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'Sesame Street' and '227' Actress Alaina Reed Hall Dies

by AOL TV Staff, posted Dec 21st 2009 1:30PM
Alaina Reed Hall has diedAlaina Reed Hall, who starred as Olivia on 'Sesame Street' and later set up shop at '227,' died Dec. 17 in Los Angeles after a lengthy fight with breast cancer, according to a report in the Springfield News-Sun. The Ohio native was 63.

Hall played Olivia, a kind-hearted photographer, for 12 seasons on the venerable children's show. She told the News-Sun in 2004 it was "the best job I ever had." While still working on 'Sesame,' Hall was cast in the urban sitcom '227' as Rose Holloway. That series ran from 1985 until 1990 and preceded other small parts on series' ranging from 'Blossom' to a recurring role as a judge on 'Ally McBeal.' Get more at PopEater.com

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Alaina Reed Hall of Sesame Street and 227 dies at 63

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 21st 2009 8:40AM
Alaina Reed, Sesame StreetAnother celebrity death has hit the world of the small screen.

Actress Alaina Reed Hall, probably best remembered for playing Rose on the sitcom 227 and Olivia on Sesame Street from the late 70s to the late 80s, passed away last week after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 63

Of course, her career stretches far beyond those two shows with parts on just about every major show in the last few decades including Friends, ER and Ally McBeal, but she was always Olivia to me. She was on the show and even the big screen spinoff Follow That Bird during my formative years, so her sweet and endearing demeanor performance as Olivia pretty much stuck her with the role.

I'm sure if I met her in person, I would accidentally call her Olivia at least four times and something tells me she would not have minded a bit.

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First "Spill" O'Reilly, then ... who?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 30th 2009 9:30PM
Spill O'ReillyThere are a few definitive signs that you have become an icon in television news: getting a blog dedicated solely to your ties, winning an "Auto-Tune the News" award, and bringing the world the hilarious tale of an exploding whale.

Last week, Fox News' "No Spin" pundit Bill O'Reilly was cemented into fame when Sesame Street unveiled their "Spill O'Reilly," the newest talking head on the "Grouch News Network" that includes such greats as Walter Cranky, Dan Rather-not and Sally Messy Yuckayel.

This got me thinking...

Who will be the next pundit Grouch on "Sesame Street"?
Glenn Bleeccchhh113 (40.6%)
Keith Moldermann57 (20.5%)
Rachel Madandhow33 (11.9%)
Mucker Carlson3 (1.1%)
Sean Crankity35 (12.6%)
James Carvile32 (11.5%)
Sick Morris5 (1.8%)

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Sesame Street unveils new Bill O'Reilly character

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 26th 2009 2:36PM
Remember the brouhaha with Sesame Street over their alleged swipe at Fox News? Sesame Street has officially extended an olive branch.

Sherrie Westin, executive vice president of the Sesame Workshop, appeared on The O'Reilly Factor to explain the "Pox News" joke and unveil a new character that pays homage to "Papa Bear" as part of the show's long-standing Grouch journalism homages. Just so there's no confusion, the new Sesame Street character is the guy in the suit on the left, not the right, I think.

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Now PETA is going after Sesame Street

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 17th 2009 3:30PM
Sesame StreetThey're incredible and they're edible, but eggs will also harm you. At least that's what PETA is saying.

People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals doesn't like the fact that the PBS show is being sponsored by The Egg Board. PETA's web site says that "Sesame Street is misleading children and parents into believing that eggs are a wholesome food when the truth is that eggs are linked to multiple serious health problems and that the egg industry horribly abuses animals." I think what they meant to say is that the industry horribly abuses animals in a simply delicious way, because scrambled eggs with just the right amount of salt and pepper are awesome.

This is a weird way for PETA to wish Sesame Street a happy 40th anniversary.

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Removed Muppets, more than just a lousy name for a college rock band

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 13th 2009 7:02PM
In my never-ending, tireless, four day quest to completely categorize Sesame Street (read my previous features here, here and here), it seems I have completely missed one.

Mental Floss Magazine has tapped a hidden but flowing resource of Muppets who have actually been fired from Sesame Street, characters I almost completely had erased from my memory like musician Don Music, Professor Hastings and Bruno the Trashman.

Who knew that Muppets could also fall victim to the horrors and uncaring hands of a mighty economic recession? I suppose that living in a garbage can makes you financially bulletproof.

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Sesame Street's 40th: Five funniest characters

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 13th 2009 11:02AM
It's not surprising that a colorful and lively show like Sesame Street, one devised by the genius that was Muppets creator Jim Henson, was at heart a comedy. What is surprising is that so many adults who grew up with the show still find it so damn funny (or maybe that has more to do with the rise of marijuana use, but beggars can't be users, er, choosers).

In fact, a recent box set of the show's earliest episodes came with a disclaimer that the episodes contained within it were "not for kids." That's also because it contained the rare lost episode from the early 1970s when Grover and Prairie Dawn accidentally wandered into the Plato's Retreat swingers club where they learned the difference between "top" and "bottom".

