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A Few Casting Suggestions For The Upcoming Sesame Street Adaptation Of Mad Men

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According to Joel Keller of TVSquad, Miranda Berry of Sesame Workshop has announced that Sesame Street will parody Mad Men (without the smoking and drinking, of course) during its upcoming season. Naturally, the Muppet world is rife with casting speculation.

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While the folks at Sesame Street will most likely create new characters specifically for the spoof, as they've so often done in the past, I thought it might be fun to cast a few old school Sesame characters in major Mad Men roles. Let's break it down, shall we?


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Prairie Dawn as Peggy Olson: Like Peggy, Prairie Dawn is a writer who, often enough, is the only female Muppet in a world filled with males. And nobody can argue that she's already got the hairdo down pat.


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Lefty the Salesman as Don Draper: Lefty the Salesman wasn't much of a salesman, but perhaps his attempts at selling shady merchandise to the folks of Sesame Street will help him prepare for the role of Don Draper. If nothing else, he looks good in a fedora.


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Clementine as Betty Draper: Clementine's boyfriend, Forgetful Jones, often neglects her due to his poor memory. Perhaps she could channel some of that frustration into playing the oft-neglected Betty Draper?


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Cookie Monster as Roger Sterling: Roger Sterling always wants to have his cake and eat it, too. Related: Cookie Monster will happily play any role that can even remotely be linked to the consumption of pastries.


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Bert and Ernie as Ken Cosgrove and Paul Kinsey: Though Bert and Ernie are best friends, they know what it's like to not always see eye to eye. Will they be able to pull off the tension and jealousy that arises at times between co-workers Kinsey and Cosgrove? Of course they will, people. Bert's uni-brow alone can bring the drama when necessary.


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Telly Monster as Freddy Rumsen: Telly, like Freddy, is always a mess and can never seem to keep it together. They're a sad-faced match made in Heaven.


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Lady Two as Joan Holloway: A former girlfriend of Count Von Count, Lady Two clearly knows how to vamp it up, and her sassy dress and bright red hair are perfect for the part.


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Elmo as Pete Campbell: Elmo is younger than most of his cast mates, but that doesn't stop him from trying to grab the spotlight at every opportunity. Oh, he may seem cute, but he can't be trusted. Elmo's already succeeded in getting his own show-within-a-show on Sesame Street. Surely he understands Pete's desire to get to the top.


There are still a few major roles that need to be filled: feel free to add your suggestions in the comments!

Sesame Street Will Have A Mad Men Parody This Year-TCA Report [TVSquad]

[Sesame Street Images via Muppet Wiki]

[Mad Men images via AMC]

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DISCUSSION

Lizzie24601
Liz Weinbl

How this will actually go:

Grover has a clipboard and a megaphone. Prairie Dawn, a camera.

GROVER

Alright, gather round people, gather round! Now today I, Grover, will be making my deee-rec-torial debut. So don't mess up! Places!

Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Oscar, and others take places.

GROVER

"Mad Men," take one. Roll film, Prairie Dawn. Action!

The cast weeps. Big Bird blows his beak into a giant handkerchief.

GROVER

Stop! Stop! This is terrible!

ERNIE

Gee, I thought I was being real sad.

BERT

I was very touched, Ernie.

ERNIE

Why thanks, Bert.

GROVER

Quiiieeett! You're not supposed to be SAD men. Sad is what you feel when the top scoop falls off your ice cream cone, or when your favorite toy breaks. I want to see MAD men!

EVERYONE

Oh okay — We understand — Yeah sure boss.

GROVER

Alright? Places! Mad Men, take 2. Action!

Everyone grins. Ernie giggles. Elmo dances around.

GROVER

No no no no no!

ERNIE

Was that better, Grover?

GROVER

That wasn't Mad Men! That was Glad Men! Way too happy, yes, far far too happy and glad. No happiness!

EVERYONE

Okay Grover — Will do — Not a problem.

GROVER

Okay. Good. Do you understand what I mean by mad? Like how you feel when you get woken up too early, or when you can't find your baseball, or when you have to eat brussel sprouts.

EVERYONE

Ew.

BERT

Ooh ooh, brussel sprouts, I want, me!

GROVER

That is mad. Do you all know how to feel mad?

ERNIE

We sure do!

GROVER

Great! Wonderful! Fantastic! Show me the mad! Mad Men, take three. Action!

He looks at his cast, and suddenly they are all wearing plaid shirts.

GROVER

What is— . Oh. I see. Plaid Men. You're wearing plaid. WHY ARE YOU WEARING PLAID I TOLD YOU TO BE MAD HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU—

ERNIE

Mad Men, take four! Action!

Prairie Dawn spins the camera around on Grover and films him going ballistic.

ERNIE

Now *that's* mad! Heeheehee.

Aaand scene.