Barbara Walters sings, Martina Navratilova strums her tennis racket, Phil Donahue tells Oscar the Grouch to "hold your thought" and newscaster Robert MacNeil reports on the "Cookiegate" scandal, in which accused thief Cookie Monster confers with his counsel and stonewalls: "Me don't recall."
Children are welcome to watch, but tonight's disarming, tongue-in-cheek "Sesame Street Special," airing at 8 on Channels 28 and 15 as part of public television's current fund-raising drive, is an adult-pleasing romp, featuring the "Sesame Street" gang and a stellar guest cast.
Patti LaBelle croons the torch song "Oh, How I Miss My X"--the letter, that is--complete with romantic flashbacks. Walters, Navratilova and Ralph Nader gamely join "Sesame Street" regular Bob McGrath in a special rendition of "Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?"
With professional aplomb, Seiji Ozawa conducts the startling Sesame Street All-Animal Orchestra, featuring guest tenor Placido Flamingo and a remarkable chicken-frog-and-pig section.