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Meet Leela, Sesame Street’s newest cast member

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah I forgot about Chris, but I really did enjoy watching him, he was very funny. :)

    Yes, we usually hear about other countries in regards to their governments, etc (and I'm sure people look at the US in the same way sometimes). We don't always get to hear about the people.
  2. Great article! It reminded me that the human characters are equally as important as the puppets for making Sesame Street such a great show.
  3. ISNorden

    ISNorden Well-Known Member

    Absolutely; as vital as the Muppets have been in giving Sesame Street its unique style, I'm glad that the Workshop has begun paying more attention to human characters lately.
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Plus, it's always just so much fun to hear about other cultures out there. I've seen a lot of Indian characters in TV shows lately, but most are sadly just goofy accented buffoons (cough cough Unhitched). the only other positive Indian character i've seen on a TV series as of late is Kelly from The Office.
  5. dabauckham

    dabauckham Well-Known Member

    Another great Indian actress is Parminder Nagra. She played the lead in "Bend it Like Beckham" (great, great movie) and now has an important role on ER. However, when you look at her costar from "Bend it Like Beckham" Keira Knightly you can see that Keira has had A LOT more work than Parminder (Atonement, Pirates of the Caribbean, and many more movies).

    Why is that, you may ask? Well, unfortunately there still aren't as many roles out there for minority groups as there should be. Don't get me wrong, I think that Keira and Parminder are both extremely talented actresses and anyone who hasn't seen "Bend it Like Beckham" absolutely needs to. It's a great insight into British Indian family dynamics.

    Getting back to the point - I am very excited that Sesame Street will now have an Indian character! Nitya/Leela looks like she'll be an excellent and talented addition to the show. :)
  6. Redsonga

    Redsonga Well-Known Member

    Which show is that? :search:
  7. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Well-Known Member

    He was referring to Futurama, where Leela, one of the lead characters, is a sexy one-eyed alien who captains a delivery spaceship. Quite different from this Leela! :coy:
  8. Redsonga

    Redsonga Well-Known Member

    Oh well, not everyone watches that so I don't think there will be much of a mix up :)
  9. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I watch Futurama occasionally and it honestly didn't occur to me. ::shrugs:: :)
  10. BEAR

    BEAR Well-Known Member

    Actually, they had a new human cast member this season. It was Gordon and Susan's nephew Chris. But this is still exciting news.:wisdom: :)
  11. ISNorden

    ISNorden Well-Known Member

    I'm a "she", but yes--I was indeed referring to the Leela from Futurama. As for the generation gap, I was thinking: "Adults hear that name and think 'one-eyed spaceship captain'; their kids hear it and think 'lady from India running a laundromat'." Not a big deal, but still a generation gap...akin to the confusion I felt when TV producers named a certain purple dinosaur "Barney", after I grew up with the Flintstones.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Sonsidering he was almost a bear, I hate to think of what would happen to the likes of Yogi, Balloo, and a certain unfunny comic we all know :o .

    So, outside of this, is there any info as to what the new curriculum is going to focus on? If we were running betting odds, I'd say Environmentalism. It seems as fashionable as the whole healthy thing did a couple years ago when SS focused on that.

    I want to hear of TV parodies, myself. And what celebs are going to appear on the new season.
  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    And let's not forget Barney Fife from The Andy Griffith Show!;)

    To tell you the truth, whenever I develop original characters, this is the reason why I always try to give my characters names you don't hear very often, or I'm pretty sure there isn't a major fictional character who already has the name.
  14. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Well-Known Member

    Yeah, two very different Barneys! That's a good example. I'm trying to think of others, but I can't really come up with any.

    And I'm sorry for calling you a boy! This forum doesn't have gender identifiers on the profile, so it happens way more than it should. :o
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Here's another I can think of...

    In the 60s, two popular shows on the air were Hogan's Heroes and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.: both shows had a character named Carter, and both of those Carters were the rank of Sergeant, so there were two "Sergeant Carter"s on TV at the same time back in those days.
  16. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

  17. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    If they've just released a photo that clearly means we'll be hearing a lot more in days to come.
  19. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    I just noticed that "Not for public use" sign, heh!
  20. DTWolf

    DTWolf Well-Known Member

    Speaking of generation gaps . . .

    I've been neglecting my Muppet Central reading lately, so I read through this entire thread today. And when I came to the first comment about the different Leelas, I immediately thought, Oh, yes, that's right, Dr. Who.

    On one season of the original Dr. Who, the Doctor had a companion named Leela, a cavewoman-type who ran around in a relatively scanty leather leotard offering to attack people with her knife.

    (Surely I'm not the only one at MC geeky enough to have watched Dr. Who?)

    By the way, I have never watched an episode of Futurama.

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