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TV Talk: Captains Return to Deadliest Catch, Starz Recasts Spartacus

Capt. Sig Hansen-After threatening to leave the program, Capts. Sig Hansen and Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand have agreed to return to Deadliest Catch. Filming on Season 7 of the Discovery Channel series will begin this week.

-A number of comediennes will return to NBC for a two-hour special airing November 1. Familiar faces on The Women of SNL will include Laraine Newman, Nora Dunn, Cheri Oteri, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and, of course, Tina Fey.

-Starz has decided to renew Spartacus with a new actor in the lead role. Andy Whitfield had hoped to continue with the series, but was forced to drop out after his non-Hodgkin lymphoma returned.

-An HIV-positive muppet will be included in the Nigerian version of Sesame Street. The female character named Kami will help the show address important regional issues including AIDS, malaria and gender inequality.


Grover Takes on the Old Spice Guy

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Comedy, Daytime, Kids, PBS, Video,

Although it’s been a while since we’ve had some Old Spice commercials to make us laugh, Sesame Street now has us feeling blue.

What could possibly—possibly—be better than watching Isaiah Mustafa in nothing more than a towel?? Listening to teach us about the word “on” while smelling like a monster.

Warning to those bothered by Katy Perry’s play date with Elmo: Major chest exposure ahead.

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Katy Perry Pokes Fun of Sesame Street Controversy on SNL

Katy Perry has mocked her Sesame Street axing by appearing in a breast-baring Elmo T-shirt on Saturday Night Live.

The pop star appeared in a sketch on the comedy series wearing a low-cut top inspired by the red puppet and tiny plaid skirt. Katy played a volunteer librarian, named Maureen Dichico, whose large breasts were causing a stir at the local library.

Parodying the famous announcement at the end of each Sesame Street episode which reveals what letters and numbers featured in the day’s program, Katy’s sketch co-star quipped, “Looks like today’s show is brought to you by the number 38 and the letters DD.”

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VIDEO: Elmo Requests New Play Date with Katy Perry

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On today’s Good Morning America broadcast, Sesame Street‘s executive producer explained why Katy Perry’s segment with Elmo was pulled from the kid-friendly program.

“We would never produce anything that we thought was inappropriate,” Carol-Lynne Parente said about the clip which featured a questionably-dressed Perry. “We were surprised by not only the amount of feedback, but how fast it came in. It was a lot.”

Sesame Street has a long history. We have a great interactive relationship with our viewers, especially parents,” Parente insisted. “So we viewed a lot of feedback and made what we thought was an appropriate decision.”

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Katy Perry Deemed Too Hot for Sesame Street

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UPDATE: See Elmo invite Katy Perry back to Sesame Street here.

When we first saw “Hot N Cold” singer Katy Perry performing with Elmo earlier this week, we couldn’t help but comment on her cleavage-baring dress. Apparently we weren’t the only ones.

“In light of the feedback we’ve received on the Katy Perry music video which was released on YouTube only, we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of Sesame Street, which is aimed at preschoolers,” Sesame Workshop said in a statement.

Perry, who recently saw fiance Russell Brand arrested in Los Angeles, once again used Twitter to respond to the news. “Wow, looks like my play date with Elmo has been cut short! If you still wanna play see it at www.katyperry.com Tag you’re it, Elmo!” Perry wrote.

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VIDEO: Sesame Street Parodies True Blood

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Daytime, Drama, Kids, Sci-Fi/Horror, HBO, PBS, Video,

Although is set in Louisiana and Mad Men is set in New York, the two shows do have one locale in common: Sesame Street.

Last year, the famous PBS series parodied the advertising execs from Madison Avenue in an emotional sketch. Now, the


grouches of Bon Temps will get their turn in the spotlight in a segment titled “True Mud.” (Make sure to keep an eye out for Lafayette!)

Season 41 of will kick off on September 27.

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Sesame Street’s Olivia Dies at Age 63

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Daytime, Kids, PBS, News, Video,

Alaina Reed Hall, best remembered by grown-ups as Olivia Robinson on , died last Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 63 years old.

Hall, who worked on the PBS program between 1976-1988, passed away after a long battle with breast cancer.

Prior to her role as Gordon’s younger sister, Alaina starred in Broadway productions of Hair and . She later moved into primetime television during her years on the comedy 227.

No memorial information has yet been announced for the actress.

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TV Talk: Dexter Ratings, Lost DVDs and Gilly Christmas Special

Dexter-Dexter remains a killer hit for Showtime. Sunday’s episode pulled in the largest audience (2.1 million) for a single telecast on that channel in 10 years.

-Need some help catching up on Lost? Then Amazon’s got a great deal for you. You can now buy the first five seasons of the show for only $72.99. That’s a whopping 70% discount!

-Kristen Wiig’s “Gilly” character will be the host of a two-hour Saturday Night Live special. SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas will air on December 17.

-Nigerian kids can soon take a trip down Sesame Street. Topics to be addressed in that country include HIV/AIDS, the importance of education and girls’ empowerment.

-Don’t kill a rat on live TV in Australia. Two contestants of I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here have been charged with animal cruelty after reportedly killing and cooking the rodents to eat.

TV on DVD: November 10, 2009

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Kids, Reality, ABC, Cable, CBS, PBS, WB, DVD,

Sesame Street 40 Years DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday.

  • A Christmas Proposal (TV Movie)
  • Dawson’s Creek (Complete Series)
  • Discovery Atlas (Complete Collection)
  • Dragon Ball (Season 2)
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (Complete Series)
  • Heartland (Season 1, Part 2)
  • JAG (Season 9)
  • Justice League (Complet Series)
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians (Season 2)
  • Love Finds a Home (TV Movie)
  • Nash Bridges (Season 3)

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60s-Era Sesame Street Episodes Not Meant for Kids

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Daytime, Kids, PBS, DVD, Gossip,

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In celebration of forty years of , some of the early-season episodes are being released on DVD - just don’t show them to your kids. A disclaimer on the packaging explains: “These early Sesame Street episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child.”

But don’t get it wrong - from the very beginning, Sesame Street was designed just for kids. So, what gives?

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