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The Morning Roundup: Kaley Cuoco Dating Superman, 'The Lone Ranger' Rides, Elmo Lawsuits Dropped

July 2nd, 2013 10:25am EDT
Kaley Cuoco
"The Big Bang Theory's" Kaley Cuoco and "Man of Steel" star Henry Cavill are dating. Both stars recently went through breakups and are reportedly infatuated with each other. (story)

"The Lone Ranger" hits theaters this week and looks to be another big hit for Disney and the folks who brought us the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series. One of our reviewers, who likes just about anything, wasn't impressed with Johnny Depp's performance as the Native American sidekick Tonto, saying he was a little more Captain Jack Sparrow than Kemosabe. (story)

The first fatal accident in the 30-year history ...
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Judge Dismisses Three Lawsuits Against 'Sesame Street' Puppeteer Kevin Clash

July 1st, 2013 10:11pm EDT
Kevin Clash
Three of the four underage sex lawsuits against former Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash have been thrown out of court by a New York judge.

Clash, 52, resigned from the long-running children's program in November after he was accused of having sex with a minor by college student Cecil Singleton, who claims that the two had consensual sex when he was just 15.

Three similar accusations followed, one from Kevin Kiadii, who alleges he met Clash via a gay phone sex line when he was 16 and an anonymous plaintiff, aka John Doe, who claims Clash flew him to New York for four days of sexual enco...
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'Cheers' Tops Poll Of Best TV Theme Songs

April 18th, 2013 8:25pm EDT
Cheers
Two decades after the last episode of Cheers, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" still resonates as the best TV theme song, according to readers of TV Guide Magazine. The mag asked readers to help them find the 60 best themes since the dawn of television, and some of the choices may surprise you.

Of course, Cheers' theme being on the list isn't too much of a shocker - it was actually featured in several other shows on the list as a joke or reference and some of its episodes are considered the best of all time. TV Guide also rated the show the 18th greatest in a recent list.

The Mary Tyle...
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Jon Hamm Joins Elmo On 'Sesame Street' For 'Word Of The Day'

April 16th, 2013 7:30pm EDT
Jon Hamm Joins Elmo On 'Sesame Street'
What does Jon Hamm do when he's not busy playing Don Draper on AMC's hit show "Mad Men?"

He helps out Elmo on Sesame Street with the word of the day of course. 

This Thursday, April 18th, Jon Hamm will be making a guest appearance on Sesame Street. He will appear with Elmo for a "Word of the Day" segment and help educate the kids on the definition of "sculpture."

Other recent celeb guests this season included Matt Kemp, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Ryan, Donald Glover, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Bobby Moynihan and more.

Jon Hamm is quite busy these days, he just joined the cast of the upcoming film "...
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Kevin Clash Asks For Sexual Assault Lawsuits To Be Dismissed

March 3rd, 2013 11:07am EST
Kevin Clash
Embattled former Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash has asked a judge to dismiss three lawsuits accusing him of inappropriate sexual acts with underage men. 

The man behind beloved character Elmo became embroiled in a sex scandal last year after he was accused of having relations with a string of men when they were minors. 

Clash quit the show in November as the scandal continued to play out and he was hit with legal action over the allegations, although he denied the claims. 

On Friday, his lawyer filed a motion in a New York City court to have three lawsuits dismissed, claiming the st...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Is Adorkable In 'Sesame Street' Appearance

February 13th, 2013 4:00pm EST
Joseph Gordon Levitt on Sesame Street
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be making a guest appearance on "Sesame Street" on Thursday, Feb. 14.

The actor will appear with muppet Murray for a "Word of the Day" segment to help educate kid viewers on the definition of "reinforce."

Gordon-Levitt has appeared in films such as "Lincoln," "Inception," and "The Dark Knight Rises." In less kid-friendly news, the actor recently decided to remove a racy sex scene from his directorial debut "Don Jon's Addiction" to make sure the movie lands an appropriate age rating.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah last month and is set f...
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Michael Buble: 'Elmo Didn't Do Anything'

December 13th, 2012 11:00am EST
Michael Buble
Michael Buble has defended his decision to perform with Sesame Street puppet Elmo after his furry friend's longtime handler quit the kids show amid sex abuse scandals.

Puppeteer Kevin Clash is still fighting the accusations he had sexual relations with minors after the first claim was recanted last month.

He quit the show when a second man came forward with claims Clash had acted inappropriately with him when he was a teenager, and two other men have since come forward with similar allegations and lawsuits.

However, the controversy didn't prompt Buble to cut Elmo from his Christmas TV...
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Survey Says: People Want Tim Tebow & Big Bird At Their Thanksgiving Table, Not Obama

November 22nd, 2012 8:53am EST
Tim Tebow
Discovery Channel series "Destination America," which celebrates the people places and stories of our country, just released a study, conducted by Nielsen, that delves into the behaviors of people during Thanksgiving.

