Stars on “Sesame Street”


I love it when my favorite things intersect — like, say, when Heart appears on The L Word, or ’80s stars sing a Dreamgirls song. It always surprises and delights me. But I’ve never been more surprised than I am by the notion of stars of The Sopranos appearing on Sesame Street. They’ll drop by for a holiday special, as will Jennifer Hudson, Sheryl Crow and Alicia Keys. Celebrities will help Elmo count down the days to Christmas.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts) and Steve Schirripa (Bobby Baccalieri) “will shed their tough-guy image from their years on Sopranos in a skit in which they will play Bert and Ernie with guidance from the real Muppets.”

They’re going to play Bert and Ernie? What? This is as disturbing as the puppet sex in Avenue Q or Team America: World Police.

Sadly, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys will be playing themselves. I was thinking that maybe Zoe and Rosita could get together and beat the crap out of Abby Cadabby. Oops, I mean, dance around with her and celebrate how great life is on Sesame Street. Especially when the guest stars wear tank tops. What? I can hope.

Meanwhile, TV Guide expresses faux surprise that Elmo isn’t Jewish. That’s no great shock to me; I always figured Telly Monster was the kvetching one.

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