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Shalom Sesame Chanukah airing in NYC/NJ Area

Discussion in 'Sesame Worlds' started by DonnaMusic, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. DonnaMusic

    DonnaMusic Member

    Dear All,

    As the holiday of Chanukah is approaching, Shalom Sesame's Chanukah episode (The Missing Menorah) appears to be airing several times in the NYC/ NJ areas on these PBS networks:

    WNET 13
    WLIW 21
    WNJN (23) NJ based

    Check your local listings for this week. The air dates (encompassing all these channels) are between Nov. 29- Dec. 9. I will enjoy checking out this series for the first time since the 1st episode of the 80s version which I recorded from the TV airing back in the day!

    Jennifer K.
  2. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen any of the new videos yet, but I hope it's as good as the original series!
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I hope to see a LOT less dubbed clips and more either original RS sketches or more things about the culture. I was always meh on the dubbed skits. They're interesting sure... but I'd rather see more Moishe Oofnik than "This is what Bert sounds like" type bits. That said, I'm wondering when the Boston area will air them. We're in...UGH... pledge month, and we're no doubt gonna see a LOT of Brain Fitness and My Music type programs over here instead. Though, this stuff would be IDEAL for pledge drives, especially since some of the videos are available now.

    Still, I wish they'd somehow create an "Around the World with Sesame" type series based on the same principles as Shalom Sesame, but each episode would be from a different country.
  4. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    I have actually thought about this idea before. I think a Shalom Sesame-like Plaza Sesamo series featuring Abelardo, Lola and Pancho teaching Spanish language and culture would be ideal for teaching Spanish to elementary school-level kids. Though I admit it'd be weird to hear the Plaza Sesamo Muppets speaking in English after so many years of watching them solely in Spanish.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah... I just checked the schedule and there's NO Shalom Sesame ANYWHERE in the next 2 weeks over here. But HEY, a LOT of Brain Fitness and old fogey music...:mad: I HATE HATE HATE pledge month. They should just recall it "Hand your Social Security Checks over to PBS" month.
  6. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    It may just be an area-specific thing. It looks like it's the NY/NJ stations (and I happen to live in NJ). I mean, about a year ago one of my stations aired Panwapa in place of SST.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I'm sure we'll get it in time... probably over a year after everyone else sees it. Sigh... I hate how PBS has to ho themselves out the way they do for pledges, and refuse to air programs they normally would run for the sake of staying alive. But it WOULD be nice to have a special that appeals to someone besides old people. I can't see why they can't use the Shalom Sesame series as pledge month programming, and just cut out breaks in episodes and use the DVD's as pledge gifts.
  8. nayrbgo

    nayrbgo Active Member

    KCET in Los Angeles is airing it 8AM Wednesday!
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Eh... my face is red. It's airing in the Boston area tomorrow starting at 11 AM. Kinda hoped it would be prime time. And it's only the Chanukah episode.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Caught the first episode... missed a little of the beginning though... but here's some stuff to look out for.

    Mr. Johnson's Israeli counterpart

    The Count's Number of the day organ (the numbers counted by the organ are dubbed, as is the Count's counting of bats). Suzie Kabloozie's number of the day judge thing (number dubbed).

    A LOT of stuff from Elmo's World "Happy Holidays" (Telly and baby Bear playing driedle, the Hanukah channel, the segment where they talk to a kid). I'm wondering if dubbed skits are used in this slot in other episodes.

    And Extreme Makeover Temple Edition, featuring a line that killed me... "MOVE THAT BUST!"

    And his name escapes me at the moment... but that Yiddish rapper beatboxing with Moshie Oofnik.

    All and all, it was the most fun to see the Israeli characters interact with Grover. All and all, not that many dubbed clips, other than the number segments. I'm wondering if their letter segments were Rechov Sumsum originals or something made for the US version... It's a shame my PBS only ran that one.
  11. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Heads up people, this is going to air this week on some PBS stations. So, check your local listings!
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I wish they'd air the other ones too. I don't like the thought of having to buy the really expensive DVD's to see a single half hour episode.
  13. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    They really should've put more than one episode on them, or at least make them longer. They barely have 5 minutes of plot an episode.
  14. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Well, I watched a lot of it today but not all of it because I had class to get to. Unfortunatly, I have to say I was pretty disappointed. Too many inserts, not enough time on Rechov Sumsum. I respect what they did with these videos but that doesn't mean this Chanukah one is particularly good. I'll stick with the classic Chanukah one, even if "Do De Rubber Duck" has nothing to do with the holiday.
  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    There are things I like about the new one over the old version. I kinda never cared much for the dubbed footage... it's all "This is how the characters sound" and there's nothing more jarring than the half English/Half Hebrew stops between the songs. It would have been better to have them entirely in Hebrew. But even then, I'd rather JUST have their characters and their settings and their culture. That's why Shalom Sesame is so interesting. Not because Grover sounds funny in Hebrew.

    The thing that disappoints me about this new version's Hanukkah special is all the reused footage from Elmo's World Happy Holidays. I wish they did more with their characters or explored somewhere in Israel instead of seeing stuff I already saw.

    Above all, this appeals to a younger demographic than the 1980's series. That was meant for much older kids, about 7-9. This new series was meant for a more preschool audience. Though I do like how they use those old Count organ segments from season 33. Unlike dubbed songs, the numbers are much clearer so you actually know what they're saying.

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