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Sesame Street's Autistic Character Shows Just How Far Television Has Come


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'Sesame Street' is making waves once again by introducing a unique new character to their cast. Julia is the first character in the series to have autism and sees set to arrive on our screens in April. The addition marks an important turning point in on-screen diversity.

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Julia will be puppeteered by Stacey Gordon, who is more equipped than most to depict the character's mannerisms and behaviour, given that her own child is living with autism. 'I wished that it had come out years before, when my own child was at the Sesame Street age', she told 60 Minutes.

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'Sesame Street' Announces Deal With HBO For Next Five Seasons


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In a dramatic shake-up of children’s TV that’s bound to be divisive, eternal favourite ‘Sesame Street’ is being added to the roster of the HBO network alongside adult dramas like ‘Game of Thrones’. Who saw that coming?

Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organisation behind the beloved children’s show, released a statement announcing the new deal with HBO on Thursday (August 13th). The next five seasons of ‘Sesame Street’, which has been airing for 45 years on PBS up until this point, will be aired first on the premium cable channel and its subscription streaming services.

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Sesame Street's "Game Of Chairs" Lovingly Parodies 'Game Of Thrones'


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Ahead of the much-anticipated return of HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ this coming Sunday, ‘Sesame Street’ has released an adorable parody video of the drama series.

Entitled ‘Game of Chairs’, the spoof video of the violent and long-running fictional drama was released on Tuesday and has racked up nearly a million views in just under twenty four hours. In it, four characters who look suspiciously like ones from the series compete in a game of musical chairs hosted by Grover. The three throne-like chairs are a bronze one made out of ping-pong bats, a silver one made of golf clubs and golf balls, and a gold one made out of baseball bats.

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George R.R. Martin and 'Game of Thrones' have been parodied by 'Sesame Street'

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Watch Ed Sheeran Perform On 'Sesame Street' With Elmo And Grover!


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Ed Sheeran has appeared on ‘Sesame Street’ to perform a special song with the gang which teaches children how to behave at school. The British singer filmed the performance back in October 2013, but it has only just been made available to watch online.

Ed SheeranEd Sheeran has appeared on 'Sesame Street'

Sheeran announced the video’s release this morning, posting a link on his Twitter page and writing, ”Filmed that a long time ago, happy it's finally out.” So far the just under three minute video has racked up over 90,000 views (though we’re guessing quite a lot of these were from Sheeran’s more grown-up fans).

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Sesame Street - Lance Bass headlines the 6ABC/Dunkin Donuts Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States - Thursday 27th November 2014

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Bert & Ernie Spark Equality Debate After Bakery Refuses To Create 'Support Gay Marriage' Cake


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A Northern Ireland bakery has been contacted by the government and is facing legal action after it refused to create a cake with an image of Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie and the words "support gay marriage" on the icing.  There has long been controversy surrounding the sexual orientation of the Sesame Street characters, which whilst an interesting point, isn't exactly the issue here. 

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Ernie and Bert have sparked debate in Northern Ireland.

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'Sesame Street' Spoofs 'The Hunger Games' With 'Catching Fur'


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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will arrive in cinemas this month amidst a flurry of excitement and anticipation from the film's already ardent following. Any event as big as a new Hunger Games movie is prone to receive its fair share of spoofing, and with 'The Hungry Games: Catching Fur,' the Sesame Street gang may have already come up with the best spoof of the all.

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Susan Thompson with some of the Sesame Street puppets, including (far R) the Cookie Monster

Starring the Cookie Monster in a segment aimed at getting kids more familiar with patterns, the 5-minute clip stars CM as Cookieness Evereat, a volunteer from the first 'The Hungry Games,' who returns to the competition for one more time.

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Cookie Monster Covers Icona Pop's 'I Love It' In 'Me Want It (But Me Wait)' Song [Video]


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Cookie Monster, everyone's favourite cookie-loving, blue furred hedonist, has dropped the song and video for his latest track, 'Me Want It' (But Me Wait)' - cover of Swedish duo Icona Pop's recent hit 'I Love It.' The video sees the member of the Sesame Street gang practising self-restraint in front of a big bowl of chocolate chip cookies.

"But now me know something//Self-control is something me must learn," he sings, "Me want it! But me wait." Seemingly, the track is being used to promote moderation and self-restraint where food is concerned, as America sees the number of overweight children rise in its obesity epidemic.

Listen To Cookie Monster Singing 'Me Want It (But Me Wait)':

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Judge Dismisses Allegations Against Sesame Street's Kevin Clash


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A judge has ruled allegations made against former 'Elmo' puppeteer Kevin Clash cannot be taken further as the three accusers filed their claims too late. Of the five lawsuits filed against Clash, since autumn 2012, only one remains unresolved.

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'Elmo' and Kevin Clash at Sesame Workshop's 8 Annual Benefit Gala, New York, 2010. 

The allegations concern Clash's involvement with three men whilst they were underage. Three separate lawsuits were dismissed by the judge who said the statute of limitations had run out on the claims. This is because it is "more than six years after each plaintiff reasonably should have become aware of the defendant's alleged violations".

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Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Cleared Of Child Molestation Charges


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It was a good day for Sesame Street and Kevin Clash, as the one-time Elmo voice-actor has been cleared of all charges of sexual molestation against three underaged boys, with the ruling judge at a federal court in New York saying that the defendants have waited too long to file their case.

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The voice actor and puppeteer has been cleared of all charges

The lawsuits filed by Cecil Singleton, Kevin Kiadii and a 3rd unnamed accuser was deemed unfit for court, with the judge deciding that the cases against the voice actor and puppeteer was submitted too long after the statute of limitations had run out. As the judge detailed, the statute of limitations to sue someone for molestation expires 3 years after the accusers' 18th birthday and with Singleton - the man who cam forward to the police - aged 23 when he filed the report, he has missed the deadline.

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The 'Parents In Jail' Topic Is Next On The Chopping Block For Sesame Street


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Sesame Street is undoubtedly a great educational show – teaching kids to read, count, deal with a parent in jail, etc. The show hasn’t shied away from touchy topics like divorce and military deployment in the past, so the choice to add a character who has a parent in jail seems fairly natural at this point.

Max, the adorable blue muppet, faces some big challenges for a little kid, but that’s the whole point. “I just miss him so much,” the fuzzy blue-haired muppet says of his locked-up dad, adding, “Sometimes I just feel like I want to pound on a pillow and scream as loud as I can.”

The character is being introduced during a teaching-group for 3-to-8-year olds called 'Little Kids, Big Problems.' He will not become a regular on the actual program, but none the less, the folks at Sesame Workshop think Max is an important step towards complete inclusiveness on Sesame Street. Sesame Street's has always aimed at representing the experiences of all children in an accessible, understanding way and the character will relate to some children.

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Bob McGrath - The Annual Sesame Workshop Benefit Gala is held at the Cipriani - Thursday 30th May 2013

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Elmo and Sesame Street - Sherrie Westin, Elmo, Melvin Ming, and the rest of Sesame Street Muppets Wednesday 30th May 2012 Jon Stewart with Elmo and The Sesame Street Muppets to host Sesame Workshop's 10th Annual Benefit Gala

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Sesame Street - Sesame Street puppet characters and Fran Brill New York City, USA - Sesame Street puppet characters help unveil the temporary street sign outside Sesame Workshop's corporate headquarters to launch the 40th season of Sesame Street on PBS Monday 9th November 2009

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