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'Sesame Street' Producer Surprised By Katy Perry Backlash

9/25/2010 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...

Katy Perry Hits Back At Her 'Sex-With-Me Street' Ban

9/24/2010 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...

Katy Perry's Sexy 'Sesame Street' Stint 'Scrapped'

9/23/2010 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...

Katy Perry Duets With Elmo On 'Sesame Street'

9/21/2010 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....

Regina King Slams Emmy Award Bosses

9/9/2010 8:37am EDT
Regina King
Ray actress Regina King has blasted bosses of the Emmy Awards for leaving significant African-Americans off their 2010 shortlist, insisting officials are snubbing non-white stars every year.

King has written an open letter questioning the selection process for the ceremonies, and pointing out that late Broadway star and children's TV presenter Alaina Reed Hall was left off the Emmys' memoriam honors.

In the message, published in The Huffington Post, she asks why only 53 non-white performers have been nominated in the awards' history "out of nearly 1,000 possible nominations in the top f...

30 Days Of Christmas: Week One

11/30/2009 1:55pm EST
Home Alone
One holiday. One month. One woman. Thirty individual movies. Readers, ready? Go!

Day One: Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2009 - Home Alone

When I was a kid, the magic of "Home Alone" was in what Kevin McAllister (Macaulay Culkin) was able to accomplish on his own. I was younger than his character when the film was first released, and watching him rig his house full of booby traps to catch the bad guys was almost inspirational. I found myself digging through my Playskool toy bins after returning home from the theater to see if I, too, could pull something like that off if situation cal...

Macy's 2009 Thanksgiving Day Parade: Meh

11/28/2009 8:51am EST
So, in the spirit of Turkey Day and all that is holy in the holiday season traditions, I got up too early to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade along with an equally weary Liz Lewis. This year was pretty run of the mill.

Like all years past, NBC rolled in with semi truck filled with shameless plugs, an overload of NBC promotions, and puns corny enough to even make younger kids grimace. The route changed, to the chagrin of all those with pricey Broadway real estate who look forward to this fall classic, and the cast of Glee was glaringly absent. With NBC bringing out some real...

Slideshow: Most Unpleasant Celebrities

3/2/2009 2:14pm EST
Naomi Campbell
Some celebrities you might not be too pleased to meet. Check out our slideshow of some of the meanest & most sour ones:

Victoria Beckham

Maybe she doesn't smile because she's afraid her face might crack. Victoria Beckham always looks upset, whether she's at Barneys or Bendel. She claims that she is actually a rather nice person and doesn't understand why everyone thinks she's so unpleasant. Who knows? Could it have something to do with her perpetually pissed-off expression? Victoria, we know you love fashion, but a sourpuss does not equal fierceness. Maybe you should take Tyra...

Actress/Singer Kristin Chenoweth Releases Christmas CD; Win A Signed Copy!

10/31/2008 7:00pm EDT
Kristin Chenoweth
On October 14, 2008 Sony BMG Masterworks released Kristin Chenoweth's new Christmas CD A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas. For her third album, Chenoweth covers a wide range of Christmas songs from "Christmas Island," popularized by The Andrew's Sisters to Kristin's personal favorite "Come On Ring Those Bells."

Recorded at Capitol Recording Studio's legendary Studios A & B where Sinatra, Judy Garland and Nat King Cole all etched their Christmas standards, A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas is an eclectic combination of full orchestral arrangements, along with big band, a bit of tropical isla...

Muppets Forever: The House That Henson Built

9/30/2008 11:46am EDT
Sesame Street
For nearly 40 years Jim Henson’s Muppets have captivated audiences young and old, whether down the block on Sesame Street, from backstage on their own syndicated variety show, or even on the big screen. They’ve earned fans in Kanye West, Feist, Weezer, and Jason Segel, who’s been commissioned to bring them back to the moviehouse. This is the story of Jim Henson and how he built his beloved empire from a discarded housecoat and a pair of ping-pong balls.

When I lived in L.A., one of my favorite pastimes was walking up La Brea Avenue toward Hollywood Boulevard. Amid the hip boutiques, ch...

Great TV Duos

9/25/2008 9:17am EDT
The Office
Who could forget Lucy and Desi from I Love Lucy, Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street, Jim and Pam from The Office or Beavis and Butthead from MTV? There are some television duos that have such a prominent existence in your head, that you have a hard time imagining one half of the duo without the other one. Here are some more great television duos.

