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August 24, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This post has been corrected. Please see note below.
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer who gave voice to dozens of characters on "Sesame Street," "Fraggle Rock" and "The Muppet Show," died at home in Cape Cod, Mass., on Thursday night after suffering from emphysema for several years. He was 78. A statement on the Sesame Workshop's website (the company that produces "Sesame Street") paid tribute to Nelson, saying, "A member of the 'Sesame Street' family for more than 40 years, he will forever be in our hearts and remembered for the artistry in his puppetry, his music, and the laughter he brought to children worldwide through his portrayal of Count von Count, Herry Monster, Fat Blue, Sherlock Hemlock, the Amazing Mumford and many other beloved characters.
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April 15, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
While Jon Hamm's "Mad Men" character Don Draper tends to bottle up his emotions, the actor Jon Hamm is very free with his -- so free he's helping "Sesame Street" explain a few emotions to its young audience.  With the help of the resident "Sesame Street" TV host, Murray, Hamm runs through "frustrated," "guilty" and "amazed. " Check it out in the video above. It's about time someone explained "amazed," honestly, given the word's frequency of use these days.  With "guilty," well, we're happy to see Hamm re-creating that one without the stereotypical celebrity mug shot accompaniment!
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2012 | Jasmine Elist
At first glance, street art collective the Seventh Letter seems an unlikely partner for a show about "Sesame Street. " Known for its graffiti murals and irreverent take on urban living, the artists in the Seventh Letter crew would be more likely to get in trouble for tagging the show's famous urban set. But this weekend, the collective partners with action sports head wear company Neff and the street-art-centric Known Gallery in the Fairfax neighborhood...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
On a soundstage in the heart of Hollywood this week, a chicken was giving directions to Mindy Kaling. The chicken, perched on the shoulder of "The Mindy Project" star, squawked off a couple of instructions to the crew, then muttered, "My mom would be so proud of me ... if she wasn't stew. " The chicken was located on the hand of director Joey Mazzarino, and it wasn't just any chicken. It was a "Sesame Street" Muppet chicken. PHOTOS: Families that changed TV   Although Sesame Street is an imaginary address, most people realize the TV show "Sesame Street" shoots in New York City.
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November 21, 2012 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
Puppeteer Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street" for the better part of the last three decades, resigned Tuesday amid allegations of a second sexual relationship with a teenage boy. The development was as much a blow for Clash, whose name was unknown to most Americans until the scandal broke, as for "Sesame Street," the beloved children's program that in recent months has become a political football. Clash's departure came as a lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a New York federal court accusing the puppeteer of sexual behavior with a 15-year-old boy. The plaintiff, Cecil Singleton, now a 24-year-old college student, is seeking more than $5 million in damages.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Days before Black Friday is a less than ideal time for Elmo, the inspiration for some of the most popular toys ever created, to have his name associated with allegations of sexual misconduct. Depending on who's being asked, the resignation of Elmo voice and puppeteer Kevin Clash over accusations of sexual relationships with teenage boys may put a damper on holiday sales of products based on the fuzzy red Sesame Street character. On Twitter, some consumers vented their distaste for Clash on such preschooler fare as Elmo toy planes, plush stuffed Elmos and Elmo puzzles.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Sesame Street" has concluded its search for the new Latino character who will be moving on to the cozy New York address for the show's 44th season. And the lucky guy is actor Ismael Cruz Cordova, a Puerto Rican actor who's been seen previously on "The Good Wife" as Jimmy Patrick (though that show has zero crossover with "Sesame Street's" audience). Cordova will play Armando, or "Mando," one of the non-felt residents of "Sesame Street. " His character is a writer from Puerto Rico who will join the other Latino residents, Maria and Luis, as well as the Spanish-speaking Muppets Rosita and Ovejita.
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September 9, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
Woodstock, Stonewall, Chappaquiddick. Monty Python, President Nixon, Golda Meir. "Midnight Cowboy," "The Brady Bunch." The moon landing. No matter how you measure it, 1969 was an extraordinary year. The sun rose and set on the Manson murders and the exposure of My Lai, but also over "Abbey Road" and John and Yoko's famous "bed-ins." More important, perhaps even most important, it was the year of "Sesame Street." There is no medium more powerful or ubiquitous as television and there is no television show more iconic or revolutionary than "Sesame Street."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
On HBO's "Game of Thrones," Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey play murderous siblings, driven by their mutual hatred of each other and their twisted sexual appetites (he for prostitutes, she for her twin brother). On PBS' "Sesame Street," those same actors play themselves as teachers of such childhood basics as relaxation and the rules of Simon Says. Dinklage and Headey appeared on "Sesame Street" on Friday and it appeared to be a refreshing change of pace for both performers. Dinklage got the opportunity to sing while Headey got to act in a scene with a muppet character, Murray, who had considerably more charm than most of the residents of Westeros she normally appears on-screen with.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
There have been a lot of clips from "The Sopranos" posted online the last couple of days. And several from "Get Shorty," "True Romance," "The Mexican" and many other of James Gandolfini's finest roles. But a tribute to the actor, who passed away in Rome on Wednesday, also came from a most unexpected place: "Sesame Street. " Gandolfini was, without a doubt, an actor for adults. Most all of his roles came in films and TV written and directed explicity for grown-up audiences, and his characters carried enough edge and complexity that they would never have fit in anything meant for all ages.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Poor Benedict Cumberbatch. Just because he plays brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes on TV, everyone expects him to be some kind of genius, when the truth is he struggles to comprehend basic arithmetic.  OK, not really, but that's the joke that the "Sherlock" star and unlikely sex symbol gamely played along with during a visit to "Sesame Street. " There, he came face to face with the dastardly "Murray-arty," who presented the actor with the "mind-bending challenge" of determining whether there were more apples or oranges on the table in front of him. (Seriously, that whole mystery with the soldier in "The Sign of Three" was a cakewalk compared with this.)
