kevin Clash, is the subject of the new documentary <em>Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey</em>. The film was released in theaters this weekend after winning rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival this winter. Here are five of the film's most charming revelations about Elmo and the 6-foot-tall, husky-voiced black man who gives life to him: ...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 24 Oct 2011 15:32:00 -0400Sesame Street's new 'poverty-stricken' Muppet<img src="" /></P><p>Not every day is a sunny day on PBS' <em>Sesame Street</em>, particularly for Lily, a new "poverty-stricken" Muppet who will star in a one-hour prime-time special (airing Oct. 9) that aims to teach kids about poverty and hunger. In the special, co-hosted by country singer Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Lily reveals that "sometimes I go with my family to the food pantry." That really affects fellow-Muppet Elmo. "Elmo never has to think about where his next meal is coming from," he says. After helping teach kids about death (R.I.P. Mr. Hooper), the recession (Elmo's mother was...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 05 Oct 2011 14:22:00 -0400Only in America: Sesame Street clarifies puppets' sexuality<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The story:</strong>&nbsp;Well, that settles it. The creators of a much-hyped&nbsp;petition demanding that&nbsp;<em>Sesame Street</em> buddies&nbsp;Bert and Ernie get married (even though the roommates of 42 years have never come out as gay) got a smackdown of sorts from the Muppets' creators on Thursday. After the petition drive triggered heated debate&nbsp; &mdash; LGBT activists claimed a same-sex Muppet union would send an unprecedented message of tolerance to <em>Sesame Street</em>'s young viewers &mdash; Sesame Workshop released a&nbsp;statement clarifying the puppets' sexuality... or, rather, lack thereof. "Even though...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 12 Aug 2011 11:00:00 -0400Should Bert and Ernie get married?<img src="" /></P><p>Can you tell me how to get... to the same-sex wedding on <em>Sesame Street</em>? A group of gay-rights activists would like to give PBS some directions on that front. Through, the group is&nbsp;petitioning&nbsp;to have popular <em>Sesame Street</em>&nbsp;roommates Bert and Ernie get married. While the creators of <em>Sesame Street</em> have never confirmed the long-standing rumor that the puppet pals are actually gay, the petition (signed by more than 700 people) argues that the move would teach tolerance and acceptance to the young viewers of the children's program. Is it time for Bert and Ernie to say "I do...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 09 Aug 2011 11:53:00 -0400Is 'Sesame Street' becoming more gay-friendly?<img src="" /></P><p>"Sesame Street" has long been about accepting oneself and those different from you, but recent developments have pundits wondering if the show is making a particular effort to appeal to gay parents. The developments in question: A number of gay and gay-friendly guest stars and skits this season, and a recent, much ballyhooed tweet from Bert (of Bert and Ernie fame) that some interpreted as a coming out declaration. A show representative dismisses the notion that "Sesame Street" producers have made any conscious changes, saying "we've always reached out to a variety of actors and athletes and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 26 Oct 2010 12:23:00 -0400The latest Tweets on 'Sesame Street'</P><div class="twitterBlock"></div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 24 Oct 2010 18:14:00 -0400Katy Perry and 10 other 'Sesame Street' controversies<img src="" /></P><p>Amid obsessive interest from the media, the producers of "Sesame Street" last week decided not to broadcast a segment featuring a scantily-clad Katy Perry singing a duet with Elmo. (Watch the original clip and Perry's spoof of it on "Saturday Night Live.") Some parents and critics had charged that the combined effect of the pop star's plunging neckline and bouncy antics rendered the performance, previewed on YouTube, unfit for toddlers' eyes. But this dust-up is just the latest episode in a surprising legacy of controversy for the iconic show. Here are ten other cases where Big Bird and company...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 27 Sep 2010 17:33:00 -0400Katy Perry: 'Too sexy' for 'Sesame Street'<img src="" /></P><p class="p2"><strong>The video:</strong> Katy Perry is probably as famous for her seemingly endless array of skimpy, figure-hugging outfits as for her pop hits "I Kissed a Girl" and "California Girls." Even so, you might have expected her to put some clothes on for her appearance on "Sesame Street," that perennial favorite of pre-schoolers. But Perry dressed for her duet of "Hot and Cold" with Elmo much as she did for her music video with Snoop Dogg: In a cleavage-baring look. <strong><br /></strong><strong>The reaction:</strong> "'Sesame Street' is supposed to be for toddlers, right?" asks Matt Cherette at <em>Gawker</em>. Was it really too much to ask "playmate" Perry to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 23 Sep 2010 12:40:00 -0400