Jemaine and Bret (Flight of the Conchords) - Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie are a New Zealand comedy duo who now stars on the hit HBO show, Flight of the Conchords. This duo will have you rolling on the ground laughing with their crazy song...

'Dancing With The Stars' Post-Show Interview With Jason Taylor

5/6/2008 2:57pm EDT
Jason Taylor
"The Dancing with the Stars" competition has definitely heated up. Tonight is elimination night, but it's almost safe to say Miami Dolphin's Jason Taylor and partner Edyta Sliwinska will make it to the semi-final round next week. Between his hectic 10-hour a day practice schedule, shooting an episode with Sesame Street, rubbing elbows with the likes of Denzel Washington and Al Pacino, and writing for ESPN, Jason answered a few post-show questions for us in this Q & A.

Was that your first spray-on tan?

My second. The first was by God-his lasts longer!!

How hot is it on the danc...

Top 20 Kid Shows From The 80s & 90s

4/29/2008 11:35am EDT
Ren & Stimpy
Remember the innocence of childhood? The birthday parties. The water gun fights. The sleep overs. Oh, and the television shows! This is a countdown of the top 20 kids shows from the mid 80s and mid 90s. There are some exceptions, though, and they are as follows:

Though excellent shows, programs such as Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Sesame Street, and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" are absent from this list. This isn’t just because they premiered decades ago but also because their target demographic was roughly children six and under, rather than kids aged seven to fifteen, which this coun...

TV's Longest Running Shows Continue To Thrive

1/24/2008 10:16am EST
The Simpsons
With the writers' strike still in effect, TV viewers are in limbo. No one knows for sure which "bubble" shows will make it through another season. The fate of series such as "Moonlight," "Medium" and "Supernatural" is unknown. The pilot season, which usually gears up in January, is not gearing up.

While viewers wait to see when and if their favorite TV shows will return, we take a look at some of the small screen programs that have not only survived but thrived over the years. The writers' strike is just a blip on the radar for these heavy hitters.

This is a list based on fact...

Award Winning Documentary 'Showbusiness – The Road To Broadway' On DVD; Win A Copy!

10/17/2007 4:25pm EDT
ShowBusiness – The Road to Broadway
ShowBusiness – The Road to Broadway intimately follows four high-profile musicals that would eventually become Tony Award nominees: the adult-oriented comic paean to Sesame Street, Avenue Q, the glam-rock Boy George autobiography Taboo, the Wizard of Oz-inspired Wicked & the powerful and socially conscious Caroline or Change.

The documentary provides an insightful and entertaining never-before-seen look at the inner workings of Broadway musicals, from casting and staging to the previews and red-carpeted opening nights, the documentary dramatically captures the hard-work ethic, imagina...

NBC Leads Television Critics Association Nominations

6/6/2007 10:36am EDT
The Television Critics Association today unveiled its 2007 TCA Award nominations. Once again, NBC leads the list with 13 nominations on the strength of its strong freshmen series, including, "30 Rock," "Friday Night Lights" and "Heroes," which garnered 12 nominations total. Third-year comedy "The Office" received the other nod.

Other newcomers also received recognition. ABC's "Ugly Betty" received three nominations while Showtime's "Dexter" netted a pair. ABC Family saw success in children's programming with their series "Lincoln Heights" and "Kyle XY."

HBO programs received nine ...

Mormon Play By 'South Park' Creators A Reality

6/21/2006 10:08am EDT
Trey Parker and Matt Stone
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are working on a Broadway musical - about Mormons. The new show - which will be co-created by Avenue Q writer Jeff Marx - is currently being developed by the comic duo but is yet to be given a title. Marx told Bang Showbiz: "Trey and Matt were over with me in London recently while I open Q here and so far we've written about four songs but we've got loads more ideas.

"The show is going to have nothing to do with their show, South Park, or my musical. It'll be something totally new and it's going to be something totally different.

He a...

John Lithgow Works To Get Kids Reading

11/14/2005 2:38pm EST
John Lithgow
As National Children's Book Week (Nov. 14-20) kicks off, actors and children's book authors John Lithgow and Sonia Manzano -- "Maria" from Sesame Street -- are joining Cheerios and First Book, a national literacy organization, to help get books into children's hands. This effort is important, as 61% of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children, and 37% of 4th graders read below the basic achievement level.

Through its Spoonfuls of Stories program, Cheerios is putting 5 million free children's books -- including Lithgow's book, "I'm a Manatee," and Manza...