Hard to believe, but some of the early viewers of Sesame Street are now probably watching the show with their grandchildren. The classic TV series beloved by preschoolers and their caregivers will launch season 42 on PBS Kids September 26th.
In an effort to encourage school readiness, especially in the disciplines of science and math, areas where U.S. students are falling behind, the producers say the new season focuses on a STEM curriculum, an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. Other season highlights include original songs and street stories; a brand new segment “Murray’s Science Experiments;” new “Super Grover 2.0” stories and new “Abby’s Flying Fairy School” animations.
Also in season 42 are many humorous celebrity moments featuring Elmo, Oscar, Abby and their friends making keen observations and showing their interest in hands-on investigation…all of which reinforce and encourage preschoolers to say: “Let’s find out!”
“Sesame Street’s curriculum fosters children’s natural inclinations to ask questions and encourages investigation and experimentation in order to make new discoveries,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Vice President of Education and Research, Sesame Workshop.
An impressive line-up of celebrities and headline makers are featured in the new season including Academy Award-winning and nominated actors Nicole Kidman, Robin Williams, Amy Adams, Naomi Watts and Mark Ruffalo; Golden Globe nominated actors Liev Schreiber, Mila Kunis, Sofia Vergara and Emma Stone; Emmy Award-winning and nominated actors Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg and Jesse Tyler Ferguson; X-Men’s James Marsden; Gone Baby Gone’s Michelle Monaghan; Bored to Death’s Jason Schwartzman; actor Jerry O’Connell; Grammy Award-winning and nominated musicians Juanes, Elvis Costello and Bruno Mars; LA Philharmonic’s Gustavo Dudamel; rapper Jay Sean; late night hosts Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, George Lopez and Conan O’Brien; New Orleans Saints Quarterback and MVP of Super Bowl XLIV Drew Brees; The Harlem Globetrotters; NBA All-Stars and New York Knicks players Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony; The Daily Show’s Samantha Bee and Jason Jones; The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki; The Office’s John Krasinski; Community’s Joel McHale and Ken Jeong; CSI Miami’s Adam Rodriguez; Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez; Broadway star Sutton Foster; Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Timed to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month, Sesame Street will premiere a special episode “The Latinization of Marco” where Gina teaches her adopted Guatemalan-born son about his roots. Special guests include South American superstar, Juanes, Sofia Vergara teaching the Spanish word “baile,” and Ballet Hispanico.