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Elmo's Christmas Countdown

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Barry Lee, Jul 24, 2007.

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  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah... technically. It would be the first Non-Public television special in primetime, so let's leave it at that.

    That said, if this does well, think about the possibilities. We may have a primetime major network (non-PBS) 40th anniversary special if this can prove that it can stand out on commercial TV. It has been a while since one of those has been on. Street we live on was PBS exclusive (not to mention it counted as an episode), but we really need a 40 years and counting special just like the ones they used to have.
  2. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    I understand what you mean. I just keep thinking that even if the special is successful, it doesn't mean a genuine "40 years" special would be produced. It seems more important to keep Elmo in front. "Follow the money." Although, I have learned that anything is possible. I won't say "it will never happen." :)

    Television, and particularly network TV, is just not a good state right now. The place to find the quality entertainment of the past is the web (and it's not always on the level, hehe). It's hard to predict what's going to happen. At least, I don't know, lol.
  3. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

    Spoiler Warning!

    Highlight this box if you want to know what the show is about with your cursor. Again: SPOILER ALERT!

    Stiller the Elf comes to SS to give Oscar the Grouch a box that contains the '10 Christmas Countdowns'. (No it's not the 10-days of Christmas.) The script's description is a little confusing as to how this box is. The script refers to boxes and windows but my best interpretation is that the larger box contains 10-smaller boxes and each has it's own window.

    It was Oscar who was selected to open the 10 Christmas Countdowns.
    Oscar refuses to do the 10 Christmas Countdowns.
    And breaks into song; "I hate Christmas" then the box falls and the 10 Christmas Countdowns scatter about Sesame Street where Elmo and Abby collect them 1-by-1 for Stiller the Elf.

    Without the 10 Christmas Countdowns, Christmas won't arrive.

    When each little box is found it opens to reveal a separate Christmas story such as Brad Paisley,
    The Sopranos actors or Big Bird and Gwyneth Paltrow who would sing; "I want a Snuffleupagus for Christmas" but from what I heard she pulled out of the show.

    Jerry Nelson recorded his voice as the count, but is puppeteered by Matt Vogel.


    Directed by this guy:
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0357143/
  4. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I love how you did that. It looked really cool.
  5. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Hmm... I'm terribly intruiged. Thanks for posting that, Kev!
  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    So... this really will basically be mostly about Elmo and Abby Cadabby then, eh? Figured.
  7. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

    Remember when Sesame Street was still about all the characters on the show? Even the human cast?
  8. Barry Lee

    Barry Lee Active Member

    This actually seems good, and personally, I mean it also has Oscar in it as well, and they have little vignettes supposedly, so I dont think it will revolve around Elmo & Abby. This seems like a campy 70's special though, hah.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Hmmm... Looks like we won't be seeing much of Jerry in this special. Just the Count's voice. Hopefully he'll be around during the season of the show.
  10. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that, nice way to handle a spoiler, hehe. It seems OK, I like that they're using the I Hate Christmas Song. And that we'll at least her Jerry's voice. I'm disapointed that more characters won't be included.

    The argument that "Well it's for a younger audience" is kinda strange. I watched classic Sesame Street when I was 1 and 2 (at least I'm told I did heh) and it didn't turn me off. I didn't have to wait until I was 4 or 5 to enjoy it. I wasn't desperate for an Elmo's World type segment. I really don't think kids change that much just because an expert says it's true.

    Bottom line, I think it's too simple to say "kids like Elmo's World." There have always been kids who enjoy Elmo's World most, like there were kids who enjoyed Barney most. But there are other kids who don't, and they are not being represented.

    And I'm still turning the show off when The Sopranos come on, heh. We'll see how it goes. :)
  11. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Well at least the count will be in it, and thats always good. I really want to see somthing good come from Big Bird he is such a great muppet and has kind of went away from the spot light.
  12. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

  13. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

  14. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    So Kevin won't perform Elmo? He's just gonna provide the voice?:confused:
  15. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    Well it's not so much that it's for a younger audience. It's just that Kids started watching at a younger age and less older kids we're staring to watching it them used to because it started to be viewed as for younger children by older children then it use to be. So sense more younger children we're tuning in, they geared it more towards them because they we're starting to become it's target audience. But the argument is they "Dumbed Down" And simplified the show because it was to complicated for them and to much to keep up with. So they lose Around the corner, Focus on core characters and create Elmo's world because that say that there younger audience was truing to other thing that were easier for them to understand or just losing interest in the show and ever truing the TV off. During this period, the rating took a huge nose dive...season 29-32, So in 33 they completely over haled the show to meet the needs of it's audience, and the ratings were bigger then that had been in years. There ratings we're actually at a peak in the 90s'. But I personally like how they always go in a different directing and change things up ever certain amount of years. You just don't want to keep things stale. I think we're heading in another directions very slowly right now.
  16. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    It seems strange that they only have Eric listed as doing Grover, but Steve's there as Ernie... I hope Bert shows up. :smirk:
  17. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Active Member

    I have to admit with this type of wackyness is somthing that I would expect SS to produce within the funky 70 or at least within the 90s when it was at it high of power. :sympathy:
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    He probably will perform him. This is imdb remember? The one that said Capt. Smollet was going to be in VMX.




    AS for it being an Elmo special... what were you expecting at this point in the game? Herry's Christmas count down?
  19. Barry Lee

    Barry Lee Active Member

    Darn it I thought it was Proffesor Hasting's Christmas Countdown!
  20. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Well once Sherry Netherland dropped out of being the title character for "personal reasons", and then Herry had a nose surgery at the last minute, Elmo seemed like the only logical choice. :p


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