Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

C Is for Change: 'Sesame Street' Drops Veteran Cast Members

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

C Is for Change: 'Sesame Street' Drops Veteran Cast Members

Article excerpt

Past decades in America have seen shifts in social norms and individuals' rights, new fashions come and gone, political movements and technological revolutions, but one thing remained constant - "Sesame Street" and its core cast of human and muppet characters.

The iconic children's program weathered America's shifting tastes for decades, and the one-hour show continued to take viewers to 123 Sesame Street, a fictional address in New York City where humans and Muppets coexist and have blended education with entertainment since 1969. Yet amid a whirl of changes to adapt to 21st century entertainment, the show's makers have now confirmed what is, for many fans, one of the most hard-hitting: saying goodbye to three veteran actors.

Last year's decision by creative producers at Sesame Workshop to shift from PBS to the premium cable station HBO was a financial opportunity that brought with it a host of small changes: a shortened show, a jazzed up theme song, and a revised set. …

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