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Sesame Street will continue to air on re-branded Sprout Channel

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by BuddyBoy600alt, Sep 17, 2015.

  1. BuddyBoy600alt

    BuddyBoy600alt Well-Known Member

  2. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    That's so sad.

    I grew up watching Sesame Street on PBS Kids Sprout.

    What a shame.
  3. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    So Sesame Street (temporarily) leaves PBS for the first time in forever, shrinks down to half an hour, and now it's leaving Sprout, all happening within the same couple of months?

    It's the end of the world as we know it. :concern: :grouchy:
  4. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    I wish Sesame Street would stay because you get to see older episodes in the network, but now that won't happen anymore.

    Sesame Street is really falling apart at the seams. (So to speak...)
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  5. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Well...if I ever get cable or satellite TV one day, Sprout will no longer be a channel that may be worth my time...
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's not technically leaving PBS. Reruns will still be rerun, and they'll be able to rerun the new episodes almost a year later. Kinda sucky, but Sesame isn't going anywhere. HBO probably saved them at any rate.

    But this Sprout thing sounds like it's sweeping changes, not just singling out Sesame Street. I wouldn't have been surprised if HBO wouldn't let Sprout rerun the show, but this doesn't seem to be the case. Seems it was going to get kicked off of Sprout regardless, as it's a rebranding issue. Though I have to agree with some of the website's annoyance. Seriously?! They're keeping Baldy McTempertantrum? How is that Adam Sandler in The Waterboy sounding tyke so popular still? But Super Why getting kicked off the network too? Heh Heh. Kick it off regular PBS too.
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  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    So the fact that my post in this thread was deleted for being inappropriate seems to kind of help make my point: do we really want somebody like Alyssa Milano to be a spokesperson for a pre-school channel?
  8. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    Yeah...when I meant the show is leaving PBS, I meant in terms of broadcasting new, first-run episodes on its home channel. As far as I know, that's happened since the beginning, over 45 years ago. It's good that reruns will still be on the channel, but it's still kind of disappointing first-run episodes are going somewhere else for the first time since 1969.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'd really like to see SW take advantage of whatever money HBO's giving them and do something with some older episodes. HBO supposedly is going to have 150 older episodes somewhere (unless I read something wrong), but I'd like to see SW offer some older episodes somewhere. Unfortunately, yes even if it means charging for them. I really would love to see the cable channel's money go to some archival action at SW. Seems that's somewhere they're understaffed. Thousands of hours of TV programming, all those segments, some are still lost to the general public. They have to be there somewhere.

    Yeah, but does it even matter? The parents aren't going to care that much about what roles she played, the preschoolers have never seen anything with her in it. Lots of risque actors and actresses contributed to kid's stuff over the years, and visa versa, a lot of kid's actors/voice actors do other stuff for adults.
  10. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    But if they have a rather bad reputation or have gotten negative attention from a significant number of people, yes it does matter. Case in point? Bill Cosby. After all the negative hype he's gotten lately, what probability would there be that people would want to see him work in children's television again? His reputation has been completely damaged from what's happened since his days hosting Picture Pages. While Alyssa Milano has worked in the adult industry, between him and her, who would people prefer to see host Sprout? Many would say the latter.
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    What makes the Bill Cosby case so painful is that he's pretty much been doing what he did even before Fat Albert, a cartoon designed to teach kids morals. he was willfully doing that while working in the children's entertainment industry. A child star who got desperate and did thing (no matter at what point in her career) can genuinely regret the past and make up for it. They just need that chance. Between this and the mommy blogs (I'm not counting a certain religious organization, moomy blogs have this problem too) whining about the Muppets without even watching it, all I can see is that Snoop Dogg in VMX controversy. The same Snoop Dogg that was a cartoon snail in Dreamwork's most kiddy movie to date (the Netflix cartoon is better) and had a guest spot on Sanjay and Craig no complaints.
  12. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    After reading through the article a second time, I have a question: WHY DOES CAILLOU GET TO STAY ON THE NETWORK????
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  13. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Slightly off topic, but wanted to interject here. When that Fat Albert movie came out in 2004, Nick at Nite did this documentary/promo with Cosby and the cast. And every time Cosby tried to talk about the original show, something just felt off to me at the time. Like he referred to the characters' clothes being from the 50s, when they're very obviously from the 70s. And then he was also kinda smugly taking credit for things in the movie that frankly weren't that amazing. Anyway, a few years later, I read a lot more about the original show and Filmation, Lou Scheimer and his daughter, the writers, animators, and other voice actors. The point is, there was a lot of talent behind that show, they just didn't have the name recognition Cosby did. So yeah, a show's reputation shouldn't be tarnished because of one figurehead.
  14. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    I second that freaking Caillou should get off the network.
  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The Fat Albert cartoon was more a creation of everyone who worked on it than Bill. I'd say the cartoon has "Smallville Syndrome" where it's supposed to be the past but looked and sounded too much like the present. I remember an interview with Lou from the first DVD saying something like "Yeah, these were based on his childhood friends, but to a certain extent." That's why the Fat Albert movie felt ...off. Bill never wrote an episode, but tackled the movie.

    But at any rate, small off topic thing. What the guy did was monstrous, and he's been joking about that and apparently doing that since he became famous. The fact that at the same time he was very charitable and trying to teach morality to kids makes this quite painful for his former fans. Considering all the good stuff he did, I'd say his fans should be the angriest at him for supporting values with one hand and date raping with the other. It's tough. There's lots of talent in every show he's been in outside of himself. But when you have episodes of sitcoms about how a special barbecue sauce makes women...you know... it's painful.

    HOWEVER, I really feel that when someone did one bad or questionable thing once, there's always some overly sensitive soul that won't let them live it down. I don't see how that girl from Who's the Boss and Charmed has to carry a stigma of being in adult entertainment at some point and then becoming a mommy and doing mommy celebrity stuff (hosting preschool programming). I've heard crap about how Mike Tyson, as he assaulted a woman back when he was younger and more involved with a high aggression sport and how he has a cartoon for adults when he's been trying to better himself, and even crap about Lena Dunnham's Simpsons appearance last night because she did something as a stupid kid that stupid kids do.

    Heck, anything that's even slightly adult gets crap for being associated with kid's stuff. The voice of Buzz Lightyear was a crack addict that ratted out his crack addict friends. But he made something out of himself and is now the big equal star of one of the biggest animated franchises of all time. It's like there's some disproportionate hypocrisy between what celebrities can and can't do. Yet, most celebs dabble in kid's entertainment, be it voice work for movies and cartoons or little appearances like on Sesame Street.
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  16. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Just to be clear, Play With Me Sesame left Sprout. Sesame Street is still there.
  17. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    Well, that definitely gets a lot of air out of the balloon! :)

    I just noticed the thread was renamed, so I had to say something positive about the clarification. Still a bummer for PMWS, but it's good that Sesame's staying.
  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I really couldn't see PMWS lasting for much longer anyway. It was interesting and intriguing when it first came out over ten years ago, but admittedly, it got kind of stale kind of quickly - especially when it went through a period where it seemed as if the only two production numbers it'd alternate between were "Shake Your Rattle and Roll" and "It's Zydeco."

    But PWMS certainly served a good purpose in the days before YT: we were treated to a number of classic, old school inserts.
  19. zucca

    zucca Member

    Now (well the next couple weeks, anyway) Sprout seems to have brought back Play With Me Sesame and has stopped airing Sesame Street.
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  20. BuddyBoy600alt

    BuddyBoy600alt Well-Known Member

    They also said that they are no longer allowed to air Sesame Street due to the deal with HBO.
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