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Sesame Street is back for Season 43

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Sep 21, 2012 9:20 AM

sesame_street_season43Sesame Street’s 43rd season on PBS begins September 25th at 9am and 7pm on witf. This year Sesame street features 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!

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!”

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.

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.

Celebrities and headline makers part of this season including: Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Amy Ryan, Casey Affleck and Melissa McCarthy, Steve Carell, Jon Hamm, Eric Stonestreet and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, NBA Slam Dunk Champion Blake Griffin; Los Angeles Dodger’s Matt Kemp, singer Colbie Caillat; rock band Train, rapper/musician Common, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, among many others.  

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.

Join witf every weekday for Sesame Street at 9am and 7pm. The new season begins September 25th.

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