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'Sesame Street': Anna Kendrick demonstrates the word 'absorb' with Elmo and Abby -- VIDEO

Acting with puppets was nothing new for Anna Kendrick when she visited Sesame Street. The Pitch Perfect star had appeared in a music video with the Fraggles, Ben Folds Five and Chris Hardwick in 2012.

“All I need to do now is the Muppets, and I’ve got the ultimate trifecta,” Kendrick told EW on the set of Sesame Street.

With her previous bit of acting alongside Jim Henson creations, Kendrick knew to expect the puppeteers to chat with her, in character, via their puppets, during her time on set. But even that didn’t quite prepare Kendrick for when little Abby Cadabby the fairy told her, “I really liked your arc and range in Up in the Air.”

“That was a freaky experience,” the Oscar-nominee said.

She teamed up with Abby and Elmo for Sesame Street‘s “Word on the Street” segment, where she teaches kids about the word “absorb.” If Kendrick could have picked any other Sesame Street resident to join her for the segment, she’d invite Mr. Snuffleupagus, a favorite from her days watching the PBS program as a kid.

“But I think that might be a little hard to get in frame — me and Snuffleupagus,” the diminutive actress noted.

Check out Kendrick’s Sesame Street appearance below: READ FULL STORY

Actress-novelist Lauren Graham teaches kids the word 'author' on 'Sesame Street' -- VIDEO

Only in Hollywood: The same week that Gilmore Girls alum Lauren Graham was asked to appear on Sesame Street, she also got an offer to appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

“I was just marveling at the range of opportunities out there,” Graham told EW.

The Drag Race gig didn’t work out due to scheduling conflicts, but Graham did have a chance to visit Sesame Street last June during the show’s Celeb Week — when the Muppets and their puppeteers ship off to Los Angeles for a week to tape segments with celebrity after celebrity.

Graham’s segment teaches kids about the word “author” — an apt choice, since her debut novel Someday, Someday Maybe hit the New York Times Best Seller list last year.


'True Blood' star Rutina Wesley teaches kids the word 'plan,' meets some vampire Muppets on 'Sesame Street' -- VIDEO

When True Blood star Rutina Wesley visited Sesame Street, she probably didn’t plan on meeting any vampires (the Count wasn’t around that day). But Tara Thornton’s real-life alter ego still managed to encounter some fellow vampires when she filmed a segment for the PBS show last June.

“My fangs are still growing in,” Elmo told Wesley, proudly baring his big toothless grin. The furry red monster and scene partner Abby Cadabby then presented the guest star with their best vampire hisses. (So faerie-vampires do exist.)

Wesley joined Elmo and Abby for Sesame Street‘s “Word on the Street” segment to teach kids about the word “plan.” Check out her guest appearance in the video below, then read on for more of EW’s details from the set. READ FULL STORY

One Direction visits 'Sesame Street' to teach us about 'U' -- VIDEO


One Direction has added a new stop to their Where We Are tour, which kicks off April 25 in Colombia — but this location isn’t a place you’ll find on the back of a T-shirt. The popular boy band will make an appearance on Sesame Street in the fall singing about, what else? U, of course!

…The letter “U,” that is. The quintet — Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik — will join the hit PBS show to teach us all about the 21st letter of the alphabet with a catchy song that will probably sound more than a little familiar to die-hard 1D fans (hint: think a certain 2011 hit single).

Check out the preview clip below for some pure adorableness (and seriously, boys aside, that “U” puppet is pretty darn cute too.)

'Sesame Street': Ginnifer Goodwin and Abby Cadabby go on an adventure -- VIDEO

Once Upon a Time star Ginnifer Goodwin has made a trip to Sesame Street, and, naturally, it’s a guest appearance that befits a princess. Taking a break from what the actress calls “her day job” playing Snow White on Once Upon a Time, Goodwin teams up with fairy Muppet Abby Cadabby to teach kids about the word “adventure.”

Goodwin learned that Sesame Street wanted her on the show via an email from her publicist. Having grown up watching the PBS series with her younger sister, Goodwin’s reply was pretty enthusiastic: “I believe my response was in all-caps, and there was a lot of cursing and happiness,” she told EW. READ FULL STORY

Hank Azaria mimics Cookie Monster, Grover, and more on 'Sesame Street' -- VIDEO

Grover may be owed some thanks for all the superb voice acting Hank Azaria has done on The Simpsons. The blue Muppet was the first character Azaria ever did an impression of, long before he found success in both voice performance and live-action work.