NATIONAL
December 26, 2013 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - Debo Adegbile, President Obama's nominee to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, attributes much of his success as an attorney to a nine-year stint as a child actor on "Sesame Street" in the 1970s. The unusual resume item brought him a kind of mini-celebrity and was a surprisingly frequent focus of job interviews, Adegbile has said, even as he climbed the legal ranks to join a big New York corporate law firm. But as he faces Senate confirmation hearings next month, Adegbile is drawing a different kind of attention from conservative activists.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
On Wednesday night's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Detective John Munch, played by Richard Belzer, retired. And in a fitting send-off the fictional cops of New York's 16th precinct threw him a roast. Belzer's time playing the perpetually sunglasses-wearing detective is unique in broadcast television, in that he's played the same character on 10 TV shows across five channels and 20 years. While Belzer's run ties with Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane and James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon on "Gunsmoke" for longest portrayal of a single character on TV, the breadth of Belzer's apparances sets him in a league of his own. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Belzer was known primarily as a stand-up comedian when he was cast as a detective in the highly acclaimed NBC police drama "Homicide: Life on the Street.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
On HBO's "Game of Thrones," Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey play murderous siblings, driven by their mutual hatred of each other and their twisted sexual appetites (he for prostitutes, she for her twin brother). On PBS' "Sesame Street," those same actors play themselves as teachers of such childhood basics as relaxation and the rules of Simon Says. Dinklage and Headey appeared on "Sesame Street" on Friday and it appeared to be a refreshing change of pace for both performers. Dinklage got the opportunity to sing while Headey got to act in a scene with a muppet character, Murray, who had considerably more charm than most of the residents of Westeros she normally appears on-screen with.
NEWS
September 16, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Cookie Monster was in the house! Everyone's favorite furry blue cookie lover stopped by our own Test Kitchen this morning to talk cookies (of course), fill us in on his new " Sesame Street " segment, and teach us a little about -- of all things -- self-control. "Sesame Street" begins its 44th season today, and Cookie Monster, one of its longtime stars, has appeared on the PBS children's program since its premiere in 1969. This season, Cookie Monster is starring in a new recurring feature called "Cookie's Crumby Pictures.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The 44th season of "Sesame Street" premiered Monday, and Cookie Monster made the trip out to L.A. to talk about it. Why Cookie Monster? Because Cookie Monster is starring in a new segment titled "Cookie's Crumby Pictures" that will put the blue-furred monster in parodies of several well-known films, including "The Karate Kid" and the James Bond pictures. Cookie Monster appeared in The Times' test kitchen to talk with test kitchen director Noelle Carter and staff writer Patrick Kevin Day about everything from healthful school lunches to learning a bit of self-control when it comes to eating cookies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Alaina Reed Hall, a singer and actress who played Olivia Robinson on "Sesame Street" for a dozen years beginning in the mid-1970s and later played Rose Holloway on the situation comedy "227," has died. She was 63. Reed Hall, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, died Thursday at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, said her husband, Tamim Amini. One of the original cast members of the 1974 off-Broadway production of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road," Reed Hall joined "Sesame Street" in 1976 and played Olivia -- a professional photographer and sister to the character Gordon -- until 1988.
WORLD
July 1, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - Puppeteers from the Israeli version of "Sesame Street" are protesting the cancellation of a puppet festival for Palestinian children at an East Jerusalem theater. Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich ordered the Hakawati Theater temporarily closed last week, preventing the annual festival from being held. Israeli authorities alleged the theater had received sponsorship illegally from the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. The theater's director, Mohammed Halayiqa, denied the accusation , telling Agence France-Presse that the festival was funded by donations from abroad and calling the closure "disgraceful.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
For a long time, Elmo was the shining star of "Sesame Street," but when the long-running kids show returns for its 44th season on Sept. 16, it's Cookie Monster who's angling to grab all the buzz (and all the cookies, of course). "Cookie's Crumby Pictures" is a new segment being introduced that will help teach pre-schoolers self-regulation. But it's also a chance for the big, blue, cookie-loving monster to get seriously hip. The first segment unveiled by the Sesame Workshop features Cookie Monster parodying Icona Pop's "I Love It!"
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
HBO announced Monday that it is making "The Sopranos" available on HBO On Demand in tribute to late star James Gandolfini. Beginning Monday, each season of the groundbreaking mob drama, will be available -- in consecutive order, for one month. That means, Season 1 is at your disposal throughout July, Season 2 will be accessible in August, and so forth. The complete series, of course, can also be viewed on the network's streaming site HBOGo. VIDEO: A look at Tony Soprano's best scenes The David Chase drama, in which Gandolfini portrayed iconic TV character Tony Soprano -- the head of a  New Jersey crime family -- helped solidify the premium cable network's standing.
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