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Parents need to know that The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo is a late-night show for kids and families hosted by Sesame Street's Elmo. The lively red puppet interviews celebrities, accompanied by sidekick Cookie Monster and an all-Muppet band. The show is part of Elmo's night-time routine, so it often includes evening rituals like brushing teeth or a dance break to get all the wiggles out that kids can do with him. The interviews are short and sweet, and guests often sing a song, while other Muppets like Zoe and Abby Cadabby deal with backstage issues, not unlike The Muppet Show. This is a fun series for bedtime (or anytime) for fans of Elmo and his crew.
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What's the story?
THE NOT-TOO-LATE SHOW WITH ELMO stars Sesame Street's Elmo as the host of his own talk show. After dinner in the kitchen, Elmo goes into the living room, where he interviews celebrities, plays games, and sings -- all after he's made sure it's OK with his parents, of course. Cookie Monster plays the Ed McMahon-esque sidekick role, and the audience is a blend of adults, kids, and colorful monsters. Much like another Muppet-manned production, The Muppet Show, backstage antics are frequent, and familiar puppets like Abby Cadabby and Zoe work as stagehands, while Bert and Ernie monitor the control room. At the end of each episode, Elmo sings a ballad about the show's events.
Is it any good?
Who would have thought that this excitable red critter would be the perfect host for a late-night TV show? Elmo is great at banter with the guests, and the content is extremely family-friendly, especially for the preschool set. Kids can play along to the "silly dance" break, while parents will enjoy fun guests like John Mulaney and Kacey Musgraves. The interviews don't contain the usual jokes and promotions late-night guests provide, but that just means they're full of surprises, like a toothbrushing song from the Jonas Brothers. These 20-minute episodes could become part of a family's evening wind-down, but they're fun to watch anytime, and little ones will love having a "late night" experience that's way before parents' bedtime.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Elmo. What do you think has made him such a popular character? What's it like to watch him interact with human celebrities in The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo?
Elmo's parents are kind and supportive of his talk show dreams. Talk about what it means to support someone in their hobbies or interests. What are some things you like to do before going to bed?
What kinds of questions would you ask your favorite celebrity? What makes an interesting question?
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