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Sesame Street Season 42 News

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Drtooth, Apr 8, 2011.

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  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's early yet, and hopefully when the time comes, we'll have more news posted here... but to clarify with some week old April Fools pranks, here are some REAL facts about what's going on:

    What has been reported so far:

    Child Puppeteer prodigy Tau Bennett will perform along side Kevin Clash in an Insert.

    Grover will appear in a segment with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony of the NY Knicks

    and celebrities will include Craig Ferguson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sofia Vergara, and Joel McHale.

    And some of season 43 will be shot during this period as well as season 42.
    The slim amount of info has been posted on wikia

    I hope we hear some juicy updates soon.
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I hope there won't be any issues and controversies with Sophia Vergara like there was with Katy Perry... knowwhutImean?
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Nah, they've learned their lesson... probably put here in a burque or something to appease backwards folk that think it's still the 1800's.
  4. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Caroll Spinney said Katey Perry was going to make another guest appearance season 42 but who knows how that ended up working out now, he said that back in October.
  5. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Rico Rodriguez and Joel McHale both tweeted that they'll be appearing in Season 42 as well.

    SOOOO freaking excited that Craig Ferguson is in this season!
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Simple... make her dress up like a nun or something. Get her a Disney World walk around and remove the head. Re-film the Hot and Cold segment where she's wearing an oversized sweatsuit like someone who wants to hide their body. Solution!
  7. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Well-Known Member

    Dressing her up as a nun could cause controversy in the same vein as her original outfit *smirk*

    In all seriousness, I'm glad I found this thread, I'm looking forward to Tau's appearance.
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Head's Up! We've got another "initiative" on our hands, Gang!

    This year, they're going to talk about money and saving it (not at ALL suspicious with a bank sponsoring it...). i just hope it's nice and subtle, and not in your face.

    Seriously... when McD's sponsored, we didn't have a hamburger initiative....
  9. DTF

    DTF Well-Known Member

    Well, if we get "Born to Add" as a song, if we get more math, and so on, it *could* be very good. Telly could earn money for a new pogo stick by helping rake leaves, etc., could help them learn about how money is earned. It has the potential, anyway.

    However, it can also have the potential to be really in your face and hopefully they don't try to talk down tot he kids too much, which they might fear they have to becasue preschoolers have a hard time witht he concept.

    This could be very good or really bad.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The problem with initiatives is simple...

    If the nature and health one were any indication, everything will take a noticeable backseat to a one or two season "focus" (read: overexposure), and we'll see less and less variety in the educational content.

    Now, what I hated with the nature focus is they spent TOO many episodes on the same "everything is different" subject. There were some good ones (Rock Band) and some terrible guessing game ones.... guess what they did more?

    SS is trying to do too much in the little time frame they have. They only get 26 eps a season, each one about 50 minutes if anything.... now, consider that they have to lop of 15 minutes per episode for EW... and let's say another 10 for some other thing... that leaves less than a half an hour for letters, numbers, reading, math, health, finance, nature, and sundry other things. TOO MUCH.

    Now, let's look at older episodes... they managed to talk about all that and MORE without shoving it down the kiddies' throats. Any "focus" they gave to the curriculum was just adding a couple new segments in rotation, not taking away from fundamentals.

    If they do a few, 2 or 3, episodes where they main story is about saving and money, fine... if 20 out of 26 are the same plot about the same subject, that's not going to keep anyone, kids or their parents interested.

    That said... heheheheh... I'd love to see an episode where Elmo decides to put all his money in the bank, and then gets a statement a month later that the entire amount he put in was swallowed by bank fees they just invented because the stock holders wanted MOAR money. :)
  11. RyGuy

    RyGuy Active Member

    Hello, Ryguy here. How has your spring been ? Haven't posted in a while .

    I have a new sesame curriculum idea for a future season :

    How about dedicating an entire season to storylins and skits revolving around people with Special-needs. I know the progam has touched on the subject of disabillities from time to time throught the seasons through Terrah and Traction Jackson Jackson and what not . But the've never made it an area to hone in on and explore . I have CP and and Aspergers and I know first hand what it was like growing up disabled . Here are suggested storylines

    There could be amuppet "school " segment (gosh, I miss those ) where an anything Muppet boy with autisum is afraird of fire drills (I've been there too ) SS has never had a muppet school segment about fire drills either so making a sketch such as this would accomplish two curriculim goals : intoducing the feeling of startled and the message about fire safety in school. and safety measures and that people with autisum are just normal peple liike us

    other ideas for that season include :

    Guests could include :

    Terrah talking about her disabilty to this generation.

    the Oak Ridge Boys could sing Touch A hand Make a Friend abot not being shy around the disabled and it's okay to shake hands and make friends regardlesss of whether people have special-needs

    George Jones could sing "Same Ole Me " and turn it into a song about just because you're different you're still the same old you no mater what .

    they could have a segment wher a muppet girl sits next to a muppetwith a talking-borad device in a wheelchair andthe girl could be confused how to talk with him andthe talking machine ( voiced by Kevin Clash or Farn Brill ) could "say " Hello. my named is Rasheem ( this would be the first muppet skit where a Muppet had a name other than "Jimmy " or "Cara " I don't think the've had a anything Muppet "student with a more "cultural " name before. and this could be leson about patience and waiting for people to answe and incrase social skills possibilties .