When asked who they'd prefer at their dinner table for Thanksgiving, President Obama didn't fare as well as he did in the election. As a write-in option, just 5 percent were interested in sharing their turkey with the Commander in Chief.

Both Tim Tebow and Big Bird were each selected by 23 percent of Americans as preferred Thanksgiving dinner guests. Assuming that Big ...
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Man Who Accused Elmo Puppeteer Of Underage Sex Recants His Story

November 14th, 2012 8:26am EST
Kevin Clash
Earlier this week Kevin Clash, who has provided the voice of "Sesame Street's" Elmo since 1984, was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male seven years ago, when he was aged 45. On Tuesday, the unidentified accuser, now 23, recanted his story.

A statement from the accuser's lawyers, Andreozzi & Associates, reads: "He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. He will have no further comment on the matter."

Once the allegations were dropped, Clash released his own statement, which reads, "I am relieved that...
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Big Bird Is The Star Of A New Satirical, Anti-Romney Political Ad (Video)

October 9th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
Sesame Street
President Barack Obama's campaign seized a golden (or should we say yellow) opportunity to attack rival Mitt Romney after the Republican presidential candidate vowed to end federal funding for public broadcasting during last week's debate.

In a new political ad, images of convicted financiers flash by as a narrator states: "Bernie Madoff. Ken Lay. Dennis Kozlowski. Criminals. Gluttons of greed. And the evil genius who towered over them? One man has the guts to speak his name (with a shot of Romney). Big Bird!"

The narrator continues, "Big. Yellow. A menace to our economy. Mitt Romney kn...
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Cookie Monster Covers Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe'

July 11th, 2012 11:03am EDT
Sesame Street
Sesame Street has a long history of covering the top songs of the time, all the way back to "Eight Balls of Fur" (Great Balls of Fire). Now that Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe has been on Billboard's Hot 100 for 19 straight weeks, Sesame Street has released its own take.

Featuring fan favorite Cookie Monster, the music video follows the dessert lover on his never-ending quest to have just one more cookie (and one after that, and one after that...) At least the overall message is sharing!

The clip already had over 1.6 million views since its release on YouTube - that's only 150 times les...
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'General Hospital' Leads 2012 Daytime Emmy Award Nominations

May 9th, 2012 3:13pm EDT
General Hospital
Soap opera General Hospital has been tipped for glory at the 2012 Daytime Emmy Awards after scooping a whopping 23 nominations.

The long-running medical drama, which is up for the highly-coveted Outstanding Drama Series trophy, also landed nods in the best lead actor and actress categories for Maurice Bernard, Anthony Geary and Laura Wright.

Tying for second place were children's show Sesame Street and TV soap The Young and the Restless, which received 16 nominations a piece, while Days of Our Lives is up for 15.

Also receiving mentions were All My Children, One Life to Live, The Bold...
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'Sesame Street' Composer Pleads Not Guilty To Child Porn Charges

November 22nd, 2011 11:31pm EST
Sesame Street
A Grammy Award-winning Sesame Street composer has pleaded not guilty to allegations he handcuffed and photographed a naked four-year-old girl.

Fernando Rivas, 59, was arrested in April following a raid by FBI agents on his South Carolina home.

According to court documents, the authorities discovered a collection of explicit images depicting a nude, young child "restrained in handcuffs and other bondage-type devices."

Rivas was charged with federal counts of making and distributing child pornography and he appeared in court on Monday to protest his innocence, despite the police report sta...
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'Sesame Street's' YouTube Account Hacked; Replaced With Porn

October 17th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Sesame Street
"Sesame Street's" official YouTube account has been terminated after users were redirected to a porn site as part of an explicit prank.

A hacker replaced all links to the children show's YouTube page on Sunday and instead connected unsuspecting web viewers to an X-rated adult film.

The error was discovered within about 20 minutes and the channel was subsequently removed by officials once the programme was found to be in violation of the company's "community guidelines".

A rep for Sesame Workshop says, "Our channel was compromised and we are presently working with YouTube/Google to restor...
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No Gay Marriage For 'Sesame Street's' Bert And Ernie

August 12th, 2011 8:09am EDT
Sesame Street
The bosses of children's show Sesame Street are refusing to turn popular puppet characters Bert and Ernie gay, so they can get married.

A longtime fan of the show has posted a petition on website Change.org urging the writers and producers to consider a gay marriage episode now that same sex unions are legal in New York, where the program is set.

Lair Scott, who sparked debate with his Sesame Street gay marriage proposal, wrote, "It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different."

However, a spokesman for the Sesame Workshop insists the idea will nev...
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'Friday Night Lights' Wins 'Program Of The Year' At TCA Awards

August 8th, 2011 10:04am EDT
Friday  Night Lights
Critically acclaimed sports drama "Friday Night Lights" triumphed at the 2011 Television Critics Association Awards on Saturday night by landing the coveted Program of the Year prize.

