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Can you tell this man how to get to 'Sesame Street'? They're looking for him!

Sesame Street has handled a lot of tricky tasks over the past 42 years, from teaching tykes the alphabet to explaining television to Keith Staskiewicz, but nothing quite like this before. Today’s Sesame Street PopWatch is brought to you by the letter M, for the Missing original Gordon.

In an open letter on their website, the Sesame Workshop explains that they’ve been on the hunt for an actor who played Gordon in an un-aired test pilot that was shown to a focus group of children in the summer of 1969. While all of the other Gordons (played by Matt Robinson, Hal Miller, and Roscoe Orman) are accounted for, they can’t seem to find the mystery man who originated the role of the beloved science teacher. No one, not even Big Bird (Caroll Spinney) knows who is he is… and Big Bird knows everything. READ FULL STORY

Elmo and Cookie Monster re-enact 'The Office,' 'CSI: Miami,' and more! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s one thing to meet that actor who was once in that one movie you liked, but it’s another to meet the folks that taught you how to count. Elmo and Cookie Monster made the trip from Sesame Street to the EW offices to tell us about their new season (which starts next Monday), and we couldn’t have been more excited had it been Johnny Depp sword-fighting with a time-traveling Theodore Roosevelt. In honor of their upcoming slate of guest stars, the two of them took us through their interpretations of some of TV’s biggest shows — including The Big Bang Theory, CSI: Miami, and The Office (which, coincidentally, name-checked Sesame Street in its premiere last night) and we have to say, Cookie Monster would actually make a pretty good replacement for Michael Scott. Check out the video below and watch as your adult and childhood television viewing habits collide. (By the way, I’m the Muppet in the middle.)  READ FULL STORY

'Sesame Street' parodies 'Glee' perfectly: Watch and learn!

Today’s PopWatch post is brought to you by the letter ‘G’, as in, “Greatest Glee parody ever!” Leave it to Sesame Street to teach a lesson about the grooviest letter in the alphabet, all while doing the most spot-on spoof of Glee that you’ve ever seen.

In fact, if you closed your eyes, it would actually be kind of hard to tell where regular Glee ends and Sesame Street Glee begins (or G, if you will.) Puppet Rachel is still a diva with an unwavering crush (“I like you Finn, I’m looking at you longingly!”), puppet Schuester (complete with chin dimple!), now Mr. Gooster, is overly-encouraging to the point of annoying, and puppet Sue is still getting in zingers (“You know enough about gel, Gooster, you use enough of it.”) Complete with a musical number (“Don’t Stop Your G’ing”) and inside jabs (“Good thing we have a big budget!”), the ingenious parody could have very well just solved the season 3 dilemma for Glee: Have more puppets. Watch the full hilarious clip below: READ FULL STORY

Bert and Ernie are asexual puppets, will not wed

In response to an online petition asking Sesame Street producers to let odd couple Bert and Ernie marry as a way to teach tolerance to young children, Sesame Workshop has issued a statement on the nature of Bert and Ernie’s relationship: “Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

Sesame Street begins its 42nd season next month. Putting the Bert and Ernie issue to bed, would you like to see a same-sex couple introduced on the show? I haven’t watched Sesame Street in close to 30 years, but if there are no official puppet couples, then you can’t fault producers for holding to that tradition. But what about introducing a same-sex human couple?  READ FULL STORY

Joel McHale to demonstrate the word 'prickly' on 'Sesame Street.' How perfect is that?

It’s season 42 of Sesame Street come Sept. 26 (check your local listings), and the guest list could not be hotter. Among those on tap: Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Robin Williams; up-and-coming actresses Emma Stone, Mila Kunis, and Amy Adams; Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Rico Rodriguez; Community’s Joel McHale and Ken Jeong; The Office’s John Krasinski; late night hosts Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, and Conan O’Brien; musicians Elvis Costello and Bruno Mars; The Daily Show’s Samantha Bee and Jason Jones; The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki; funny guys Seth Rogen and Andy Samberg; Tony winner Sutton Foster; New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees; the New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony; and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. How’s that for variety?

