Elmo Heads to Primetime this Christmas

Parents make sure you set your Tivo for ABC this holiday season because Elmo and friends are headed to prime time for a Christmas special with a host of guest stars.

Elmo’s Christmas CountdownAccording to the Hollywood Reporter, the Muppets from Sesame Street have been signed up for their own one-hour holiday special.  “Elmo’s Christmas Countdown” will air on ABC this holiday season. 

Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum), Tony Sirico (Sopranos) and Steve Schirripa (Sopranos) will be on hand to help Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, the Count, Grover and Snuffy count down the days until Christmas.  Stiller, who gets his own muppet — Stiller the Elf, will serve as narrator.  Sirico and Schirripa will play Bert and Ernie.  Not sure how Bert and Ernie feel about that.

Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Sheryl Crow, Jennifer Hudson, Brad Paisley and Ty Pennington will provide musical entertainment on the special.  I didn’t realize Ty has musical abilities.

It’ll be nice to see the Muppets back in primetime, but personally I would’ve preferred Kermit and Fozzie.  However, my kids will be delighted with more Elmo.  Even if we watch it live, I’ll be DVRing it so the twins can see it over and over.

“Elmo’s Christmas Countdown is scheduled to air on December 23 at 7 p.m. on ABC.

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