August 13, 2016
By Naomi Moland S esame Street recently announced that it was dismissing three of its original cast members: Bob McGrath (Bob), Emilio Delgado (Luis), and Roscoe Orman (Gordon). After an outcry from longtime fans, the show reversed its decision, and will meet with the actors in September to continue their relationship. Welcoming these characters back onto the Street is an excellent decision. The program has been undergoing many changes, adapting to the needs of today's children.
April 16, 2016 |
Time to get down! How can you resist, when Elmo asks? Join the little guy and his furry and feathered (and felt) friends Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Ernie, and company for Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance! on North Broad Street to "Do the Robot" and "Shake Your Head One Time" in an interactive event. That's right - it's a dance party! 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad St. Tickets: $15 and $32. Information: 1-800-298-4200 or www.liacourascenter.com . Rule the planet A tree grows in the Kimmel Center.
March 26, 2016 |
David Langston Smyrl, 80, of Bala Cynwyd, a writer, singer, voiceover artist, and actor best known for his role on TV's Sesame Street as Mr. Handford, owner of Hooper's Store, died Tuesday, March 22, of lung cancer at Lankenau Medical Center. "He was a funny man, a good man, and he always had jokes for you," said his wife, Cheryl Pajil Smyrl. "He was loved by everyone, and very creative. " Mr. Smyrl grew up in North Philadelphia. He began his career as a coffeehouse poet in the 1960s in Greenwich Village.
July 3, 2013 |
AN "AMERICAN IDOL" star is going to try to go from winner to "Loser. " Ruben Studdard , the "AI" contestant who beat Clay Aiken , will try to croon away the calories this fall as a contestant on "The Biggest Loser. " Who's going to kick off the "Velvet Teddy Bear"? Elmo off the hook Three lawsuits brought by men who said longtime former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash sexually abused them when they were underage were tossed out by a judge who said in a decision published yesterday that the men waited too long to sue. U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl said the claims must be barred because they came more than six years after the men reasonably should have realized that the physical and emotional injuries they're suing over were caused by the alleged encounters.
May 12, 2013
MOUNT AIRY-BORN, Hollywood-based actor Holly Robinson Peete has spent most of her 48 years in La-La Land. But the mother of four, daughter of Sesame Street's original "Gordon" and wife of one-time Birds QB Rodney Peete still keeps it real, Philly-style. Robinson Peete made her first onscreen splashes in "21 Jump Street" and "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. " Today, she's still acting - she has recently appeared in "Blue" and "Mike & Molly," and is in talks with NBC to return to daytime.
May 3, 2013 |
Falling star Lindsay Lohan is telling friends her rehab assignment in New York may be a no-go if the Seafield Center, where she's bound, won't let her smoke, reports celeb website TMZ. Sources say LiLo doesn't think she can go 90 days cig-free, so her lawyers are asking the Long Island rehab to lighten up. That hasn't worked so far, Sources tell TMZ, so the lawyers are now trying to get her back into Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach, Calif.,...
November 24, 2012
Emily Squires, 71, a longtime Sesame Street director who also worked on soap operas, died Wednesday at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital. Ms. Squires' husband, Len Belzer, said Friday that the cause of death has not been determined. Ms. Squires directed the Sesame Street children's television series from 1982 to 2007 while also writing for the program. She directed several Sesame Street TV specials as well as other children's programs such as the PBS show Between the Lions , which promoted reading.
November 21, 2012
KEVIN CLASH , the man behind Elmo , is resigning from "Sesame Street" after a second man alleged that the puppeteer began an inappropriate relationship with him when he was underage. Cecil Singleton , 24, claimed that he was 15 when their relationship started. He says he and Clash did not have sex back then but engaged in some, well, let's call it heavy petting. He said that he and Clash did not engage in the Clintonian definition of sexual intercourse until Singleton reached 18. Singleton is seeking $5 million in damages from Clash.
October 8, 2012 |
Shante is a pleasant 13-year-old who loves Sesame Street characters, so she was thrilled recently to visit Sesame Place, where she met Big Bird, Elmo, and some of the others she loves to watch on television. Later, she was delighted to have lunch with them. She also played games and toured the park. Other things that make Shante happy are listening to Justin Bieber, playing basketball, watching the Philadelphia Eagles, and anything in the color pink. She can be shy when meeting new people, but soon warms up. Shante enjoys going to school, where she benefits from special education classes and is learning life skills.
October 5, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Big Bird has never been so hot. Saturday Night Live , Jimmy Fallon, Piers Morgan, the Today show and Good Morning America all asked for appearances from the Sesame Street character on Thursday after he was unexpectedly thrust into the presidential campaign by Mitt Romney. Sesame Workshop says the giant yellow Muppet is declining all appearances, but there was this tweet from Big Bird on the Sesame Street account: "My bed time is usually 7:45, but I was really tired yesterday and fell asleep at 7!