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Sesame Street to air hurricane special Friday November 9

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Nov 7, 2012.

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  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    This special will air in Sesame's regular timeslot on PBS on your local stations...

    'Sesame Street' to air hurricane special Friday


    Poor Big Bird can’t catch a break. In October, presidential candidate Mitt Romney threatened to effectively fire the Muppet by defunding PBS. Later that month, Mr. Snuffleupagus’s BFF had to contend with costume retailers selling unlicensed “Sexy Big Bird” outfits. And on Friday, the yellow guy will face his biggest challenge yet: A devastating hurricane that rips through Sesame Street, destroying Big Bird’s nest and leaving his entire neighborhood in chaos.

    Strictly speaking, this isn’t the first time Big Bird has faced a superstorm. The disaster-themed Sesame Street episode that will play later this week is actually a condensed, edited version of a five-part Sesame series that first aired in 2001. “[It] played out over five days and told the story of everybody on the street getting ready for a hurricane, and then ultimately recovering from a hurricane,” Sesame Street supervising producer Nadine Zylstra explained to EW over the phone today. Originally, the hurricane series wasn’t inspired by any specific event — “It was designed to stand alone as a piece,” says Zylstra.

    In 2005, Sesame Street re-aired the series in its entirety weeks after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. And last week, the show’s producers decided to trot it out once more in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, albeit with a few twists.“When the show had originally been written, it wasn’t intended to go after a devastating disaster. It was intended to maybe be used as a tool for people to prepare for a storm,” Zylstra says.

    For this latest airing, the show’s team excised the portion about hurricane preparation and edited the hour so that it focuses on Big Bird’s loss — his nest is ruined, and after it’s been repaired, he returns home only to find that the nest still isn’t safe for habitation. (A city nest inspector tells Big Bird that its mud isn’t dry yet.) The show’s new opening and transitions have also been incorporated. The result is a powerful hour that will resonate with anyone suffering a loss caused by Sandy — or another natural disaster.

    Putting this special together on short notice — and in a largely power-less New York City — wasn’t easy. The show’s tapes were stranded in a storage facility in Long Island City, Queens; its lead editor was trapped in Hoboken, one of New Jersey’s hardest-hit cities; its assistant editor was hit by a car while riding a bike from her home in Brooklyn to Sesame Street‘s offices in Manhattan. Still, the team managed to pull together and create something to be proud of. “Nobody even blinked an eye,” Zylstra recalls. “If you said, ‘Sorry, we need you to come over from Hoboken, and we know you’ve got no power at home, and we know you have to climb over sandbags to get out of your house…”

    Oh, and that assistant editor? After getting treatment for her fractured wrist, “she was here the next day, saying, ‘Okay, I’m ready. I can digitize with my other hand.’”
    Check your local listings to find out when you can watch Sesame‘s hurricane special on TV. The original five-part series is also available on a subsection of Sesame Street‘s website, sesamestreet.org/hurricane. No Muppets were harmed in the making of this episode.


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  2. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Unfortunately, because of daylight savings time's expiration, Sesame now only airs here in PR on its weekend timeslot of Saturdays and Sundays at 8 AM (well, 9 AM now until DST starts up again next April). So I won't be able to watch this. But I wonder who out there besides me remembers the other time the street was hit by a powerful hurricane? The thing I always remember about that was the grownups laying two strips of protective tape against the insides of 1-2-3's windows making it look like X's. And Oscar, convinced to move inside after his trashcan got knocked about looks out once the storm's passed with a happy yet sad reflective notion at the mess and how it'll all be cleaned up in the following days.
  3. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I had a feeling they would just air the "Friends to the Rescue" video, but nope, they re-edited the whole thing from scratch. That's great of them.
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  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I was about to ask why did they wait this long to air the hurricane episodes since Sandy happened a week ago, but I see now that they're condensing it down to a single special, rather than airing the story arc in its five-part installments like they did for previous hurricanes like Katrina.
  5. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    I'm somewhat happy about this...I would rather see the whole 5 episode full version with everything together, but I guess this is better than nothing...
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  6. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    I'm so glad they do things like this. I love the geniuses who work at Sesame Workshop.
    And this is something that Romney wanted to cut?
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Okay, question: why do we need two threads about this, and one of the threads be locked?
  8. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    I didn't notice the two threads..but it is quite annoying when there are more than one thread at the same time about the same thing. Let's keep the conversation all in one place
  9. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    This one is about the announcement, the other one is the discussion of the special when it airs.
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  10. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    One is a discussion before the show airs, the other is for after.
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  11. ncchuck

    ncchuck Well-Known Member

    you are so right.. so many things that could be cut to help the country and he chose SS,so glad we dont have to deal with him for 4 more years imo.
  12. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    These shows are great I just watched them online, so many things happend, and it is one of the last times we see Kermit on the street

    Also was the part about Granny Bird not being able to come and help Big Bird build his nest for 3 weeks was that a jab at FEMA?
  13. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

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