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Will we get a Sesame Street TV Special to honor the 50th anniversary in 2019?

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by mbmfrog, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

    Next year is A BIG YEAR for Sesame Street. Although the show had its problems in its finances, moved to HBO and had to strip the cast down a bit to almost Season 1-10 material...Sesame Street still continued on despite all of this.

    So will we finally get a TV special spotlighting the 50th anniversary of the show?

    I mean remember, due to the budget crisis, we never did receive one on the 40th anniversary and the 45th anniversary.

    As fans of the show what do you think: Are we long overdue for a 50th anniversary TV special?
  2. BEAR 2

    BEAR 2 Well-Known Member

    We didn’t get anything like that for the 40th/45th but we got some other stuff like that beautiful book and some dvds and Caroll’s documentary came out soon after too (bonus?). If they’re smart, they’d save it and plan bigger things for the big 5-0. It makes far more sense and it’s a bigger milestone. So, I don’t know what is being planned but we know something is...the cast has hinted at it and I’m sure it will be great.
  3. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    As the older human cast members have stated, as well as Matt Vogel (via Below the Frame) they are planning the 50th celebration, and they've started pitching and reviewing premises for a special.

    They start filming season 50 soon (probably later this year), so definitely stay tuned for any hints or announcements when that happens.
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  4. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Has Season 49 already been filmed?
  5. BEAR 2

    BEAR 2 Well-Known Member

    I believe they just finished before the holidays...at least the major stuff.
  6. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

    I can see a fiftieth special and a documentary
  7. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    I don't know what we'll get, but I'm sure there will be a special treat most of us will enjoy.

    Then there will be the rotten apples complaining that they didn't like the gift they received.
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  8. BEAR 2

    BEAR 2 Well-Known Member

    That’s right! I forgot about the documentary. That definitely counts for something!
  9. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I was talking a little about this in the "you know what...?" thread, but after somebody suggested there be a medley of Sesame Street songs with a title like "Evolution of Sesame Street", I've been thinking that would be a good title for an anniversary special, documentary, DVD, or whatever. I'd like to see an audio release (digital would probably be the way to go) compiling many versions of a single song that's had many performances over the years. Or maybe Sesame Workshop could do something like this for one of their clip "collections" they put on YouTube. Or maybe an "Evolution of..." collection for its characters. Maybe a single release that's like the Best of Friends release, only focusing on clips that clearly show a timeline of the characters, or maybe something like this (or the music concept) could be a go-to bonus feature for the DVDs of 2019.

    But for the big special/documentary/DVD idea I thought of, a title like "Evolution of Sesame Street" or "Sesame Street Keeping With the Times" would be good, instead of necessarily including the clips we would expect to see, they could show clips that are a product of when they came out. Season one clips would include the original dopey Big Bird, orange Oscar, gray green Grover, orange-and-purple-shirt violet-nosed Ernie, maybe Matt Robinson as Gordon, and maybe Buddy and Jim, the early 1970s could also include Roosevelt Franklin, yellow-eyed Snuffy (I think his "imaginary" status lasted too long for what I have in mind, blue-nosed Herry, and clips with Molly, Rafael, and Tom, the late-1970s could be represented with some disco tunes, and so on. And there could be parodies of things that lost popularity shortly after their Sesame spoofs and clips with celebrity guests who were already near their 15th minute of fame.

    Maybe it'd be a little audience-alienating, but it's something I'd like to see.
  11. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

  12. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Those are definitely good ideas. Maybe we could see something where present day Big Bird interacted with the old dopey Big Bird or maybe the current Gordon would meet the original Gordon. (I know Matt Robinson is deceased because they could probably get a look alike.) I say this because they've had old meets new crossovers with the Ninja Turtles and The Simpsons and even Garfield, so it may work with SS. But again, that's just a thought.
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  13. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I would hope that they would contact Frank and let him come back in some fashion, since next to Carol he is the only other living Muppet prefomer who was with the show in the beginning.
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  14. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Yeah. That would be neat since he would come to perform his characters on occassion, but now he seems to have retired from SS altogether:

    :):o:concern: But now he seems to have retired from SS.

    It would be interesting to see him make a comeback for a 50th anniversary special.
  15. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    From what I have gathered from his most recent interviewstudy and such is that he has not retired. Sesame just has not contacted him in about 5 years or so to come and preform. It's also around the same time they started recasting Ernie from Steve Whitmire.
  16. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Quite a coincidence there.:rolleyes:
  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I thought of something that would make an awesome DVD release for the 50th season (though it doesn't have to be for an anniversary): A release featuring clips of every single recurring Muppet character, no matter how minor or obscure or liked they are.

    One thing that'd make a good bonus feature, whether in the disc menus itself or a special booklet, would be profiles on every recurring Muppet, with some info on the character (especially if people might not realize certain obscure characters were recurring) and a listing of all clips on the discs that they appear in. A lot of major and probably secondary characters would surely be included multiple times (I don't think, for example, that there's a single Oscar the Grouch scene that also has Bruno, Irvine, Grundgetta, Fluffy, Slimey, Osvaldo, Charles the Robot, and all Oscar's pets in the same scene, though many of those characters do have segments without Oscar).
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  18. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    That would make one **** of a DVD for me. Too bad it can only be a dream at this point.
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  19. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Another idea that would make for a good 50th anniversary special or home video compilation would be one showcasing the favorite moments of the cast and crew (hopefully they would consult the recently-let-go cast members about their favorite moments). I wonder if there'd be much overlapping (I'm sure many of the old cast and crew would list Big Bird learning about Mr. Hooper's death).

    Another thing that would be great for the anniversary, though not a special: It'd be cool if HBO would have special marathon weekends focusing on a single season from season one up until the upcoming 50th season. If not a 48-hour weekend, maybe show six episodes from a single season on Saturday and again on Sunday, even if they're episodes that otherwise never air on HBO (which would be the case with most pre-1993 episodes). And when they get to the 1990s, it'd be cool if they would include episodes from that era that aren't in the channel's current rotation.

    Reruns are airing under "Sesame Street Classics", it'd be great if HBO would start a second classics package, maybe call it "Sesame Street Golden Classics" and show episodes from the first 24 episodes (or maybe have the cut-off date be earlier). Or maybe a package of episodes from the first 5-10 seasons and call it "Sesame Street Golden Oldies".
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2018
  20. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

    If I may point in my 2 cents: I would do a Banquet similar to what the Muppets did for their 30th anniversary and in that way it would reunite with not only the adult cast, but also spotlight former adult cast members from the show's 50th year history.

    That would please fans like me who grew up in the 90s and saw Sesame Street Cast of that time.

    The only catch to all of this is the current Muppet cast and by cast I mean the men and women who currently play these iconic characters and how it would be for them to interact with cast members from the past, before their time on the show.
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