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TV Alert: Sesame Street introduces new Muppet Julia on 60 Minutes March 19, 2017

Discussion in 'Sesame Appearances' started by Phillip, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    This Sunday, "60 Minutes" will premiere their first ever feature on Sesame Street. Lesley Stahl will be visiting the street interviewing the cast and crew.


    The segment will also highlight Julia, an autistic Muppet that will debut in her first Sesame Street episode on Monday April 10 on both HBO and PBS. Tune in and watch the "60 Minutes" segment at 6c|7e on CBS.


    A bit of trivia, "60 Minutes" has been on the air since 1968, making it one year older than the pioneering children's television show.

    "60 Minutes" visited "The Muppet Show" back in 1979 with this classic segment.

    If you saw this anticipated appearance, please like this post and share your thoughts below.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
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  2. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Here's the entire "60 Minutes" feature on Sesame Street:

    "60 Minutes" Overtime also has several extended interviews from this evening's broadcast.

    An interview with Muppet builder Rollie Krewson:

    The real-life mother and son behind a Muppet with autism:

    Explaining autism to kids:

    Filming an episode of "Sesame Street":
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  3. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    This was very good. Stacey Gordon seems like a wonderful puppeteer and Julia just seems so cute.
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  4. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Fantastic segment.

    I hate to see the state PBS is facing, but Sesame really got out (in a way) at the right time. I'm glad they have proper funding so they can continue doing stuff like this.
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  5. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    That was a wonderful treat. Great that we finally got to see Julia in action and meet her performer, Stacey. It's cool that Julia has two different sets of arms – wobbly and non-wobbly.

    I didn't expect to see the Jazzy Alphabet cartoon in one of the montages, lol.

    BTW, did anyone notice Sherlock Hemlock and Bel in the Muppet Workshop during the highlight of Julia's building?
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  6. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I just saw the 60 Minutes segment on TV about twenty minutes ago. I'm really glad Julia's actually going to be on the show and not just in books like we originally thought she was going to be. I'm excited for her debut.

    One thing I thought was interesting was they actually hired a completely new puppeteer to perform her, as opposed to using one of the puppeteers they already have.

    Julia has a very odd look to her, almost like she's from a different show. I can't decide if I like that or not. But, then again, Abby's design is pretty unconventional, so I guess i'll get used to it.
  7. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    Probably because they wanted somebody that has more experience with autism. Her son has that condition.
  8. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Would someone please be willing to upload all 4 of the online exclusive videos to Vimeo or something? I don't wanna get rid of ad blocker just to see these videos.
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Abby was intentional: they wanted to avoid giving her a traditional Muppet look because she was meant to look like an "outsider."

    As for Julia, she looks fine. I just think we're not used to seeing a humanoid Muppet with yellow skin aside from Bert (or Guy Smiley, to a lesser extent).
  10. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Wow just wow! I absolutely love what Sesame is trying to do here! Something tells me that even though Sesame has a good deal with HBO that they are going to be what saves PBS.
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  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Aww gee. It's Kami all over again: now people are worried that this will pave the way for SST to start including LGBT Muppets on the show and thus corrupt the minds of today's tender and innocent preschool children. :rolleyes:
  12. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    *sigh. I knew this would happen eventually. I knew someone would get upset about this. Oh well, i'm still excited. If anything, detractors show us why we need characters like this.
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  13. CBPuppets

    CBPuppets Well-Known Member

    I think it's great that they want to introduce a Muppet with Autism. I happen to deal with Autism myself and personally if I ever meet Stacy Gordon, I would shake her hand and tell her what a great Job she's doing.
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  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I think I figured it out . . . in actual Muppet form, she looks as if she almost bears resemblance to H.R. Pufnstuf:


    Ah well. I still think she's adorable.
  15. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Hmm, I guess H.R. does look kind of like a scary, hippy, drugged up, moonshine making, bag lady that lives in the woods version of Julia.

    Though, I actually wonder if she's related to Bert. After all, he's pretty much the only other bright yellow character with an orange nose that we see on the show. Also, she has red hair like Bert's nephew Brad.
  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I think it might be the eyes more than anything. With some exceptions, traditional Muppet eyes tend to be simply white with black pupils, and here (like Abby), Julia has green irises - not to mention, her eyelashes aren't like the kind we've seen on previous female Muppets like Prairie Dawn or someone.
  17. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Thanks to YT, I'm now able to watch the online exclusive videos. Watching Matt do Big Bird's voice is pretty interesting, especially when you realize his normal voice sounds nothing like that.

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  18. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    That is so amazing. Just how much care and effort they put into everything on the show, even down to Julia's design, and even the placement of her eyes- all of it had a purpose. This really made me realize, we're living in an age where the show is making history. This is truly a landmark episode in the history of the show and the history of TV, just like in 1983 when they explained Mr. Hooper's death. This is huge. I'm so excited.

    Also, I love when we get to see behind the scenes tidbits. It's really fascinating and inspiring. Also, that song Alan and the gang were singing seems pretty catchy. And watching Ryan and Matt do the Elmo and Big Bird voices was really strange. We've seen Caroll Spinney and Kevin Clash do their characters' voices without the puppet, but i've never seen their recasts do it. It's just super strange, yet cool at the same time.
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  19. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen Caroll and Kevin do it.
  20. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Am I the only one who cried during this whole segment? I applaud Sesame Street for continuing to take these measures to educate children and include ALL children with different special needs. While I may not care for the format and changes to the show as I'm nearing 40 years old, but I see stuff like this and I am reminded why I love and have loved Sesame Street so much over the years, and how it's STILL the most important children's television program out there.

    I remember when I was growing up being introduced to Linda Bove and the deaf community because of this show, I remember they had a blind monster character named Aristotle in the 80s when I was a kid. Now that I'm married to a man who was born with spina bifida, and have learned so much about people with special needs, I find it awe inspiring that Sesame is still taking strides in doing this kind of work for children.
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