The point is adults can find just as much to laugh at as their kids do and here are the biggest chortle-makers.

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A Sesame Street short that got shorted (almost)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 12th 2009 8:01PM
As any child of the 80s knows, there is a slew of great mini-cartoons and animation shorts from Sesame Street that belong on yesterday's list of the greatest shorts. Unfortunately, word space and time are cruel mistresses.

There was a sixth I wanted to include but had to go: the famous Baby Climbs the Stairs short. It deserves special mention because it's more emotional teaching than just concrete concepts like numbers or letters. It was also created by W. Lee Savage, the father of Mythbusters host and special effects guy Adam Savage.

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Sesame Street's 40th: Five biggest controversies

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 12th 2009 11:01AM
Sit a kid in front of a TV for an hour a day and a parent is bound to find something that offends them, other than the fact that plopping impressionable minds in front of a TV unsupervised is considered "good parenting."

Sesame Street
is no stranger to controversy. Critics, cynics and crybabies have called out the show on everything from questionable behavior to the ambiguous situations...of puppets. Of course, all of these complaints and cackling criticisms just scratch the surface of a much bigger issue that has largely gone unaddressed: the total loss of our sanity and grasp on reality.

So as we look back at the last 40 years of television's greatest children's show, we see some speed bumps along the way. These are the ones that caused the greatest loss of tire pressure.

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Grouches gone wild

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 11th 2009 8:01PM
Everyone on Sesame Street is cheery and happy and beaming with cheery happiness, but all that internal sunshine has blinded from the reason why Oscar is such a grouch.

Finally, Oscar finds the gumption to tell everyone on Sesame Street why he's such a big ol' grouch.

WARNING: This video contains language some people might find offensive. So if you're within ear shot of your boss and don't like it when he gets all mad and fires you, use the headphones, please.

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Sesame Street 40th: Five greatest animated shorts

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 11th 2009 11:00AM
This week marks the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street, the greatest and most celebrated kids' show in the history of the known universe.

Its cast of colorful character and innovative use of the medium have made it more than just entertainment for the young ones. It's a children's show that has educated the growing minds of children all over the world. It's a show that has shaped a generation into curious and innovative people. It's a show that could kick the ass of any other children's show on the planet if the two were in some sort of a weird battle to the death, provided that no weapons were involved and Justice League doesn't count as a kids' show.

To celebrate this momentous day in television history, I'm compiling the most interesting moments, memories and characters from the show's 40 years into four special lists for their anniversary week (Why four? Because 40 would break the last ounce of my spirit), starting now with the show's best short cartoons.

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Sesame Street turns 40 today

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 10th 2009 5:29PM
Forty years ago today, a little show called Sesame Street first took to the airwaves. You may have heard of it. If not, please find the nearest child and ask them about it. Be sure to keep your guard up from the inevitable dolt-slap the child will give you.

We here at TV Squad have something special planned for this historic milestone in TV history. Until then, here's an interesting preview of the show discovered by the neat folks at Neatorama.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2009 6:03PM
Sesame Street DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I'm always amazed at how many seasons JAG lasted. It started on NBC in 1995 then went to CBS, and I really thought it was the type of show that wouldn't last beyond three seasons, but it lasted ten! I thought the same thing about NCIS, and look at what happened there too. Obviously I don't do well predicting how shows with all caps in their titles will do.

  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Vol. 2
  • Dawson's Creek - Complete Series
  • Discovery Collection - Complete Collection
  • G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero Collector's Set
  • Heartland - Season 1, Part 2
  • JAG - Season 9

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'Sesame Street' 40th Anniversary: A Retrospective (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 9th 2009 4:00PM
Sesame Street, Big Bird'Sesame Street' has always been one of the hippest places on the planet, and it promises to get even cooler in its 40th -- yes, 40th! -- season, premiering Nov. 10, 2009.

After four decades on the air, you might think we'd know just about everything there is to know about the famous neighborhood. But just in case you missed anything, we've compiled a few tidbits about Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie and the whole gang -- and some of our favorite videos from over the years.

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PBS ombudsman criticizes Sesame Street for 'POX News' joke

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 6th 2009 7:09PM
Poor Oscar the Grouch. Not even PBS' ombudsman will cut him a break. No wonder he's so grouchy. Well that and he lives in a garbage can. That would make me more than a little perturbed.

A clip of a two-year episode of Sesame Street popped up on YouTube thanks to conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart's on his Big Hollywood blog in which Grundgetta, Oscar's girlfriend, makes a crack about "POX News" that sounds very close to "FOX News." PBS' ombudsman Michael Getler said while the name could be construed as a "clever and appropriate title" to the "Grouch News Network," the joke about the reference "should have been resisted.

I was shocked when I saw it. Oscar the Grouch has a frigging girlfriend?!?


[via Popeater]

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