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Sesame Street will have a Mad Men parody this year - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 1st 2009 2:25PM
Sesame StreetGet ready to see Grover in a tight suit and fedora, and Cookie Monster scarfing down glass after glass of (spiked?) milk. According to Miranda Barry of the Sesame Workshop, Sesame Street will parody Mad Men during the show's 40th anniversary season.

Barry appeared here with Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, who is in charge of the show's curriculum. They talked about the show's landmark season and what kids and their parents should expect to see. Among them: A new segmentized format, a new host, Murray Muppet, who will take kids through the various segments of the show, and a new segment featuring Abby Cadabby that's the program's first foray into CGI. The curriculum will emphasize science and nature along with the usual cornerstones this year.

Now onto the Mad Men parody. When asked how they would be able to pull it off, given the drinking, smoking, and womanizing that's a big part of the AMC show, Barry said, "You may have seen our parody called 'Desperate Houseplants.' It was about a houseplant not getting its needs met by the gardener. So it always works on two levels."

The show celebrates its 40th anniversary on November 10. It'll be a normal episode, with a focus on the new curriculum and a little bit of retrospective. This seems odd to me, but when you realize that a) the Sesame Workshop has been hit as hard as everyone else in this economy, and b) we were on the nostalgia train five years ago for the 35th anniversary, it makes more sense.

The producers of the new Electric Company also appeared. When I asked them if they'd be willing to bring back Morgan Freeman (aka Easy Reader) to narrate -- hey, it worked for Shawshank, Million Dollar Baby, and March of the Penguins -- they said they were open to it. But they also let slip that they'd love to have Justin Timberlake play the new Easy Reader. As long as he's not reading "Sexyback," we should be OK there.

Before the session, Sonia Manzano, who's played Maria since the show's start, was mingling with the reporters, as were Cookie Monster (David Rudman), Abby Cadabby (Leslie Carrara) and Grover (Eric Jacobson). I have a couple of hard-hitting interviews with Grover and Cookie Monster, plus a quick talk with Manzano, that I'll post later.

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I guess Flavorwire must have seen this announcement, because today they put together who could play each part, Sesame Street characters with their Mad Men counterparts. http://flavorwire.com/32014/10-muppets-and-their-mad-men-counterparts

August 03 2009 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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