The drama joined "Game of Thrones," "Modern Family," "Sesame Street" and "Mad Men" among the big award winners in Beverly Hills, while Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman and Ty Burrell picked up the top acting statuettes.

Meanwhile, Oprah Winfrey was honored with the Career Achievement Award and the TCA also paid homage to The Dick Van Dyke Show by presenting the beloved series with the Heritage Award.

The list of win...
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Yoda Named Best Movie Puppet Of All Time

June 16th, 2011 8:31am EDT
Yoda
Star Wars' Yoda has been voted the best screen puppet of all time.

The beloved Jedi Master saw off competition from other characters including Kermit The Frog and Zippy in a poll by U.K. movie library LoveFilm - held to mark the release of The Beaver, in which Mel Gibson communicates through a hand puppet.

The Kim Jong Il marionette from Trey Parker and Matt Stone's 2004 comedy Team America: World Police was runner-up, while lovable muppet Kermit came third.

Zippy from classic British TV show Rainbow - voiced by the late Roy Skelton - was in fourth place, while Sesame Street's Elmo wa...
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'All My Children' And 'One Life To Live' Lead 2011 Daytime Emmy Nominations

May 11th, 2011 11:18am EDT
All My Children
Axed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live are set to go out with a bang after scoring a combined total of 25 nominations for the 2011 Daytime Emmy Awards.

Earlier this year, ABC network bosses announced All My Children will come to an end in September after 41 years on air, while One Life To Live will also be scrapped following a 43-year run.

However, the shows look set to dominate the 38th annual Daytime Emmys - All My Children, which has 13 nominations, is up for Outstanding Drama Series, competing against The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital and The Young and the Restle...
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Katy Perry Surprised By 'Sesame Street' Controversy

May 10th, 2011 11:23pm EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry had no idea her appearance on hit children's show Sesame Street would cause such a controversy, because TV producers had no objections to her revealing outfit during filming.

The "I Kissed A Girl" hitmaker filmed a clip alongside puppet Elmo for the program last year, during which the pair sang a child-friendly version of her song "Hot N Cold."

But the low-cut dress she wore for the shoot landed her in trouble with concerned parents, who complained to TV bosses after viewing promo photos, prompting show executives to scrap the footage.

Perry insists she would have been happy t...
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Ellen Pompeo Films 'Sesame Street' Cameo

December 29th, 2010 11:42am EST
Ellen Pompeo
Actress Ellen Pompeo has become the latest star to take a walk on Sesame Street - and she's used her appearance to encourage children to stay healthy.

The Grey's Anatomy star recently filmed a cameo role for the beloved kids' show, in which she teaches children all about well being.

Accompanied by cuddly character Elmo, she says, "The word healthy means taking good care of yourself and there are lots of ways to keep your body healthy."

"(Fruit and vegetables are) healthy. Good hygiene is very healthy. Resting is healthy. Exercise is definitely healthy Elmo!"

Pompeo follows in the fo...
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James Earl Jones Thought 'Sesame Street' Would Be A Flop

November 30th, 2010 10:11am EST
James Earl Jones
Hollywood actor James Earl Jones was convinced long running children's series Sesame Street would be a big flop - because he feared the colorful puppets would be "too scary for kids."

The Star Wars legend joined pal Burt Lancaster to film pilots for the show in 1969, teaching tots how to count and recite the alphabet, but he was sure the then-groundbreaking format would fail to entice young viewers to learn with Jim Henson's Muppets.

He tells the New York Post, "It was Burt Lancaster and I. He had the letters, and I had the numbers, or vice versa. I said to one of the producers, 'You kn...
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VH1 Deflates Katy Perry's Chest For 'Divas Salute The Troops' Poster (Photo)

November 19th, 2010 10:00am EST
Katy Perry
Katy Perry's bust has hit the headlines again after her handlers asked VH1 marketing men to tone down her assets for the poster advertising the upcoming "Divas Salute The Troops" TV special.

The newlywed singer appears parachuting into the ad and her reps feared Perry's sizeable chest would stir up fresh controversy - so they asked for a retouch, according to reports.

Her boobs were digitally toned down to appear smaller in the official poster for the December 5 concert.

A source tells UsMagazine.com, "Her team thought her boobs looked too big."

It's not the first time Perry's breasts h...
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Some Think 'Sesame Street' Twitter Post Had Gay Reference

October 26th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
Sesame Street
Back in June, Bert from the popular Sesame Street duo Bert and Ernie posted a seemingly-innocent entry on Twitter: "Bert: Ever notice how similar my hair is to Mr. T’s? The only difference is mine is a little more ‘mo,’ a little less ‘hawk.’"

