Suuuunny Day, Sweepin’ the clouds awaaay
On my way to where the air is sweet
For the 43rd Season of Sesame Street!
Despite what area of the country you’re from, your economic class, your race, or your religion — if you’re American, then chances are you spent a good deal of your childhood growing up on Sesame Street. Thankfully, this historic avenue where learning is cool and fun (and bullying non-existent) is still around after more than forty years on the air, as a third generation of Sesame Street viewers come of age and get to meet our childhood pals like Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, and even Oscar the Grouch.
Here’s a sneak peek at Elmo from Season 43:
The new season premieres September 24, 2012 on PBS Kids and The Sesame Workshop has released promotional photos of all the celebrity guests that will be making an appearance in the upcoming season – a roster that includes Academy Award-winning and nominated actors Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Amy Ryan, Casey Affleck and Melissa McCarthy; Golden Globe-winning and nominated actors Steve Carell, Jon Hamm, Eric Stonestreet and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Emmy Award-winning and nominated actors David Hyde Pierce and Timothy Olyphant, Up All Night’s Maya Rudolph; Parenthood’s Dax Shepard; NBA Slam Dunk Champion Blake Griffin; Los Angeles Dodger’s Matt Kemp; actors Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Kristen Bell and Paula Patton; Extra’s Mario Lopez; talk show host Wendy Williams; singer Colbie Caillat; rock band Train, rapper/musician Common, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Here are all of the photos as well as the “Word on the Street” associated with each picture followed by a press release announcing the new season and a new segment on the show called “Elmo: The Musical!” (Up top is SNL and Bridesmaids comedian/actress Maya Rudolph with Elmo demonstrating the word “Brainstorm.”)
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Eric Stonestreet (remember) • Halle Berry (nibble) • Jack Black (disguise)
Jay Mohr (tool) • Jon Hamm (sculpture) • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (reinforce)
Kristen Bell (splatter) • Matt Kemp (attach) • Melissa McCarthy (choreographer)
Paula Patton (innovation) • Samantha Harris (reporter) • Sonia Sotomayor (career)
Timothy Olyphant (proud) • Wendy Williams (veterinarian) • Zac Efron (patience)
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION…
SEASON 43 OF AWARD-WINNING PRESCHOOL SERIES
SESAME STREET PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 24 ON PBS KIDS
WITH AN EXCITING NEW SEGMENT
“ELMO: THE MUSICAL!”
New S-T-E-A-M Curriculum Adds the Arts to Existing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Focus
Hollywood’s Biggest Stars Visit the Street, Including Halle Berry, Steve Carell, Blake Griffin, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Zac Efron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Train
New York, New York, August 6th, 2012 – Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization, launches Sesame Street’s 43rd season on PBS KIDS September 24 (check your local listings) with an exciting new segment and interactive experience, “Elmo: The Musical.” Each 11-minute episode of “Elmo: The Musical” is a math-filled adventure inviting kids to sing, dance, play and imagine along with Elmo. Other season highlights include new original songs and street stories; new “Super Grover 2.0” segments; new “Abby’s Flying Fairy School” animations and, as always, new hilarious spoofs and celebrity appearances!
In season 43 of Sesame Street, the show remains on top of the educational and social needs of its preschool audience by continuing its focus on STEM education, but this year we are adding the “arts” to the equation, creating STEAM. The cornerstone of the curriculum remains the connection between the four main domains: science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but the updated approach integrates the arts. This helps make learning STEM concepts relevant and enticing to young children by highlighting how artists use STEM knowledge to enhance their art or solve problems. It also provides context for the importance of STEM knowledge in careers in the arts.
“As STEM topics continue to be a critical area of a preschooler’s early education, it is important to allow children to explore these concepts through various channels, especially the arts,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, SVP of Education and Research at Sesame Workshop. “Incorporating the arts into our STEM curriculum was an exciting and natural addition, as Sesame Street has always used music, visual and performing arts as tools to educate and entertain children.”
An extension of our STEAM curriculum, “Elmo: The Musical” is an interactive, fun-filled musical adventure created by Elmo and the child at home. With lots of silly singing and dancing, “Elmo: The Musical” focuses on imagination and how to use math skills, such as enumeration, relational concepts, addition/subtraction and geometric shapes to solve problems. In new season 43 episodes, 10 “Elmo: The Musical” segments will be replacing the existing “Elmo’s World” part of Sesame Street’s block format. Children will join Elmo on exciting explorations as he imagines himself in “Sea Captain the Musical,” “Guacamole the Musical,” “Prince Elmo the Musical” and even “President the Musical!”
“Creating ‘Elmo: The Musical’ was an exciting process both creatively and educationally,” added Carol-Lynn Parente, Executive Producer of Sesame Street. “We took what everyone loves best about Elmo, his singing and dancing, and created imaginative mini-musicals that highlight a math curriculum in a really fun way. We think the format will have toe-tapping appeal for kids and adults alike.”
That’s not all! There’s more to “Elmo: The Musical!” The new segment is designed to be a transmedia property that’s accessible to kids on multiple platforms. New games, clips and activities themed around the segment will be available on www.sesamestreet.org and mobile devices for kids to learn math skills and play with Elmo.
Fans of the popular “Elmo’s World” segment will still see Mr. Noodle, Dorothy and all the “Elmo’s World” characters in repeat episodes from previous seasons that air alongside the new season 43 episodes of Sesame Street. Furthermore, a new “Elmo’s World” section of sesamestreet.org will be a “hub” for all things related to “Elmo’s World” including DVDs, games, clips and more!
New street stories and segments will not only highlight the 43rd season’s curriculum, but also bring light to special topics. In “Me Am What Me Am,” Mario Lopez is reporting for EXTRA! Sesame Street and catches Cookie Monster loving veggies! Cookie Monster has to prove that he’s still a cookie-loving monster, while also loving vegetables. In another special episode that highlights people of differing abilities, Brandeis, a yellow Labrador retriever, is looking for a job on Sesame Street. Gina trains him for a career as a service dog. Additionally, a beautiful re-make of the popular Sesame Street song, “Count Me In,” is one of the new live action films making its debut this season celebrating differences.
An impressive line-up of celebrities and headline makers are featured in the new season, including Academy Award-winning and nominated actors Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Amy Ryan, Casey Affleck and Melissa McCarthy; Golden Globe-winning and nominated actors Steve Carell, Jon Hamm, Eric Stonestreet and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Emmy Award-winning and nominated actors David Hyde Pierce and Timothy Olyphant, Up All Night’s Maya Rudolph; Parenthood’s Dax Shepard; NBA Slam Dunk Champion Blake Griffin; Los Angeles Dodger’s Matt Kemp; actors Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Kristen Bell and Paula Patton; Extra’s Mario Lopez; talk show host Wendy Williams; singer Colbie Caillat; rock band Train, rapper/musician Common, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
As always, Sesame Street is filled with hysterical moments for both children and their caregivers. This season’s spoofs include: “The Voice,” in which three judges are searching for “the voice,” but keep mistaking it for sounds made by other parts of the body; “Upside Downton Abbey,” a parody of the hit PBS series Downton Abbey, in which everything in Upside Downton Abbey keeps falling to the ceiling; “Eye of the Potato,” a parody of the song “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor in which Telly trains Elmo to become a hot potato champion; and “Five By,” a parody of the song “Drive By” in which rock band Train, Elmo and The Count sing about finding the right amount.
Produced by the nonprofit educational organization, Sesame Workshop, season 43 of Sesame Street is funded in part by a grant through PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers. Sesame Street is underwritten in part by Beaches Resorts, Earth’s Best Organic, PNC and UnitedHealthcare.