Which guest appearance are you most psyched for? McHale, according to the caption on this photo, at some point, “demonstrates the word ‘prickly’ with the help of his cactus, pineapple and porcupine pals.” Yes, they look very friendly in this picture. I cannot wait. Sadly, we have no idea what Ferguson is demonstrating in the shot below of him with three chickens, but we love it. We’ve also got a surprisingly dignified portrait of Jeong with Elmo for you as well.  READ FULL STORY

Sutton Foster and Elmo talk 'Sesame Street,' premiere clip from the Broadway star's upcoming appearance

Talking to celebrities is a blast. Talking to celebrities and celebrity puppets sounds even better. So when Tony nominee Sutton Foster and Sesame Street’s Elmo offered to reunite to discuss the former’s upcoming appearance on the children’s show next fall — and give PopWatch readers an exclusive peek at the full-length video — I jumped to say “yes.” Turns out the old friends — Sutton auditioned with Elmo for a regular spot on Sesame Street in 2004 — were as cute and funny as I thought they’d be. And obviously enamored with each other: Foster’s boyfriend, fellow Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale, who accompanied her to Sesame Street when she filmed the clip, better watch out! Read our chat and then check out the video below.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, Sutton and Elmo, you’re back together.
ELMO: Miss Sutton. Oh, I’m so happy to hear you!
SUTTON FOSTER: I’ve missed you!
Elmo: Congratulations! Elmo wish he could be there [on Tony night].
SF: I wish you could be there, too. I wish you could be my date.
Elmo: No, you already have a date. Elmo met him.

Elmo, did you know Sutton’s date, Bobby, is nominated, too? READ FULL STORY

Andy Samberg sits down with 'Sesame Street' resident Bert. Move over Ernie (and James Lipton, for that matter)!

Consider the talk show wars over, people! There’s a new reigning champ on the gab fest circuit… and it’s Bert from Sesame Street. Yes, everyone’s favorite unibrow-ed puppet has his own new series, called, fittingly, “Conversations with Bert,” and it’s equal parts hilarious, adorable, and surprisingly insightful. In his first installment, Bert — who opted to go sans sidekick, as Ernie is nowhere to be found — sat down with Saturday Night Live star and “all-around groovy guy” Andy Samberg for a hilarious round table conversation, compete with “snappy comedy banter,” fun facts (if Andy he could be any fabric he would be velour or rayon, Bert’s last read was a book by a “depressed Russian novelists”), and milk breaks! All we have to say is watch and learn, Charlie Rose and James Lipton. Watch and learn. READ FULL STORY

'Hoodwinked!' writer-director launches world's 'first episodic Twitter series': 'Roger Cosmonkey'


Many writers crave voluminous space in which to relate their stories. (That’s right, Marcel Proust, we’re looking at you.) But Cory Edwards has restricted himself to 140 characters or less for each ‘chapter’ of his new project, Roger Cosmonkey, a cartoon about a super intelligent ape that Edwards is touting as the world’s “first episodic Twitter series” that launches today on his Twitter feed.

“I happened to tweet artwork that I had drawn,” says Edwards, who co-directed and co-wrote the 2005 animated film Hoodwinked! “I thought, ‘Gosh, has anybody ever told a story in this very limited format?’ And I don’t think anybody has. At first I thought, ‘I don’t even know if it’s possible.’ And I think I’ve found out that it is. I don’t know that Martin Scorsese or Peter Jackson would want to tell a story on Twitter. But the guys who do Spongebob or Ren & Stimpy — they might. So I’ve created something that is kind of in that vein, something that can work in short bursts.”

After the jump, Edwards talks more about Roger Cosmonkey and the status of his long-gestating Fraggle Rock movie.


Elmo adorably poses with pregnant fan at Sundance

Being Elmo, a documentary about puppeteer Kevin Clash, premiered at Sundance this week. This video of Clash, Elmo, and a pregnant fan sums up the enduring wonder of Muppets in general, and the specific joyous charms of Elmo in particular: Even though you can see Clash putting the Elmo puppet on, it still really feels like Elmo is a sentient — and deeply loving — being. Is it dusty in here? There’s… something in my eye… READ FULL STORY

Clip du jour: Cookie Monster wants to land sweet 'SNL' hosting gig

After the successful Internet campaign to get Betty White to host SNL, several other celebrities turned to the masses for their support. And now, even Cookie Monster is getting in on the action. And it is wonderful. READ FULL STORY

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