"Mo" is considered slang for male homosexual within the gay community, and the post was made during Pride Month (as well as the release of The A-Team movie). Gay bloggers rejoiced that Bert was coming out of the closet, and once again the relationship between Bert and Ernie - who live and sleep in the same room - was called into question.

Here is th...
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'Sesame Street' Spoofs Old Spice Guy

October 11th, 2010 10:01am EDT
Sesame Street
Sesame Street has spoofed the Emmy-winning Old Spice commercial featuring "Old Spice Guy" Isaiah Mustafa with one of their own starring Grover.

The real commercial premiered during the Super Bowl, and has received over 21 million hits on YouTube since it was posted. Mustafa has gone on to star in subsequent ads both online and on TV. He has also been cast in the Jennifer Aniston movie Horrible Bosses. Maybe an appearance on Sesame Street is in the future?

While Grover's ad didn't go as perfectly as the original (much to our amusement), it will no doubt draw as much attention a...
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Katy Perry To Guest Star On 'The Simpsons'

September 27th, 2010 11:37am EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry is swapping Sesame Street for The Simpsons - the singer has signed up to star in a special live action episode of the long running TV comedy.

The pop star was due to make a cameo appearance in the hit kids' show alongside beloved character Elmo later this year, but the sketch was scrapped following a swathe of complaints from parents over her skimpy outfit.

Now Perry has found herself a role in the more adult The Simpsons, in a Christmas episode which will see the famous family transformed into puppets. Perry will play herself in the unusual live action sequence and lead the ...
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Katy Perry Pokes Fun Of 'Sesame Street' Boob Ban On SNL

September 27th, 2010 9:00am EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry poked fun at her recent "Sesame Street" controversy by playing a busty teenage librarian in a skit on comedy show "Saturday Night Live."

The pop star, who was the show's musical guest, donned a tight-fitting Elmo T-shirt, which barely contained her breasts, for the Bronx Beat skit.

Perry hit the headlines last week when a Sesame Street clip she shot alongside puppet Elmo was scrapped after parents complained she was showing too much cleavage.

Playing clueless teenager Maureen de Chico on SNL, Perry said of her boobs, "I guess I developed over the summer...It's so embarrassing....
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'Sesame Street' Producer Surprised By Katy Perry Backlash

September 25th, 2010 8:00am EDT
Sesame Street
Sesame Street's executive producer has defended TV bosses' decision to invite Katy Perry onto the iconic children's show, despite the public uproar her revealing outfit caused earlier this week.

The pop star shot a special guest segment for the program, in which she sings a child-friendly version of her chart hit Hot N Cold with beloved puppet character Elmo.

The clip, filmed as part of the upcoming 41st season of Sesame Street, recently hit the internet - sparking a wave of complaints from parents concerned Perry's low-cut dress was too revealing for kids' TV.

The deluge of criticism pr...
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Katy Perry Hits Back At Her 'Sex-With-Me Street' Ban

September 24th, 2010 9:30am EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry has skirted a broadcast ban on her racy cameo appearance in kids' show Sesame Street - by posting the clip on her website.

The I Kissed A Girl hit-maker shot a special guest segment for the show, in which she sings a child-friendly version of her song Hot N Cold with beloved character Elmo. The clip was due to be broadcast on New Year's Eve but TV bosses pulled the plug on their plans this week after a deluge of complaints from parents who claimed Perry's figure-hugging dress was too revealing for a children's show.

However, Perry has refused to deny her fans the chance to se...
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Katy Perry's Sexy 'Sesame Street' Stint 'Scrapped'

September 23rd, 2010 8:51am EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry's appearance on Sesame Street has reportedly been scrapped after parents branded the singer's cleavage-baring dress too sexy for kids' TV.

The I Kissed A Girl hit-maker filmed a cameo role for the show, singing a child-friendly version of her song Hot 'N Cold with beloved character Elmo.

The clip became an internet hit when it surfaced online this week but has reportedly incurred the wrath of parents, who complained about the star's low-cut mini-dress and deemed the flesh-flashing frock inappropriate for children's viewing.

"You can practically see her t*ts. That's some wond...
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Katy Perry Duets With Elmo On 'Sesame Street'

September 21st, 2010 11:07am EDT
Katy Perry and Elmo
Katy Perry has fallen in love with Elmo after filming a Hot N Cold duet with him for Sesame Street. Perry is shown chasing Elmo around fairs and city streets in a game of tag.

Katy is wearing green dress and veil - perhaps a nod to her upcoming nuptials with Russell Brand - in the scene, which was filmed back in March. She tweeted to Brand at the time, "Sunny day today! I think I'm in lurv... Sorry rustyrockets!!"

The guest spot airs only a few days since Katy's reportedly-raunchy bachelorette party, after which she posted on Twitter "Signing up for a liver transplant now....
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