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October 6, 2007 | Deborah Netburn, Times Staff Writer
On Sept. 18, the Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind "Sesame Street," launched the first in a series of video podcasts available for free download on iTunes. It was an instant success. Think painful supermarket moments, noisy dentist office moments and embarrassing restaurant moments: Mom or Dad whips out the iPod. Baby pacified. Baby learning!
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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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October 24, 2010 | By Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times
Bert and Ernie are not gay. In their 31 years on "Sesame Street," they've never marched in a Pride parade or plastered a rainbow sticker on Oscar the Grouch's trash can. Sesame Workshop has always contended that they're just friends who happen to live together and sleep side by side in well-tailored pajamas. And yet, because of a comment on "Sesame Street's" Twitter account, some are claiming that Bert is officially out of the closet. On June 11, the mono-browed Muppet tweeted about the premiere of the recent "A-Team" remake.
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October 7, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Two of Sesame Street's favorite characters are hopping the pond to star in a new children's series called "The Furchester. " The show will be co-produced by the first-time union of Sesame Workshop and its U.K. equivalent, the BBC's preschool channel, CBeebies. "The Furchester" will premiere on CBeebies in the fall of 2014. The show is about an adorable family of goofy monsters who are running an "almost" world-class hotel. That is, it would be world-class if the monster's incompetent antics didn't get in the way. Owner Funella Furchester has good intentions but her husband, Furgus Fuzz, feels put upon by the demands of the hotel.
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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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March 12, 2009 | Bloomberg News
Wednesday was not a sunny day on "Sesame Street." Jobs, not clouds, got swept away. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces the venerable children's series, cut about 20% of its workforce because of the recession. "After careful review, we have concluded that we will have to operate with fewer resources in order to achieve our strategic priorities," the New York-based company said. It said 67 of 355 staff positions were eliminated. Sesame Workshop receives income from product licensing and the sale of "Sesame Street" and other programs to the Public Broadcasting Service and overseas syndication.
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May 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
In an updated blast from the past, PBS will air a new version of the 1970s children's series "The Electric Company." The series, aimed at reducing the literacy gap between low- and middle-income families, will promote the idea that "reading is cool" with help from online and community-based activities, Sesame Workshop said. Weekly episodes of "The Electric Company" are scheduled to air nationally in January on PBS Kids.
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August 8, 2002 | Reuters
Children's network Nickelodeon doubled the size of its Noggin, buying out the other 50% of the educational cable channel seen in 25 million homes from joint venture partner Sesame Workshop. Nickelodeon, a unit of media giant Viacom Inc., wants to use Noggin to further sell the benefits of digital cable. Cable networks are betting that as digital cable reaches more homes, niche channels will gain a wider audience.
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October 7, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Two of Sesame Street's favorite characters are hopping the pond to star in a new children's series called "The Furchester. " The show will be co-produced by the first-time union of Sesame Workshop and its U.K. equivalent, the BBC's preschool channel, CBeebies. "The Furchester" will premiere on CBeebies in the fall of 2014. The show is about an adorable family of goofy monsters who are running an "almost" world-class hotel. That is, it would be world-class if the monster's incompetent antics didn't get in the way. Owner Funella Furchester has good intentions but her husband, Furgus Fuzz, feels put upon by the demands of the hotel.
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November 13, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
The unnamed man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of pursuing an underage sexual relationship with him when he was just 16 has recanted his story. Andreozzi & Associates, the law firm representing the 23-year-old accuser, released a statement today denying the charges. “He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. He will have no further comment on the matter.” The law firm did not disclose the identity of their client.
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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!"
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July 1, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
A federal judge in Manhattan dismissed three sexual abuse lawsuits brought against former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash on Monday, saying the men had exceeded a six-year statute of limitations in filing their complaints. Judge John Koeltl threw out the suits brought by Cecil Singleton, Kevin Kiadii and a third, unnamed accuser. Clash, 52, resigned in November after 28 years portraying the beloved character on “Sesame Street,” amid allegations he'd engaged in sexual relationships with underage boys.
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June 28, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Despite years of rumor and speculation, the producers of "Sesame Street" have long said that Bert and Ernie, the Muppet roommates, are not a gay couple. But the New Yorker would beg to differ. For the cover of the July 8 and 15 double issue, the magazine chose the pair to illustrate the joy over the Supreme Court's finding that a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act violated the 5th Amendment to the Constitution, paving the way for possible widespread legalization of gay marriage.
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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.
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May 3, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Kevin Clash resigned from his high-profile puppeteering gig on "Sesame Street" in November 2012 amid allegations of having sexual relations with multiple underage boys. But despite the scandal, Clash's work as the man behind Elmo helped get him four Daytime Emmy nominations. Clash was nominated for outstanding performer in a children's series, as a director and as a producer for "Sesame Street" and also as producer of the program "Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce," which is nominated in the category of New Approaches -- Enhancement to a Daytime Program or Series.
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November 20, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
  Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who has provided the voice of Elmo on “Sesame Street” for the better part of the last three decades, has resigned amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy. In a statement released Tuesday,  Sesame Workshop announced that Clash would not be returning to his job with the long-running children's program, calling it “a sad day for 'Sesame Street.' ” “None of us, especially Kevin,...
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December 28, 2004 | From Associated Press
"Sesame Street" characters have gone around the globe and into space, and soon they'll be exploring the body. Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit educational organization, is creating a series of museum learning experiences, and "Sesame Street Presents: The Body" is first up. It will premiere at Phoenix's Arizona Science Center in May and run through November. It will then travel to cities nationwide through 2010.
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November 12, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Kevin Clash, the man who has voiced “Sesame Street's” beloved Elmo character for the past 27 years, has been put on leave from the show amid claims of an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy. In a statement released Monday morning , Sesame Workshop, the company that produces the long-running children's educational program, explained that it received an email in June from a man, now 23, who contended that he had a sexual relationship with...
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November 13, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
The unnamed man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of pursuing an underage sexual relationship with him when he was just 16 has recanted his story. Andreozzi & Associates, the law firm representing the 23-year-old accuser, released a statement today denying the charges. “He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. He will have no further comment on the matter.” The law firm did not disclose the identity of their client.
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November 12, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Kevin Clash, the man who has voiced “Sesame Street's” beloved Elmo character for the past 27 years, has been put on leave from the show amid claims of an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy. In a statement released Monday morning , Sesame Workshop, the company that produces the long-running children's educational program, explained that it received an email in June from a man, now 23, who contended that he had a sexual relationship with...
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