The 1 Rock Star Who Can’t Seem To Find His Way To ‘Sesame Street’
Sesame Street is premiering its 50th season this week. It defined children’s programming on American television on Nov. 9. 1969 and has been going strong since then. The legendary children’s program has been teaching children their ABCs, counting with Count von Count, and essential social skills like sharing and forgiveness.
Over the years, Sesame Street has welcomed a wide variety of celebrity guests. But there is one celebrity guest the program just can’t seem to help find their way to Sesame Street.
Find out who that is, plus all about the show’s upcoming new 50th season.
‘Sesame Street’ and its legacy
Sesame Street‘s lasting legacy is measured in the countless viewers who have grown up learning lessons in handling grief, kindness and in understanding others different from ourselves. The show seems to handle so many issues with such ease but great thought and consultation with field experts actually goes into their approach to delicate situations.
USA Today spoke with TV historian Tim Brooks who noted, “Sesame Street is proof that the show with top ratings or sensation-of-the-moment status is not necessarily the one that has the most lasting impact. Because of its brilliant design and clearly defined audience of children in their formative years, it has probably had a greater positive impact on generations of young viewers than any show on television over the last 50 years.”
Celebrities who have appeared on the children’s program
The first celebrity who ever appeared on Sesame Street was James Earl Jones, who appeared in 1969, the same year the show premiered. Since then, other stars have followed in Jones’ footsteps including Allison Janney, Anne Hathaway, Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Gloria Estefan, Katie Couric, Marisa Tomei, Prince, Rachael Ray, Whoopi Goldberg and so many others.
Former head writer and puppeteer Joey Mazzarino told Entertainment Weekly in 2012, says “We call it a celebrity car wash. Every 45 minutes there’s a new star walking through the door. I try to write the script for the person, depending on if it’s a comedy star or sports figure. But I love when people like Melissa McCarthy or Steve Carell come in and improv.”
Executive producer Carol-Lynn Parente told EW, ”We have a long list of people dying to be on. It comes down to who is available and what type of skit we need to film.”
She notes that psychologists affirm that children learn better when they’re watching with a parent, and the fact is, parents are more likely to watch with their kids if there’s a celebrity on.
The Show Really Wants Someone To Tell Bruce Springsteen How To Get To Sesame Street
The show’s executive producer, Ben Lehmann talked to The New York Post about the one celebrity ‘get’ they can’t seem to get on the show.
“Bruce Springsteen is cited the most internally [to appear on the show] but it’s just never worked out.”
“He says he’d love to do it, but we just haven’t caught that moment in time. He’s got an incredible story and music career.”
New Episodes for Sesame Street’s 50th Season Start on HBO This Saturday, Nov. 16 at 9:00 AM!