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April 14, 2021

First Lady Jill Biden, Unhcr Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, John Oliver and Rosie Perez Join the Star-Studded Roster for ABC’s ‘Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days,’ Produced by Time Studios, Airing Monday, April 26, at 8|7C

First Lady Jill Biden, Unhcr Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, John Oliver and Rosie Perez Join the Star-Studded Roster for ABC’s ‘Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days,’ Produced by Time Studios, Airing Monday, April 26, at 8|7C

April 14, 2021

   

FIRST LADY JILL BIDEN, UNHCR SPECIAL ENVOY ANGELINA JOLIE, 

JOHN OLIVER AND ROSIE PEREZ JOIN THE STAR-STUDDED ROSTER FOR ABC’S ‘SESAME STREET: 50 YEARS OF SUNNY DAYS,’ PRODUCED BY TIME STUDIOS, AIRING MONDAY, APRIL 26, AT 8|7C

 

FEATURING ORIGINAL MUSIC FROM THE LEGENDARY STEVIE WONDER

AND NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN FOOTAGE 

 

Watch the Newest Promo HERE

 

The first lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, John Oliver and Rosie Perez join the incredible lineup of special guests for the two-hour documentary “Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days,” a special produced by TIME Studios airing MONDAY, APRIL 26 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Stevie Wonder, known for his iconic performances of “123 Sesame Street” and “Superstition” on the beloved series, will perform his re-imagined version of “Sesame Street” classic “Sunny Days” for the documentary. The special can be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

 

The documentary, which highlights the more than 50-year impact of this iconic show and the nonprofit behind it, Sesame Workshop, will also include never-before-seen footage of an episode produced in 1992 focusing on the topic of divorce and around the experience of Mr. Snuffleupagus and his family. The special will examine the decision to ultimately not air the episode, marking the only time in the show’s history such a decision was made.

 

“Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days” reflects upon the efforts that have earned “Sesame Street” unparalleled respect and qualification around the globe, including addressing their responsibility to social issues that have historically been seen as taboo such as racial injustice. This special, as originally announced by ABC in March, also chronicles the creation and introduction of a Black family of “Sesame Street” Muppets, Wes and Elijah Walker, a father-and-son duo who are at the heart of Sesame Workshop’s new racial justice initiative Coming Together. Previously announced special guests include W. Kamau Bell, Gloria Estefan, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Whoopi Goldberg, Christopher Jackson, John Legend, Lucy Liu, Olivia Munn, Questlove, Chrissy Teigen and Usher.

 

For TIME Studios, the production is directed by Rebecca Gitlitz and executive produced by Alexa Conway and Ian Orefice.

 

About ABC Entertainment

ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” the longest-running medical drama in primetime television; riveting dramas “The Good Doctor,” “A Million Little Things” and “Station 19”; trailblazing comedy favorites “American Housewife,” “black-ish,” “The Conners,” “The Goldbergs” and “mixed-ish”; the popular “Summer Fun & Games” programming block, including “Celebrity Family Feud,” “Holey Moley,” “Match Game,” “Press Your Luck” and “To Tell the Truth”; star-making sensation “American Idol”; reality phenomenon “Shark Tank”; “The Bachelor” franchise; long-running hits “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; “General Hospital,” which has aired for more than 55 years on the network; and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”; as well as two critically acclaimed, Emmy® Award-winning “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” specials. The network also boasts some of television’s most prestigious awards shows, including “The Oscars®,” “The CMA Awards” and the “American Music Awards.”

 

ABC programming can also be viewed on demand and on Hulu.

 

About TIME Studios

TIME Studios is the Emmy award-winning television and film division of TIME, the global media brand that reaches a combined audience of more than 100 million around the world. Built on the foundation of TIME’s award-winning visual journalism, which has earned over 55 major awards and nominations in the last seven years, as well as 577 million video streams across all platforms in 2019, Emmy-winning TIME Studios harnesses the access and authority of one of the world’s most trusted and respected brands to bring premium truth-based programming to television and film around the world, while continuing to push the boundaries of journalism and visual storytelling through new cutting-edge mediums including virtual reality and augmented reality. 

  

About Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re active in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit sesameworkshop.org.

 

For more information about Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days,” visit ABC.com.

 

ABC Media Relations

Lauri Hogan

lauri.l.hogan@abc.com

 

TIME Media Contact 

Kristin Matzen

kristin.matzen@time.com

 

Sesame Workshop Media Contact

Hallie Ruvin

Hallie.Ruvin@sesame.org

 

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