‘Sesame Street’ axes one, two, three favorite human characters
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Three beloved human characters from the 45-year-old children’s show have been given the Sesame Sweep. Bob the music teacher, Gordon the science teacher and Luis the “Mr. Fix-It,” played by Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman and Emilio Delgado respectively, have all been axed.
“They let all of the original cast members go, with the exception of Alan Muraoka — who is probably 20 years younger than the rest of us — and Chris Knowings, who is also young,” McGrath, 84, said at a Florida Supercon Q&A on July 2.
McGrath had been on the Street since its inaugural 1969 season, when the character of Gordon (originally played by Garrett Saunders) was also introduced. Orman took over as Gordon in 1974, and Delgado came on board as Luis in 1971 with his wife, Maria, played by Sonia Manzano.
She left the show last year, but Gordon’s wife Susan (played by Loretta Long) will stick around. For now.
McGrath says these changes have been part of HBO’s retooling of the PBS series for a new cable audience that consists of more tech-savvy kids.
Yeah, tech-savvy kid who have never heard of a handyman or a fix-it shop.