By now you should be able to tell me how to get to Sesame Street. This month, the children’s the series begins its 50th year on TV in a big way. In addition to making multiple trips to TV morning shows like TODAY and Good Morning America, Sesame Street will celebrate with a 50th Anniversary Special on November 9th on HBO.
Hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the special reimagines classic segments and songs like “People in Your Neighborhood” and “It’s Not Easy Being Green” as the Sesame Street gang gets ready for a big celebration. The special includes cameos from rarely seen characters like Roosevelt Franklin and Kermit the Frog, and visits from celebrity guests Whoopi Goldberg, Patti LaBelle, Elvis Costello, Meghan Trainor, Sterling K. Brown, Norah Jones, Nile Rodgers, and Itzhak Perlman.
Human cast members returning for the special include Bob McGrath (Bob), Sonia Manzano (Maria), Emilio Delgado (Luis), Loretta Long (Susan), Roscoe Orman (Gordon), Linda Bove (Linda), Alison Bartlett (Gina), Nitya Vidyasagar (Leela), and Olamide Faison (Miles).
The Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Special airs on November 9 at 7 p.m. on HBO and November 17 on PBS both airing at 7 p.m. New weekly episodes begin on HBO on November 16 at 9 a.m. It is unclear when season 50 will air on PBS.
Highlights for the new season include a new segment called “Big Bird’s Road Trip” with the big yellow guy touring the United States (and maybe beyond) finding out what kids love about their communities. In each installment, Big Bird meets a new friend and video chats with Elmo back on Sesame Street, sharing what’s special about their families, interests and neighborhoods.
(Main Photo: Richard Termine/HBO)
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