Last week, we told you that the Westboro Baptist Church, a merry band of noxious trolls with questionable ties to Jesus, is returning to New York to picket the New York Times, Facebook, the Huffington Post, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. It appears that the WBC has realized that picketing media outle ... More >>
It's Z100's party, they can book who they want to
If you don't know who Ariana Grande is, congratulations! You neither watch nor have anyone young enough in your life who watches Nickelodeon (Or, alternatively, sorry! You neither get high nor have anyone high enough in your life who watches Nickelodeon). But you should get accustomed to her name si ... More >>
Believe it or not, it's now been 20 years since Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered, changing the way '90s kids saw the world by combining teen drama with dinosaur robots. It also introduced a generation to the power of electric guitars as the show's immortal "Go Go Power Rangers" theme has becom ... More >>
Grand Morelos on Grand Avenue in East Williamsburg is a 24-hour Mexican diner that specializes in quinceañera cakes and never-ending cups of 90 cent coffee. The restaurant does more business at 3 a.m. than at noon, and the waitresses here flip between Spanish and English in a snap. It is a true nei ... More >>
Come 2014-2015, New Yorkers are going to be able to meet Miss Piggy in the ... felt. On Monday, the Museum of the Moving Image and Mayor Bloomberg announced the creation of a new gallery that will house 400 puppets, costumes, props, and miscellany donated by the family of Jim Henson, the visionary b ... More >>
Can marketing counterfeit versions of Sponge Bob Square Pants (actual cartoon at right) and Dora the Explorer filled with lead, other dangerous chemicals and choking hazards to children make you rich? Yes, boys and girls, it sure can. The feds reported today they seized a Porsche and a Lexus, alon ... More >>
Cat Dog. Hey Arnold. Rugrats. All That! Rocket Power. Legends of the Hidden Temple. Salute Your Shorts. Figure It Out. The Wild Thornberries. Everything on Nick Jr. Everything on Nick at Nite (The Cosby Show! Cheers!). I'm probably leaving out a few but, for the most p ... More >>
Just a reminder that food (and Sesame Street) can make life better. Hope everyone has a great weekend, and see you back here on Monday.
When Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi started writing the offbeat Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete and Pete in the early nineties, they didn't really know what they were doing. Much less did they expect that 17 years later, the quirky experiment in children's programming would amount to three ... More >>
The new face of poverty on Sesame StreetIn an effort to raise awareness about poverty and hunger, the makers of Sesame Street are introducing a new Muppet to the neighborhood. Her name is Lily, and her family has an "ongoing struggle with hunger."
Of Montreal on Yo Gabba Gabba! from NickPress on Vimeo.A friend from San Francisco sent this in to Fork in the Road. It's a song from Of Montreal that I've never heard them perform in concert, and casts the band in a more wholesome mode than you've probably seen them in lately.
Remembering the genius of Jim Henson
That's what the Sesame Street producers swore in their response to the petition asking the two male roommates to get married. Said the officials: "Bert and Ernie are best friends. "Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most ... More >>
Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie have been living together for 40 years. And now, an online petition demanding that Sesame Street allow Bert and Ernie to wed is circulating. As of this posting it has almost 4,500 signatures. "Let us teach tolerance of those that are different," the petition's d ... More >>
"Won't you be my neighbor? REMIX!"A decade after Mister Rogers' Neighborhood went off the air, PBS has announced a spin-off called Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. The series will be animated and star Daniel Tiger, the son of Daniel Striped Tiger, who was originally a puppet. The original Mister ... More >>
Monday marks a long-awaited moment in New York City history: The start of Smurfs Week. Yes. City officials announced it yesterday, and it is so. The Smurfs are taking on the "ambassadorial role" once held by Sesame Street characters and Dora the Explorer! The ostensible purpose of this market ... More >>
Not just a cartoon, but a movement
Would you be surprised if you popped in a tape of Dora the Explorer for your kids and Bubble Butt Bonanza No. 17 came on instead? The New York Daily News tells the story of a Candice Connor, a woman who faced that very situation via an "accidentally" porn DVD she bought from Toys R Us. The m ... More >>
Caitlin Sanchez, the voice of Latino exploring superstar Dora the Explorer, finally settled her lawsuit against Nickelodeon. Not afraid of biting the hand that fed her cartoonish mouth, Sanchez accused Nickelodeon of making her sign an "unconscionable contract without adequate compensation." Sanc ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 16, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 29 'Sesame Street' Learns It's Paved with Gold By Carol B. Liebman The Children's Television Workshop, producers of "Sesame Street," was attacked this spring by tv critics of the Times and the Daily News for ... More >>
Elmo couldn't quite grasp the Katy Perry breast situation, so her racy figure skater get-up got her edited out of Sesame Street. You know what they say: for every chesty pop star, there's a children's show that's tired of screwing her. But there on the rebound is another show with yellow char ... More >>
Why in the world would Sesame Street pull a segment featuring Elmo and Katy Perry singing a rewritten song of hers?
Ben Clark/NickelodeonBottom row: Christian Jacobs, DJ Lance Rock, and Scott Shultz. Top row: Brobee, Muno, Plex.The characters of the Nickelodeon preschool children's show, Yo Gabba Gabba!, recently barbecued with riff-rockers Them Crooked Vultures: picture a gap-toothed cyclops (Muno), a pin ... More >>
Is posing with Terry Richardson the new Make A Guest Appearance on Sesame Street Yo Gabba Gabba?
The Bard and Big Bird collide
Sesame Street via Lafayette Avenue
Jung's Red Book at the Rubin, w/admission
As often happens in the madhouse that is the rightwing blogosphere, a conservative recently got mad about an old TV show: Big Hollywood denounced Sesame Street for a 2007 episode in which Oscar the Grouch said, "I am watching 'Pox' News. Now there is a trashy news show." The episode actually ... More >>
It was always going to be a thankless task, replacing Maura Johnston at Idolator--she was fluent, smart, informed, and took the thankless task of wading into the morass of pop kudzu on the internet seriously. It was her sensibility that garnered whatever readership the site had. Now that her ... More >>
Local children had a number of crappy shows with which to entertain themselves or drown out their parents' drunken yelling in the 60s. Most of the hosts were anodyne, cheerful dopes like Officer Joe Bolton. But Soupy Sales, who has passed away at age 83, was different. He was hard-working and rubb ... More >>
A drag-queen-less field trip to Lucky Cheng's
We might call this "David Rosen gets action": Mayor Bloomberg has outlined the city's new plans to meet the swine flu threat. Along with free vaccinations for grade school students, the city will turn some of its medical clinics into "flu centers" at which citizens may obtain information and ... More >>
This is a Jimmy Kimmel Live clip of 50 Cent dousing Sesame Street's Elmo with Vitamin Water after celebrity chef Adam Perry had shaved the furry red creature and began barbecuing him. Nobody promotes new albums like 50 Cent, whose War Angel mixtape--the cover of which seems to borrow both the apoc ... More >>
Pete Seeger only turns 90 once, so why not have a big party? True to the folk singer's activist legacy, this packed Madison Square Garden celebration was a fundraiser for the Clearwater sloop and sailboat-centered foundation that Seeger built in 1969 to raise awareness about a then-near-dead Hudso ... More >>
Kids' TV star skidoos onto Yoshimi's planet, leaves clues
That Corporate Rodent Descends Upon Central Park Again