    I think this is kind of overdue but not way overdue sort of in-the -middle and I think that there should be at least six "street Stories " center around disabilties ( making Hooper's acessible , Emily ( Mrs. Rosen's daughter from Season 33-ish )should make more apperances.

    A storyline could be about a human cast member's Mother or "older friend " that uses a cane to help him walk due to "old age " and that he needs assistant getting around now .
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I am in no way opposed to education of disabilities and inclusion of characters in Sesame Street.

    I AM opposed to when these characters are just there to say "Hi! I'm different from you and representing people like me" and do nothing of value or importance. Then to have that character disappear when the writers just can't think up ways to conveniently slip them into a scene. Characters like that are written with kid gloves, and therefore they don't seem genuine.

    Arthur has talked about this in one of the best ways possible. They created a LIKELY character that befriended one of the other characters, they explained his case thoroughly, and they even managed to strategically bring him back in a future episode, WITHOUT saying "Oh yeah, he's the Asperger's kid". They used a character to explain a disability, not using a disability to add a character.

    The opposite, unfortunately, what Sesame Street did with Tarrah. All she did was show up as the kid in the wheelchair, she didn't have much to say, and just nodded her head when Big Bird said anything. Now, it's not the actress's fault, it's not the disability's fault... it's the writers. They don't want to add personality or tension for fears that something's going to be portrayed in a negative light, and they're going to get letters from the same people who suggested they add a character to represent them.

    If SS should talk about special needs kids, they need to do it RIGHT! Add one with personality, one that's not up front in every episode, and strategically written into specific shows where his/her character can shine as a regular, flesh and blood human that's different from the norm, but can hang out just the same with everyone else. Don't just add one for the sake of adding one, and botch it up. A flat character who's ONLY known for a disability is WORSE than not addressing it at all.

    So above all, GREAT idea for a curriculum... I just hope they manage to do it the justice it deserves.
  13. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Well-Known Member

    Looks like Bert & Ernie will be featured in a street story for season 42, according to Tough Pigs (check out the behind-the-scenes video at the link below):


    Good to see Eric and Steve back performing the muppet versions of Bert & Ernie besides the claymation versions.
  14. TSSD

    TSSD Well-Known Member

    A street story with Bert, Ernie, and Oscar? That's just too awesome!
  15. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Keep in mind, they filmed season 42 and part of season 43 at the same time. While I hope this airs as part of season 42, it could very well not air until season 43.
  16. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Good to hear Roscoe Orman's still around as well. In another thread, someone startled me with the news that he was departing, but I guess that was just a rumor. I wonder how involved B&E (not sure if we still have those Muppet smilies or not) will really be involved there. Remember we were disappointed at 'Bert's Pigeon Seach' since Bert had such a small role in that one. But I'll check out the videos when I get a chance.
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Personally, I'm just glad we're getting news that we;re having an episode featuring Ernie and Bert and we're getting the evidence to prove it. Remember last time when we had snippets of news about Bert being in multiple episodes, but he just had a third of a street story cameo in one, and he wasn't in the other? I guess they wrote the synopses based on the original scripts when they did that.
  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    The fact that they're filming BOTH Season 42, and part of 43 doesn't sound like good news to me: usually when series film two seasons at a time like that, they're getting ready to wrap up production for good.
  19. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Maybe there was a little something to that April Fool's joke I posted. Hmmmmm.
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I've heard quite a few people talking about how they feel that maybe perhaps it's time that SST comes to an end, and that if it does, they really wouldn't miss too much, considering how much the show has changed beyond recognition.

    IMHO, even though I haven't even been able to actually watch the show regularly in years, and I don't even really know much about what's actually going on with it, I would be very saddened if it were to end anytime soon, because it's such an interquette part of mine, and practically everybody's lives, and has been for over forty years: yes, the show has changed rapidly in the past decade or so, but keep in mind, SST has BEEN changing since day one... maybe the more recent changes weren't quite as subtle as older changes have been, but the thing to remember is that this show was always considerd an "experiment", and it will continue to be an "experiment". The most important thing is that it serves it's purpose to educate preschool children and help better prepare them for the academic challenges of grade school, and it's been proven that kids who watch (educational) television do better academically than kids who don't watch television, and part of that has been thanks to SST.

    I would very much like to be able to celebrate 50 years; as big of a hoopla 40 was, just imagine how 50 would be like. I would hate to miss that.

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