New ’Sesame Street’ Muppet for special on hunger
Thursday, October 6, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — “Sesame Street” is getting a new Muppet — at least for a night.
The children’s show is introducing a new puppet character named Lily for special on Sunday that talks to children about poverty and hunger.
Lily is a 7-year-old who talks to viewers about insecurity over whether her family will have enough to eat. The puppet goes to a pantry for food and also volunteers there.
“Sesame Street” executive Jeanette Betancourt says the show invents new Muppets occasionally, usually to help illustrate particular social issues. Four years ago a Muppet was created for a special on military families at a time of war.
Country star Brad Paisley is host of Sunday’s special, called “Growing Hope Against Hunger.”