“I remember talking like Grover as a little kid,” said Azaria, who was 5 years old when Sesame Street first aired. “I was at the exact right age… so it was a huge event in my life when Sesame Street premiered.”

Azaria appears on Sesame Street alongside Elmo, but while on set he made sure to find time to meet Eric Robertson, who has puppeteered Grover since 2001.

In Azaria’s “Word on the Street” segment, he teaches Elmo — and young viewers at home — the meaning of the word “imposter.” He dons hats that look like Cookie Monster and other Sesame Street characters, while taking on their recognizable voices. Naturally, the episode will air on Halloween.

Jesse Williams guest stars on 'Sesame Street' to teach kids the word 'furious' -- VIDEO

For Sesame Street visitors of all ages, characters like Elmo, Grover, and Cookie Monster aren’t just pieces of felt and faux fur on a human arm — they’re living, breathing creatures.

“There’s a real alchemy with puppets. It’s like magic,” Sesame Street head writer and puppeteer Joey Mazzarino tells EW. “You put it on, it comes to life, and you lose the thing behind it, whether it’s me or one of the other puppeteers.”

Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams felt that same alchemy when he filmed a guest appearance on Sesame Street. Williams appears on Thursday’s episode, teaching viewers about the word “furious” alongside Elmo and a fly named Felix. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey gets over her nerves to teach kids the word 'relax' on Sesame Street -- VIDEO

Lena Headey plays the cunning queen Cersei on Game of Thrones, but when she taped her guest appearance on Sesame Street, that intimidating persona was nowhere to be seen — in fact, Headey found herself a little intimidated by the experience.

In a “Word on the Street” segment on the PBS show, Headey teaches kids the word “relax,” which she told EW on set was “ironic, ’cause I’m terrified right now!”

It was a guest role that meant a lot to her, having grown up watching Sesame Street in Bermuda. She recalled loving Big Bird as a kid and having a Sesame Street play set with miniature versions of the characters. When Headey told her parents that she’d scored a guest role on the show, her dad started crying. “It was what we watched together, so he was beside himself,” she said.

When Superman met Super Grover: Henry Cavill visits 'Sesame Street' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Super Grover and Superman!

Season 44 of Sesame Street kicks off on PBS today, and as has become custom, some familiar faces will appear on the beloved kids show throughout the season. On the premiere, which airs at 10 a.m. ET/PT, Elmo, Cookie Monster, et al. will be visited by Charlize Theron and Dave Matthews. Then in Tuesday’s episode, things will get heroic on Sesame Street when Superman himself, Man of Steel star Henry Cavill, swoops in.

The British actor filmed his segment during Sesame Street‘s annual Celeb Week, when the show’s New York-based cast and crew pack up their puppets and fly to Los Angeles for a few days of taping celebrity guest appearances. Celebs like Usher and Ginnifer Goodwin step on set on the hour, every hour for back-to-back tapings of segments for the show’s upcoming season.

Cavill appears in a “Word on the Street” segment with Elmo, the Three Little Pigs, and the Big Bad Wolf to teach kids about the word “respect.” But of course the newest Superman couldn’t leave set without taking time to meet another Muppet — or, rather, the alter ego of another Muppet — who knows a thing or two about wearing capes and saving the day. Before leaving set to get back to his busy Man of Steel promotion schedule (his Sesame Street visit was a mere week ahead of the blockbuster’s release), he took time for a photo opp with Super Grover.

EW has an exclusive photo of the moment when Superman met Super Grover. Check out the full image below, then read on for more details from the set of Cavill’s Sesame Street guest appearance. READ FULL STORY

Discovery Channel's 'Great Bear Stakeout': Up close and personal with grizzlies -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Discovery Channel is getting very daring in its latest endeavor to teach viewers about wildlife.

In the upcoming special Great Bear Stakeout, which Discovery made with BBC, a team of experts venture to Alaska to chronicle grizzly bears for the full five months they’re out of hibernation, culminating with their annual salmon run. Where the daring comes in is how very close these scientists got to the bears. Check out an EW exclusive clip of a close encounter below. READ FULL STORY

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