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Major Changes in store for Sesame Street Season 46

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by ssetta, Mar 14, 2015.

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  1. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    True. Remember for a while there, a chicken mistaking Rocco for an egg and trying to hatch it was becoming a once a season thing?
     
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  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I know that they have a very fleeting demographic and all, but that one was ridiculous. But not as bad as the once a season guessing game. Sometimes twice a season, like that lame birdwatching episode where Bert appeared for 2 minutes at the beginning and 30 seconds at the end airing the same season as the "Guess the Amphibian" game.

    Or worse... that season about Engineering that had the episode where the had to reenforce Little Red Riding Hood's baskets from the Big Bad Wolf, only to be followed by an episode where the three little pigs have to reenforce their house from the Big Bad Wolf. Really? Even then, storywise the Pigs episode made sense.
     
  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    There was some kind of conspiracy behind the whole engineering propaganda, I just know there was. Because around the time that season was on was also when Bill Nye made a sudden comeback on YT and pleaded with parents and teachers to stop teaching kids about creation and teach them about evolution, because evolution is somehow directly linked with engineering, and by not teaching kids about evolution, they won't develop an interesting in engineering, which the entire field was somehow in a state of unrest because apparently they were having trouble filling jobs or something.
     
  4. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Excuse my know-it-all attitude, but the Amphibian episode was from Season 40, and the Birdwatching episode (which I agree about it being lame) was from Season 41.
     
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    We need engineers and scientists to be competitive with other countries. Hopefully they'll manage to have enough of those jobs when this generation of kids actually does that stuff. Our technological advances shouldn't be stuck on
    making bacon smells come out of iPhones.

    And while the whole debate is muddied by very devious far righters, Creationism shouldn't be taught in schools any more than evolution should be taught in church. There are religious people that do indeed believe in evolution, and it doesn't take any of the positive messages out of it. Meanwhile, the Machiavellian schemes by far right politicians who want to spread scientific ignorance disguised as holiness (for various nasty motives, corporate and fear mongering) are far removed from what true Christianity is. Unless you're taking a religious studies course, those kids of beliefs don't belong anywhere else outside of their own religion.

    Seriously. Saying "God did it" isn't even something that can be taught, no matter what anyone believes.

    Either way, that "Bert" episode sucked. Those seasons were kinda lousy, actually (not entirely, though). The nature curriculum was the most repetitive and formulaic of all the curricula, and little of it was entertaining or enjoyable. It went to the same exact fountain of idea (notice the lack of pluralization). Animals eat different things. Animals make different sounds. Animals leave different footprints. All with the "let's guess what they [eat/sound like/leave as footprints]" with little variation. Taking aside the fact that everyone thinks kids looooooove nature programs (I'll spare you that rant or we'll be here all day), they were far more anvilicious about this concept than the panicky health and wellness initiative they bludgeoned everyone with. There's enough Nature Programming out there (again, mercifully sparing you that rant), Sesame Street didn't need to devote 2 seasons to it. Two seasons made of the exact same episode!
     
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  6. ssetta

    ssetta Active Member

    I saw some pics on Twitter and Instagram of some of the celebrities that will be on in Season 46. Among those are Gina Rodriguez, Gwen Stefani, and the group Fifth Harmony. I'm guessing they're Word on the Street segments because it says they were filmed in LA. Though I'm a bit surprised since these people are very similar to Katy Perry, and she got pulled off the show.
     
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  7. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    The Katy Perry thing had nothing to do with her; it was her outfit. From the photos I've seen, all the ladies are wearing conservative clothing.
     
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Still love the irony that her wearing a body suit underneath made it actually worse somehow.

    That said, at the risk of being that guy, anytime there's an update on April first, I gloss over it. It's usually the same gags anyway. Don't want to ruin anyone's fun by any means, and not trying to hurt anyone's feelings, but we all need to step up our game and do something truly brilliant as a AF gag.
     
  9. samusek2

    samusek2 New Member

    That is strange. I've seen their Twitter during this LA trip and most of the people they are filming with except for Gina Rodriguez and Tracee Ellis Ross are musicians. Do they usually go to California to tape the Word on The Streets and the majority of those, judging by the past few years feature actors and hosts. Do they also film musical segments as well? Plus I would think they would film more than just 4 a day with a Three-day trip?

    I wonder if they are actually not telling us the whole story and saving some surprise guests for the big reveal around July. Also, we have heard nothing about what they filmed or who they filmed with in NYC. Hmm... I guess we will just have to wait for the press pack!
     
  10. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    In the past couple of years they've been doing some musical segments taped in LA (like the Usher and Romeo Santos ones).
     
  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    If budget problems are an ongoing concern for them, how can they afford to travel to L.A. to tape (I thought they switched to "film" Season 39) little musical inserts?
     
  12. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    'Cause it's cheaper than flying a musical guest into NY, probably.
     
  13. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

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  14. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    I'm loving what I see there!!
     
  15. WalterLinz

    WalterLinz Well-Known Member

  16. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Who can?? :) :fanatic:
     
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  17. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    Those photos look nice! Looking forward to the rest of the new set soon! Although...the editor must've forgotten to proofread the article. Cookie Monster is clearly in Hooper's Store in one photo and the article has him as Grover. :insatiable:

    You know, on the same boat, I'd like to see them return those "Just Another Day" plots someday. There were common around the early '90s. If they need to decrease the amount of episodes with fairy tale plots, they can certainly have episodes with no plots, just like back in the '90s.
     
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  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I honestly can't tell much from those photos, I really can't - they're clearly teasers. Is that the same newsstand that Oscar ran during the ATC era? I also see what looks like the staircase from the carriage house, only that doesn't look like the carriage house its descending from.

    And . . . are my eyes playing tricks on me, or are those construction doors that border Big Bird's nest gone?
     
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  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I get that Sesame Street has these initiatives and they want to get the most mileage out of them by making as many of them street stories. he major and obvious downside is that it results in repetitive episodes that aren't spread out well in the show's schedule. Case in point, this week saw 3 "Fairy Tale Characters learn about Self Regulation" stories together. The same thing happened with the Nature initiative and the Engineering initiative. I think they could still get the point across with a couple less initiative focused episodes. After all, they still have initiative based segments they can fit into other episodes.

    But that's the one thing I think is missing with Sesame. We need more just so episodes. Something that doesn't need an educational focus, yet somehow naturally comes to one. I say this with the all due respect I'm not the target audience and it's not meant for me unless I had kids, but the little shows within a main show doesn't do all that much for me. However, I think that there's a nice compromise by replacing one of the weaker segments (cough cough...we all know the one) with a second act of the street story or at least a skit that takes place after or somehow connected in any way to the main street story. Now, say what you will about season 33, but if there's one thing I retroactively think they did right (just not perfectly) it was having a short street segment to start off the show, the main street story after the first skit, and then later another connected piece. I'd love to see them do that again, only starting with the main episode first, and having the song and other connected thing after that.
     
  20. muppet maniac

    muppet maniac Well-Known Member

    Behind the scenes video of the photoshoot posted earlier, where we have a better look at the new Street set:

     
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